Curriculum Intent

 

Learning a foreign language allows pupils to broaden their understanding of cultures, countries and people and we aim to prepare students to become global citizens in our ever-diversifying world. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity  by incorporating topics that are relevant to them. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes to allow experiences for authentic language exchange. All pupils, regardless of their option choices, will leave KS3 with practical language they could use in the country of study. 


For those who opt for languages at KS4, KS3 language teaching provides a foundation to compete for jobs in the international marketplace by inspiring a lifelong love of languages and developing independent language learning skills through an emphasis on linguistic manipulation, grammar and authentic materials.

 

What will your child study at KS3?

 

KS3 Spanish

KS3 French

Spanish Gateway


GCSE/Btec course exam boards specification

Link to French GCSE Spec 

Link to Spanish GCSE Spec

 

KS4 content summary

KS4 Curriculum plan Spanish

KS4 Curriculum plan French

 

Exams

Paper 1: Listening and understanding in French/Spanish

Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks 

Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks 

25% of the total qualification

 

Paper 2: Speaking in Spanish 

Internally conducted and externally assessed 

Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 70 marks 

Higher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 70 marks 

25% of the total qualification

 

Paper 3: Reading and understanding in Spanish 

Foundation tier: 45 minutes; 50 marks 

Higher tier: 1 hour; 50 marks 

25% of the total qualification

 

Paper 4: Writing in Spanish 

Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes; 60 marks 

Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes; 60 marks 

25% of the total qualification

 

Revision Guides

Revision Guides for GCSE French and Spanish

 

  • Grammar and Translation Workbook (this is provided for students when the GCSE course begins)

 

The following two books are available to purchase in year 11:

  • Revise Edexcel GCSE 9-1 - French revision guide.

  • Revise Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Spanish revision guide.

 

  • Revise Edexcel GCSE 9-1 - French revision workbook.

  • Revise Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Spanish revision workbook

 

Staff list

Mrs R Wilkinson - Curriculum Leader for Languages

Miss B Cosgrove - Curriculum Leader for Languages 

Mrs J Donogue - Teacher of Languages

Mr A Stalker - Teacher of Languages

 

Extra-curricular activities

  • The department offers a vast range of activities, including the following (not exhaustive list):

  • Spanish visit

  • Pen pal letters to Spain and France

  • Andalucía trip

  • Various college visits in school

  • University of Manchester visits

  • Competitions such as the MFL Spelling Bee

  • House competitions

  • Family Learning

  • Catch-up sessions and clubs

 

Careers leading on from modern foreign languages