Modern Foreign Languages

Years 7-9

Introduction and Overview

Key Stage 3 Course

Year 7 Topics:   

Information about one’s self

  • Family.
  • Local environment.
  • Snacks and drinks

Initially there is an overlap with knowledge learnt in the Primary School. However, after the first half term, most pupils are learning new material. We aim to encourage more confident pupils to buddy those who have no prior knowledge, and with differentiation, most if not all feel that they are still learning and benefitting from revisiting material. We teach grammar and enable pupils to be confident in the four language skills ( listening, speaking, reading and writing)    

Year 8 Topics:    

  • Family and jobs
  • Leisure
  • Food and drink 

Year 9 Topics :   

  • Media
  • Future plans
  • Health and well being
  • Revision of grammar learnt at KS3

We introduce Spanish in Year 8 as we want our pupils to be introduced to another foreign language. Currently pupils have 2 lessons of Spanish every two weeks and one lesson every two weeks in Year 9.  

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Ask them what they have learnt today. Get them to teach you!
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments. Regular learning of a language is the most effective. Don’t worry if you‘re not confident. They will tell you what/ how to test them.
  • Encourage them to go online. Zut.org is a free online resource if used out of school hours and is a really engaging website for both French and Spanish.
  • We have a subscription to Linguascope which is also very good to help them learn and make progress. We give them the password in school and they can then access the site at home or on their phone.

Web Links

www.zut.org

www.linguascope.com

www.duolingo.com

Additional Reading

We have a selection of French reading books pupils can borrow.