Europe is a single market for goods, labour and services, Britain’s wealth depends on our continued global trading. People who have a skill in a foreign language will be at a great advantage when looking for jobs. Employers tell us that those who have studied a Modern Language to at least GCSE have skills which they value highly and they therefore look for Language qualifications when short listing for interview. Many jobs and courses require students to have qualifications in Modern Languages. The skills acquired studying a Modern Language to GCSE form a sound basis for the future study of any other language, for business or leisure projects.
Students at Pool Academy study French at Key Stage 3 and French, German or Spanish at Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 4 some students study 2 languages.
GCSE French, Spanish and German courses
Students studying French, Spanish or German will follow a course of study which leads to the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance GCSE.
They will learn how to use the language effectively for practical communication as well as imaginatively and creatively. They will develop an awareness of grammatical structure and acquire the skills and attitudes which will form a sound basis for further study, work and leisure. Students will also learn about the culture of the countries being studied.
The course is assessed through written coursework prepared during lesson time, a speaking test also prepared and recorded during normal school time and reading and listening tests which are done at the end of the course.
Pupils will be required to demonstrate ability to:
- understand and respond to the spoken language (Attainment Target 1 – Listening)
- communicate in speech (Attainment Target 2 - Speaking)
- understand and respond to written language (Attainment Target 3 - Reading)
- communicate in writing (Attainment Target 4 - Writing).
Y7 - At a Glance- French:
A brief overview of Topics and Structures.
Introducing yourself, brothers and sisters, family, pets, describing yourself and other people.
Using un/une, le/la/les. Je, tu, avoir, s'appeler, colours, adjective agreements.
Introductions, name, how are you? Meeting people, classroom objects, age, numbers, birthday, dates,
Where you live, describing home, describing bedroom, what you do in the evening, telling the time, places in town, directions, prepositions, opinions, buying things, snack bar.
Je, tu, habiter, tu, vous, difference, on, ils, elles, er verbs, question words.
Daily routine, school, opinions and reasons, sports, musical instruments, hobbies, leisure centre, holidays.
Reflexive verbs, nous, intensifiers, connectives, longer texts, faire, jouer , aimer + infinitive, on peut +inf. Aller + inf.
Scheme of Learning- French
TV, cinema ,books. Perfect tense, aller +infinitive.
Future careers. Future tense.
Illness, healthy living. Perfect tense, imperatives.
Il était une fois
Sports and what we used to do. Imperfect tense.
Summer 1 On y va
Holidays and travel, accommodation. Using different tenses in sentences.
Les droits des jeunes
Schools, work, world issues, religion, human rights. Pos.adjectives, indirect object pronouns, modal verbs in conditional.
Autumn 1 Moi
Self, family friends, hobbies. Revision and extension of present tense,aimer + inf. Reflexive verbs, agreements, perfect tense, aller + inf.
Leisure activities and sport. Object pronouns,modal verbs, perf. imperf. tenses.
Home, local area. Adjectives,comparatives, superlatives.
Shopping, travel, fashion. Present, perfect, imperfect, future tenses.
School, opinions, school day, rules and pressures. Using imperfect, perfect, present, future, conditional tenses including reflexive verbs.
Le collège 2
Detailed preparation for course work tasks.
Il faut bosser!
Jobs, problems at work, work experience. Contrasting perfect and imperfect tenses.
Holidays. Imperfect,perfect, present, future and conditional tenses. Coursework
Mode de vie
Healthy lifestyle, addiction, relationships. Tenses, impersonal verbs.
Le monde en danger
World issues, local problems, environment, news stories. Tenses.
Coursework is during years 10 and 11 and will come at the end of the unit. It may be speaking or writing. The units assessed are at the teacher's discretion.
Scheme of Learning- German
Computers, music, TV, Describing films, giving opinions
'Ich denke, dass...'
Imperfect Tense 'war / waren
Opinions with reasons using 'weil'
Modal verbs 'sollen, dürfen, müssen'
Using Present and Perfect Tenses
Conditional 'ich würde'
Future plans, using the Future Tense with 'werden'
Jobs – using prepositions with the dative
'dieser, diese, dieses'for Jobs and for giving opinions
Modal verbs in the Imperfect Tense
CV – using formal language 'Sie / Ihr'
Die Welt / Umwelt
'wenn' – if and when at the beginning of a sentence to say what's important to you
Daily routine using separable and reflexive verbs
Say what you will do when you are grown up using the Future Tense
'Umweltschutz' Level 6 – using all three tenses (Present, Perfect and Future) incl. separable verbs
Understanding and creatingmore complex texts
Extended reading practise
Talking about your family and who you get on well with using possessive adjectives
Famous people – using 'ihn / sie'(him / her)
Going on a blind date – conditional 'ich würde' + infinitive + 'weil'(giving a reason)
A disastrous date – using the Imperfect Tense
Characters in a soap opera – use formal and informal language
Reading and presenting information about the 'Bundesländer' – asking and answering questions
Finding out about areas of Germany using adjective agreements
Planning a visit to Germany – Time-Manner-Place rule for sentence structures
Asking or prices and opening hours
Interviewing tourists in different Tenses
Understanding a complex text
Writing a brochure
Scheme of Learning- Spanish
Los medios de communicacion
Present tense, opinions, near future, preterite and present together
answering and asking questions, a mi, a ti for emphasis, superlatives, se debe and se puede, three tenses together
me duele(n), tener and estar correct use, using DOPs, para to make more complex sentences, three tenses together
Ganarse la vida
third person verb forms, me gustaria, masc and fem job titles, 3 tenses together, future tense
El mundo hispano
create poster about a Spanish speaking country, reflexive verbs, condition of deber, use preterite in 3rd pers sing, three tenses together
Le present a mis padres
learn about a region of Spain, use modal verbs, using usted, use 3 tenses together, forming complex sentences.
describing people, introducing people, describing where you live, expressing opinions and making comparisons
En el cole
talking about your school, describing what you do every day, talk about free time activities, talking about holiday plans
making plans based on weather and local activities – booking a table and ordering a meal, reading about holidays, describing what you did on holiday
finding your way around the station and buying tickets, expressing opinions about travel, dealing with accidents and breakdowns.
Que te ha pasado?
Saying why you feel ill or how you’ve hurt yourself, booking accommodation and arriving at a campsite, checking into a hotel or campsite, describing lost property, making complains in a hotel.
En casa y en el trabajo
saying what you do at home to help, describing part time jobs and how you spend your money, work experience, lifestyle and health advice, tv programmes and films
shopping in a department store, opinions and preferences about shopping, buying food in the market, buying clothes and making comparisons, complaining about problems with purchases.
reading about what is on and buying tickets, making a date, reading and discussing newspapers, magazines and articles, saying what you thought about a film or event.
describing personality, describing problems at home and at school, discussing the dangers of drug dependency, talking about environmental issues.
discussion the options for further education , talking about career choices, making a job application, thinking about the future
Coursework is during years 10 and 11 and will come at the end of the unit. It may be speaking or writing. The units assessed are at the teacher’s discretion.
Languages Online- http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/
My French Resources- http://www.myfrenchresources.com/
Miss S Stephens
Head of Department
Miss J Mills
Mrs V Holzmann