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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Modern Foreign Languages

The MFL Department's goals are to give students the opportunity to:

  • become confident speakers who can use the target MFL language spontaneously to converse inside and outside the classroom
  • develop good pronunciation and intonation by applying the phonics system to correct and predict the pronunciation of new words
  • develop their ability to understand the spoken and written target language across a range of authentic materials (including literary texts), topics and registers
  • develop their awareness about grammar and language patterns so they can speak, write and translate appropriately, creatively and with increasing accuracy.
  • acquire transferable language learning and literacy skills
  • widen their cultural knowledge of the world in which the language is spoken
  • take up a language at KS4 and KS5

Languages taught are French and Spanish which are randomly allocated in Year 7.   Spanish was introduced in Year 7 in September 2011 and is now available throughout KS3, KS4 and KS5.

Throughout KS3 and KS4, we use a variety of tasks to introduce, practise and memorise vocabulary, grammatical rules and verb conjugation endings, in as many ways as possible to ensure coverage of the programmes of study and a balance of the four skills - reading writing/translating, listening and speaking.   We make full use of online resources and interactive vocabulary learning websites.

KEY STAGE 3 

Click here  for the Department of Education programmes of study National for Languages programmes at KS3 and KS3

Key stage 3: FRENCH TOPICS

YEAR 7 -  FRENCH  - New from September 2018 Unit of Work Summary:  by the end of this unit students will be able to understand and use French in the following topics:
Autumn term 1 Introductions Phonics & Pronunciation practice; Introduction to France and French speaking countries and culture ; Classroom talk;  Sentence building; basic connectives; Using cognates to decode meaning ; Alphabet; Greetings and introducing yourself;; Numbers to 31, Months, Days, Dates, French ; Memorising vocabulary and Independent Learning
Autumn term 2 My world Expressing likes and dislikes and basic opinions; Describing self, family and others; Describing a photo: a typical classroom; Leisure activities; Christmas celebrations
Spring term 1 Life at school Learning the time; school subjects; school uniform, describing the school day; schools in France; my ideal school
Spring term 2 Free time French speaking countries; the weather; leisure activities; sports; use of technology
Summer term 1 Family life European countries; Pets; Colours; Numbers to 100; Describing family members 
Summer term 2 Family life Describing where you live;  Adjectives; Having breakfast; Bastille day celebrations;

Year 8

Term Unit of Work Summary: by the end of this unit students will be able to understand and use French in the following topics:
Autumn term 1 Famille et domicile (Family and home life) Describing yourself and your family life including jobs people do, the area where you live and its location, describing the weather.
Autumn term 2 Temps libre (Leisure time) Describing your leisure activities, sports, television, etc.  Saying what you and your friends do at the weekend and what you did last weekend.
Spring term 1 Les sorties (going out) Making and reacting to invitations, making excuses.  Describing and giving opinions about clothes, fashion, and shopping using the present and past tenses.
Spring term 2 Manger et boire (Eating and drinking) Giving opinions about foods, nions about foods and drinks and diet habits including ks, eating outt.2 onwards. se note that this will be updated again in Sdrinks and diet habits including eating out, using the present and past tenses.
Summer term 1 Voyages et vacances (Holidays) Describing holiday destinations and activities and a past holiday. 
Summer term 2 Les copains (Friends) Talking about your friends in more detail and describing your plans for the forthcoming holidays and your dreams for the future.

YEAR 9 -  FRENCH

Term Unit of Work Summary
Autumn term 1 Ça t’intéresse?  (Does it interest you?) Talking about what you watch on TV, going to the cinema, different types of films, what you like reading and what you did last weekend.  Understanding and using the past tense appropriately.  Discussing French actors, TV programmes and films.
Autumn term 2 L’avenir (the future) Discussing what you and your friends are going to do the next day and next week.  Describing your future plans and understanding others discussing their future plans.  Talking about career choices and why foreign languages are important in today’s world.
Spring term 1 En bonne santé (In good health) Talking about illnesses, describing symptoms and what’s wrong.  Discussing food, health and fitness and healthy and unhealthy lifestyles.
Spring term 2 Les gens comme nous (People like us) The international world: Life in other countries and communities
Summer term 1 On y va (Let’s go) The international world: Tourism at home and abroad
Summer term 2 Les droits des jeunes (Young people’s rights) Discussing school life in other countries, young people and work, money, tackling world events and issues (hunger, poverty, human rights activists)

Key stage 3: SPANISH TOPICS

YEAR 7 -  SPANISH   from September 2018

Term – new from September 2018 Unit of Work Summary: by the end of this unit students will be able to understand and use Spanish in the following topics:
Autumn term 1 Introductions Phonics & Pronunciation practice; Introduction to Spain and Spanish speaking countries and culture; Classroom talk;  Sentence building; basic connectives; Using cognates to decode meaning ; Alphabet; Greetings and introducing yourself;; Numbers to 31, Months, Days, Dates, Memorising vocabulary and Independent Learning
Autumn term 2 My preferences Colours and basic opinions; Extending sentences using connectives and conjunctions; Classroom equipment; Describing a photo;  The Spanish-speaking world; Christmas celebrations
Spring term 1 My world Counting to 100; Pets; describing family members; physical and personality descriptions; Adjectives
Spring term 2 My free time Talking about hobbies; sports; music; the weather; famous Spanish-speaking musicians and sports stars; infinitive verbs; using the present tense
Summer term 1 Where I live Describing the area where you live; using ser and estar; type of accommodation; my bedroom; using prepositions of place
Summer term 2 Where I live Describing your ideal home; House chores;  project work on the Canary Islands

 

YEAR  8 -  SPANISH

Term Unit of Work Summary: by the end of this unit students will be able to understand and use Spanish in the following topics:
Autumn term 1 La gente  (People) Expressing opinions about leisure activities. Describing friends and celebrities.  Using comparisons. Describing your daily routine using reflexive verbs and sequencing words.  Discussing people’s nationality.
Autumn term 2 ¿Adónde vas? (Where are you going?) Talking about places in town and what you usually do there.  Talking about what you are going to do in the near future.  Making and reacting to invitations using excuses. Saying what you would like to do.  
Spring term 1 ¿Adónde fuiste?  (Where did you go?) Saying where you went on holiday and what it was like. Discussing your travel arrangements and what you did there.  Expressing opinions about past events in more detail
Spring term 2 La comida (Food/Eating) Talking about mealtimes.  Shopping for food, dealing with quantities and prices. Ordering food at a restaurant.  Discussing a past meal and your likes and dislikes about food using the present, past and future tenses appropriately.
Summer term 1 La ropa (Clothes) Talking about clothes and fashion, including what your school uniform looks like and what you could wear at a fancy ball. 
Summer term 2 Barcelona Discovering Barcelona. What there is to see and do, asking and giving directions, describing a possible holiday in Barcelona using the present, past and future tenses.

 

YEAR  9 -  SPANISH - From September 2018, Year 9 students will start studying the GCSE topics

Term

New from September 2018

Unit of Work Summary: by the end of this unit students will be able to understand and use Spanish in the following topics:
Autumn term 1 Holidays and tourism Holiday preferences; the weather; activities; adjectives; infinitive verbs; the present tense;
Autumn term 2 Holidays and tourism Talking about past holidays, the past tense; Booking accommodation; the future tense; describing past holidays using three tenses;
Spring term 1 GCSE exam skills practice Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing GCSE examination practice on the topic of holidays and assessments
Spring term 2 School Opinions about school subjects; Describing the uniform and school day; Describing your school;

Summer term 1

School Describing school rules; successes and pressures; extracurricular activities; school trips
Summer term 2

GCSE exam skills practice

Latin America

Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing GCSE examination practice on the topic of School;

Cultural project on Latin America

 

KEY STAGE FOUR

Our current Year 10 and Year 11 MFL cohorts are entered:

  • for the WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) examination in French, Click here for the Educas GCSE (9-1) French specifications  

    and the AQA GCSE (9-1) examination in Spanish.  Click here for the AQA GCSE (9-1) Spanish  specifications:

  • All the four MFL GCSE (9-1) examinations take place at the end of Year 11 and must ALL be at the SAME tier of entry either Foundation or Higher:

  • Speaking examination, 25% of the qualification - 60 marks
  • Listening examination, 25% of the qualification - 45 marks
  • Reading examination, 25% of the qualification - 60 marks

Writing examination, 25% of the qualification - 60 marks

 

Year 10 – FRENCH TOPICS

 

Term Unit(s) of Work Summary - By the end of this unit students will have developed their knowledge  and understanding of the following topics:
Autumn term 1

Introduction to the course Basic Vocabulary revision

Grammatical skills

Exam skills

Phonics, Numbers, alphabet, classroom language

Infinitive verbs, Present and Past tense, Modal and Reflexive verbs, Negative phrases, How to express opinions

Introduction to speaking and writing exam

Autumn term 2

IDENTITY AND CULTURE

Youth Culture

Grammatical skills

Exam skills

Self and Relationship
Technology and Social Media

Adjectives and intensifiers, the near future tense, the future and conditional tenses

Speaking exam practice

Spring term 1

LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL AREAS OF INTERESTS

Home and Locality

Grammatical skills

Exam skills

Local Areas of Interest

Transport

Revision of Present, Imperfect, Perfect and Near future tenses

Speaking and Writing exam practice

Spring term 2

CURENT AND FUTURE STUDY AND EMPLOYMENT

Current Study

Grammar consolidation

Exam skills

School/College Life
School/College Studies.

 

Speaking and Exam practice

Reading and Listening Assessments

Summer term 1

IDENTITY AND CULTURE

Lifestyle

Grammar consolidation

Exam skills

 

Health and Fitness

Entertainment and Leisure

 

Speaking and Exam practice

Summer term 2

LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL AREAS OF INTERESTS

France and French-speaking Countries

Grammar consolidation

Exam skills

Local and Regional Features and Characteristics

Holidays and Tourism

Speaking and Exam practice

 

Year 10 –  SPANISH TOPICS    

Term Unit(s) of Work Summary - By the end of this unit students will have developed their knowledge  and understanding of the following topics:
Autumn term 1 Holidays and tourism Holiday preferences; the weather; activities; adjectives; infinitive verbs; the present tense; Talking about past holidays, the past tense;
Autumn term 2 Holidays and tourism Booking accommodation; the future tense; describing past holidays using three tenses; GCSE exam skills practice on the topic of Holidays
Spring term 1 School Opinions about school subjects; Describing the uniform and school day; Describing your school;
Spring term 2 School Describing school rules; successes and pressures; extracurricular activities; school trips;
Summer term 1

GCSE exam skills

IDENTITY AND CULTURE – Family life & leisure activities

GCSE exam skills practice on the topic of school

Talking about family life and socialising; Describing people;

Summer term 2 IDENTITY AND CULTURE Revision for the end of year examinations

 

Year 11 - FRENCH TOPICS

Term Unit(s) of Work Summary - By the end of this unit students will have developed their knowledge  and understanding of the following topics:
Autumn term 1 Holidays and Tourism

Booking rooms in a hotel/accommodation

Problems at a hotel/resort using imperfect

Ideal holiday using conditional

Speaking and writing exam practice

Autumn term 2

Food and Drink

Festival and Celebrations

Regional food

Restaurants and menus

Expressions of quantities

Music/Food/cultural celebrations

Comparatives and superlatives

Preparation for PPE exams

Spring term 1

The environment

 

Social Issues

Problems and Solutions

Recycling

Nuclear energy, renewable energies

World problems

The homeless

Immigration

Refugees

Speaking and writing practice

Spring term 2

Work experience and part time jobs


Applying for work/study

 

Career plans, skills and personal qualities

Advantages and disadvantages

Past tenses revision

Opinions/Adjectives

 

Post-16 study, CVs, projects, studying abroad

 

Career plans /advantages/disadvantages

Demonstrative pronouns – matching employers to employees/recruiting

 

Exam practice

Summer term  

EXAM PRACTICE AND REVISION

 

 

YEAR 11 – SPANISH TOPICS     

Term Unit(s) of Work Summary - By the end of this unit students will have developed their knowledge  and understanding of the following topics:
Autumn term 1 and 2 IDENTITY AND CULTURE – Family life, Relationships & leisure activities

Learning vocabulary and conjugation

Talking about family life and socialising; Describing people; leisure activities; reading; new technology; using the present continuous; Describing relationships; using ser and estar;

TV; film; sports; leisure activities; role-model;

Revision for PPE exams

Spring term 1 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST

IDENTITY & CULTURE

PREPARING FOR THE SPEAKING EXAM

Town, city, region, shopping

Daily routine, typical meals, food, music, festivals

Spring term 2

CURRENT AND FUTURE STUDY AND EMPLOYMENT

LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST

PREPARING FOR THE SPEAKING EXAM

Applying for jobs, earning money; work experience; plans for the future

The environment; Health; Global issues and local actions

Summer term 1 REVISION Intensive listening, reading, writing practice and vocab revision