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Great Wyrley High School

Great Wyrley High School

MFL

Meet the team:

Miss V Brittain – Head of MFL

I am passionate about languages and teach both French and German. I joined Great Wyrley High School in September 2017 and have been inspired by the attitude of pupils here. I am also a Kagan in-school Trainer and a Specialist Leader in Education for Teaching and Learning. I have been teaching for 23 years.

Mr A Peacock – Teacher of MFL

I currently teach French and German and also offer speaking Intervention for Year 10 pupils every Thursday. I too am passionate about languages and am a Senior Examiner for French for AQA. This gives me a very useful insight into the requirements and demands of the new GCSE course. I am also experienced in teaching A level French and hope to develop this at Great Wyrley High School. I have been teaching for 25 years.

Key information to note:

Mr Peacock is now a Senior French Examiner for AQA GCSE French

95% pass rate grades A*-C in summer 2017

Learning Journey:

Year 7

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Unit 1: All about you, appearances, colours, making adjectives agree, describing your favourite thing.                              Unit 2: words for ‘my’, adjectives and school subjects

Unit 3: School life, telling the time, my home town and my home, free time activities, pets and colours,                                   Unit 4: Ordering food and drink in a restaurant, expressing likes and dislikes.

Unit 5: Describing where you live, activities you can do in your town, asking directions and arranging to go out.

Unit 6: clothes, describing your ‘look’, weekend activities, the weather.

Saying what you did last weekend – this is needed at GCSE.

How I will be assessed:

Formal exam in October on Unit 1 – listening, speaking, reading and writing

Formal exam in January and April on Units 2 – 4 – listening, speaking, reading and writing

Formal exam in May and July on Units 5 and 6 – listening, speaking, reading and writing

Opportunities for wider learning:

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Year 8

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Unit 1: Differences between France and the UK, talking about jobs and opinions on jobs, looking at French culture

Unit 2: TV, music, film, reading and the perfect tense – describing what you and others did

Unit 3: Comparing old and new technology, talking about social media and what we use technology for. Discussing the dangers of technology.

Unit 4: Family relationships, talking about how you get on with people in your family, pocket money and helping at home, pressures on teenagers today

Unit 5: Healthy eating, healthy lifestyles, sport, fitness, diet, giving advice and resolutions to be healthier. Using the future tense.

Unit 6: Organising a party / meeting up with friends, suggesting activities and making excuses – these are crucial for preparing students for the new GCSE role plays.

Talking about a special event you have been to.

How I will be assessed:

Formal exam in October  – listening, speaking, reading and writing

Formal exams in January and March covering listening, speaking, reading and writing

Formal exams in May and July in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis on extended writing.

Opportunities for wider learning:

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Year 9

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Unit 1: School – saying what you learn at school, giving opinions on school subjects. Saying why you like or dislike subjects. Using the perfect tense to say what you did in the holidays.

Unit 2: Family and marriage – describing your family, saying how you get on with others, giving your views on marriage and saying what you will do in the future.

Unit 3: New Technology – discussing the benefits and dangers of the internet and social media. Saying what you do online. Using the perfect tense to say what you did online. Using the future tense to say what you will do online. Pupils also cover online safety in the target language.

Unit 4: Free time activities – music, cinema, TV, eating and drinking, sports activities, saying what you did / are going to do – 3 tense focus to prepare pupils for GCSE

Grammar focus on tenses – the present, the past and the future / emphasis on word order / justifying opinions.

Unit 5: Customs and festivals – learning about festivals and special events / describing a special event that you went to or are going to.

How I will be assessed:

Formal writing paper on both units– focus on extended writing in the style of the new GCSE. Pupils also have to complete photo card questions and a translation from the target language into English.

Reading and listening based on Unit 3 in February

Speaking based on Unit 4 in April

Formal writing paper – 3 tenses expected

Reading and listening papers covering all topics covered in Year 9

Opportunities for wider learning:

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Year 10

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Key Stage 3 revision of tenses / talking about family and friends. Comparing people / family and society issues issues – divorce

Internet dangers – fraud / cyberbullying / protecting your identity online

Using Grade 9 language – if I could, I would… (conditional tense)

Saying what you did last weekend / last week

Describing your perfect weekend

Talking about food around the world and making comparisons

Talking about the risks and benefits of extreme sports

Discussing poverty and how you can help others / understanding the importance of helping others and what charity organisations do

Describing your home and local area

Using negatives in a range of tenses

Reading extended texts for detail

Describing your ideal home

Reading about twinning with countries abroad

Comparing your home town with other places

How I will be assessed:

Formal writing paper in October

Formal listening and reading papers in December

Formal past paper from AQA – listening and reading in February

Speaking and writing exams in April

Formal written paper in May

Formal speaking exam in July covering all units in Year 10

Opportunities for wider learning:

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Speaking Intervention sessions held weekly after school with a focus on the role play / conversation and photo card questions

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Speaking Intervention sessions held weekly after school with a focus on the role play / conversation and photo card questions

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Speaking Intervention sessions held weekly after school with a focus on the role play / conversation and photo card questions

Year 11

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Social issues in the world – discrimination, prejudice, equality, homelessness

Comparing your life before to your life now

Discussing health and lifestyle and what you are going to do to be healthier / giving advice to others

Environmental issues – pollution / saving the planet / what you should do to protect the environment / reading extended texts

Holidays and holiday destinations

Talking about which holidays you prefer and why

Talking about a holiday that you went on

Booking accommodation and making complaints

Describing your school day and what you would change / looking at schools across the world and discussing differences in education systems

School rules and what you would change

Work experience – talking about where you went and what you did

Discussing your plans for the future – university / apprenticeships / work.

Reading and writing applications for jobs using formal language

Exam revision for the final examinations in June

How I will be assessed:

Formal reading and listening exams on social / global issues in October

Formal speaking exam in December – discussing the environment

Formal writing paper on holidays in February – 3 tenses are needed to access the higher grades

Past paper in April covering all topics so far

Final GCSE exams in the final week of June

Opportunities for wider learning:

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Speaking Intervention sessions held weekly after school with a focus on the role play / conversation and photo card questions

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Speaking Intervention sessions held weekly after school with a focus on the role play / conversation and photo card questions

February half-term / Easter holiday schools are held to help pupils to revise for the final GCSE exams.

Useful apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Duolingo and Mondly

Speaking Intervention sessions held weekly after school with a focus on the role play / conversation and photo card questions

May half-term revision sessions and after school sessions will be held to help pupils to prepare for the final exams.

Useful documents that you may need:

CGP Revision Guides for GCSE languages are needed from Year 9 onwards

Bilingual dictionaries / online dictionaries are recommended for home learning

Useful Links/Resources that will help to consolidate learning:

www.bbcbitesize.co.uk

www.linguascope.co,uk

www.duolingo,co.uk

www.quizlet.co.uk

www.memrise.co.uk

www.aqa.org.uk

Other information/Links/Study packs, etc.:

CGP French and German GCSE Revision Guides are available to purchase for £6.50

French courses followed:

  • Year 7 Allez 1
  • Year 8 Allez 2
  • Year 10 GCSE French Higher (AQA) – Oxford Universirty Press
  • Years 9 and 11 follow the GCSE German Higher course (AQA) from Oxford University Press

Annual visits to Paris take place in December – we visit Disneyland Paris. Our first visit takes place in December 2018.

Extra-curricular activities:

Thursday 3.10-4.10 Year 10 French GCSE Intervention – speaking practice for the new GCSE exam.

Thursday 3.10-4.10 Year 11 German GCSE Intervention – speaking practice for the new GCSE exam.

Holiday sessions are also held for Year 11 pupils in the run-up to their final exams.