Curriculum

Exam Board AQA (GCSE/A level)

Subject Aims

  • to motivate and inspire students and kindle a lifelong love of learning languages
  • to foster curious, confident, independent and resilient learners
  • to promote an awareness and acceptance of different cultures locally, nationally and globally
  • to provide students with the skills to communicate effectively in at least one foreign language
  • to build students’ cultural capital by engaging with, and learning from, culturally enriching activities and authentic materials
  • to enable students to use the foreign language in real life contexts
  • to broaden students’ horizons through educational visits abroad, extra-curricular clubs and opportunities to use their foreign language skills in real-time

Modern Languages Staff

Mrs S Walklate – Head of MFL

Miss M McKenna

Ms A. Mertz

Mrs A. Taylor

Ms R. Parsons

Key Stage 3

All students at Painsley Catholic College study one modern foreign language throughout Key Stage 3 and 4. Students will have the opportunity to join a French, German or Spanish club if they wish to further broaden their MFL skills. The language that each Year 7 intake studies is decided by the school.

Key Stage 3 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 7 and 8 include:

Year 7

Term 1: Introductions and personal information, hobbies and interests

Term 2: School and routines

Term 3: Family and friends, where I live

Year 8

Term 1: Holidays, life as a young person today

Term 2: Eating out, festivals and celebrations

Term 3: Making plans, planning trips

Year 7 & 8 outcomes: Students will develop their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills over time, underpinned by a secure knowledge of phonics in the new language. Students will have an embedded understanding of basic grammar including sentence structure, verb formation and expressing opinions. They will confidently apply strategies to deal with unknown vocabulary and extended texts and audio.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 begins in Year 9 and the AQA GCSE specification is followed. Year 9 students will further develop their Key Stage 3 skills and deepen their language knowledge by learning how to use more complex vocabulary and grammatical structures, including a wider variety of verb tenses. All students continue to study the language they have studied throughout KS3, but are also given the opportunity to take a GCSE in a second language ab initio.

Year 9 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 9 include:

Term 1: Weekly routines, birthday celebrations and job aspirations

Term 2: Health and fitness, children’s rights

Term 3: Day trips and visits

Year 9 Outcomes: By the end of Year 9, students will confidently use listening, reading, speaking, writing and translation skills in the modern foreign language. They will be able to recognise and use a range of present, past and future tenses, develop a spoken or written piece of work using opinions, reasons and a variety of vocabulary and structures, and understand how to prepare answers to a role play and photo card.

Year 10 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 10 include:

Term 1: Holidays, school

Term 2:  Socialising and modern technology

Term 3:  Free time interests and the local area

Year 10 Outcomes: By the end of Year 10, students will confidently use higher level listening, reading, speaking, writing and translation skills in the modern foreign language. They will be able to recognise and use a bigger range of present, past and future tenses, and develop a spoken or written piece of work on an increasing range of topics. They will understand how to prepare longer, more complex answers to questions on a wide range of topics.

Year 11 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 11 include:

Term 1: Health & illness, diet, festivals & celebrations

Term 2: Post-16 education and jobs/ Social issues

Term 3: Exam preparation

Year 11 Outcomes: By the end of Year 11, students will be able to confidently apply their listening, reading, speaking, writing and translation skills in the modern foreign language in response to a range of tasks. Their vocabulary knowledge will be wide and their grammar knowledge will be secure. They will be able to demonstrate their contextual and cultural knowledge of the country or countries where the modern foreign language is spoken. They will be able to appropriately adapt their language use to suit the situation where its need is demanded.

Key Stage 5

A Level courses are offered in French, German and Spanish at Painsley Sixth Form College and run over two years. The AQA A-Level specification is followed.

Year 12 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 12 include:

Term 1:     Aspects of German/Spanish/French-speaking society: Family and partnership/ The digital world

Term 2:    Artistic culture in the German/Spanish/French -speaking world: Fashion, music and television/ Festivals and traditions

Term 3:    Artistic culture in the German/Spanish/French-speaking world: Art and architecture

Year 13 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 13 include:

Term 1:     Multiculturalism in German/Spanish/French-speaking society: Migration and immigration/ Racism

Term 2:    Aspects of political life in the German/Spanish/French -speaking world: Europe / Politics and youth

Term 3:    Aspects of political life in the German/Spanish/French -speaking world

Students also study 1 film and 1 literary text, chosen from a list prepared by the exam board, with input from the students. In addition, students complete an Independent Research Project over the course of the 2 years, based on one particular point of interest to the student of the culture, history or language of the Germanic, Hispanic or Francophone world.

Useful Links

German

Key Stage 3

www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/german/german.htm

www.kidsweb.de/ (German news for children)

www.kika.de/ (German children’s TV channel)

Key Stage 4

www.languageguide.org/german/vocabulary/ (vocabulary builder)

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/german/
www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/german

Spanish

Key Stage 3

https://rockalingua.com/

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/spanish/spanish.htm

Key Stage 4

www.languageguide.org/spanish/vocabulary/ (vocabulary builder and grammar)
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/spanish/

https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/spanish

French

Key Stage 3

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/french/french.htm

https://dinolingo.com/learn-french-for-kids

Key Stage 4

https://www.languageguide.org/french/vocabulary/ (vocabulary builder and grammar)
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french/

https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/french

Recommended Websites for Learning Languages

https://quizlet.com/

www.wordreference.com (recommended online dictionary)

https://conjuguemos.com/

www.languagesonline.org.uk

http://www.busuu.com/enc/ – French/German/Spanish/Portuguese/

Russian/Polish/Turkish/Italian/Arabic/Japanese/Chinese/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ – 40 different languages!

https://www.duolingo.com/

Advice on Learning Languages

http://www.omniglot.com/language/index.htm – Advice, suggestions, tips and techniques for learning languages

Communicating with Students of other Nationalities

http://www.penpalworld.com/ – Get a pen-pal from another country

http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/penpals.asp – Get a pen-pal

Extra-Curricular – Languages Club

The MFL department runs a Languages Club every Wednesday lunchtime at 12.30pm. It is open to all students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Students have the opportunity to learn about different languages and cultures from all over the world and the activities are led by the students themselves.

MFL Trips

Year 9 Trips

Every year in activities week in July, the MFL department takes Year 9 students to Germany, Spain or France for five days.

Learning Journey

MFL Learning Journey

Curriculum Statement

MFL-Curriculum-Statement

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