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City of Peterborough Academy

KS3 & KS4 Languages (MFL)

KS3 Languages

KS3 Languages

The focus in KS3 for MFL is to develop knowledge in the four key skills required when learning a Modern Foreign Language - reading, writing, listening and speaking, with an emphasis on pronunciation. The pupils are assessed every half term to ensure progression and attainment is achieved. French and Spanish are taught in Year 7 and Year 8.

Year 7 French

Throughout the autumn term, pupils learn to talk about themselves and family members, including pets and where they live. They also learn about classroom objects and are be able to give opinions and reasons. Furthermore, they will learn the numbers 1-40. Another focus will be on describing people, both physically and their characteristics which will teach them how to make adjectival agreements

Throughout the spring term, they will learn how to tell the time and talk about Academy subjects which again will extend their knowledge of giving opinions and reasons. Subsequently, students will learn about French food and mealtimes as well as how to order at a restaurant.

To raise the attainment of the pupils during the summer term, a second tense will be introduced - the near future tense - and pupils will be taught how to talk about future holiday plans. Number skills will be developed to 100. Revision of all topics will also be undertaken for their Year 7 examinations.

The emphasis for this term will be on developing the pupil’s skills in all of the four areas detailed above, particularly speaking and the use of target language will be encouraged. We will also be focusing on using a combination of the present tense and near future tense including time phrases and connectives and developing and extending paragraphs.

Year 8 French

The initial focus in Y8 will be on describing people, both physically and their characteristics which will teach them how to make adjectival agreements. The present tense will be revisited and pupils will learn how to talk about their hobbies, sports, and health. Towards the end of the autumn term students will also learn to discuss television programmes and share their opinions on different genres of films and music.

 

 

 

In the spring term, students learn about the world of technology and social media. The second half of the term will be about their relationships with parents, how they help at home and the pressures for teenagers nowadays.

During the summer term, students will be learning about diet, health and fitness. This would be their last term prior to GCSE and the focus will be on all 4 skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. There will be revision of grammar, especially the combination of 2 time frames, and contents covered in previous terms.

 

Year 7 Spanish

Throughout the autumn term, pupils learn to talk about themselves and family members, including pets and where they live. They also learn about classroom objects and are be able to give opinions and reasons. Furthermore, they will learn the numbers 1-31. Towards the end of the term, they will also cover physical descriptions and personality traits, which will teach them adjectival agreements. A cultural focus will be introduced to compare Christmas in Spain and England.

Throughout the spring term, their knowledge of talking about where they live is developed and they will learn to talk about what there is in their town and asking for and giving directions. Number skills will be developed to 100. Pupils will be able to describe their house in detail and understand prepositions. They will also be able to talk about evening activities and hobbies and will learn how to use the present tense. We will be looking at tradition and cultural differences surrounding Easter.

During the summer term, we will be learning about school subjects, teachers and GCSE plans. We will cover telling the time in Spanish and  studying daily routine as well as revising all topics in preparation for examinations.

Year 8 Spanish

During the autumn term, students will be focusing on revising key skills learned in year 7, like adjectival agreements, conjugation of regular verbs and opinions and justifications. They will be learning about their lives, including free time activities and sports and describing television programmes. There will be a strong focus on developing opinions with extended reasons.

In the spring term they will move on to describing past holidays, thus learning to use the preterite (simple past) tense. They will learn about food and healthy eating habits. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about spring festivities in Spain and the culture of ‘tapas’.

During the summer term, students will learn to describe clothes and what they like to wear. They will also have the opportunity to revise all topics in preparation for their end of year examinations.

 

KS4 French & Spanish

Our Key Stage 4 pupils follow the AQA specification for French and Spanish. To ensure pupils are fully equipped for the AQA examinations, over the course of Year 9, Year 10 and 11 in Spanish and French, pupils will cover three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers. Pupils are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where Spanish or French is spoken. Our scheme of learning encourages Pupils to develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of Spanish or French will broaden their horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world.

Pupils study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

The qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Students will be entered for either Higher Tier (grades 4–9) or Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) examinations at the end of Year 11. Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.

Pupils at the City of Peterborough Academy are provided with a Kerboodle login which gives them access to all vocabulary lists, grammar, readings, listening practice speaking preparation and writing skills necessary for their GCSE.

 

MFL Staff

Head of Languages & Language Development Mr M Konteh
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages Mrs H Souifi
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages Mrs E Manzano
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages Ms M Bailey

Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages /

Assistant Principal

Mrs R Spencer