What will students learn?
In the first year of French, students will learn how to talk in details about themselves and their family as well as express likes and dislikes as far as their hobbies are concerned. They will learn how to buy things in a French town in preparation for the year 7 day tri to Boulogne in the summer term. The emphasis will be put on pronunciation skills and productive skills so that the students have a solid foundation ready for Year 8. Literacy skills and thinking skills will be all embedded in what they do.
Students in year 8 will move to an exciting study of Kirikou, a little boy from a francophone country in Africa. Through this story, they will learn about traveling and expressing their feelings and preferences on foods and drinks.
They will move onto talking about healthy matters and give advice to friends. Lastly, they will talk about their school in more detail to consolidate the work done in year 7.
Building on their skills acquired in French in year 7, students will get a flavour in their one hour lesson a week of basic Spanish. They will be able to talk about themselves and their family by the end of the year.
Reading skills, thinking skills and intercultural understanding skills are all part of the year 8 curriculum in both languages.
French: Learn how to talk about their town and describe Paris. They will look into the world of media and entertainment and express their opinions.
Spanish: Students will be able to express their opinions on the world of entertainment and ay what Spanish people like doing in their free time.
How will they be assessed?
As well as constant monitoring on the part of their classroom teacher, students will also be assessed in termly end of unit tests in some specific skills.
In order to help us assess their linguistic ability, all out students also take an aptitude test in the autumn term that will inform us better as to what they are capable of doing with a new language.
All skills are assessed throughout the year in a formal way. All languages give students the opportunity to be formally tested once every term and they are also regularly monitored by their teacher.
Each unit taught is formally assessed so that we have a better picture of were the students are and if changes in the sets are needed.
Books are regularly marked by teachers and constructive feedback given too.
When preparing for their day trip, for instance, research history and background of Boulogne. In another lesson, for example, students could be asked to spell objects and opinions accurately and using a framework to express personal feelings about changing school.
Kirikou sends a postcard from Senegal – write what he would say to explain where he lives.
Research a famous Spanish speaking family and write about them in 15 sentences giving your opinion.
A variety of activities linked to each topics, examples of which are:
Produce a brochure on Paris in French.
Make a powerpoint presentation of their ‘green’ dream house describing each room.
How can parents support their child?
Allow students to use the websites recommended by the MFL department:
Get students to learn their spellings in the kitchen/lounge with the doing look/cover/write/check.
Encourage them to look for cognates in English and French and also patterns in the various languages they might speak at home.
Like year 7, teacher will direct the students to the appropriate sections of the following websites:
Get students to learn their spellings well by supervising them.
Appropriate sections of the recommended websites: