Key Stage 3

The KS3 Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum at Tabor: 2017 – 2018

Year 7

Students will study either French or German and, as per the new KS3 curriculum, will be well practised in the skills of translation, dictation and spontaneous French speech and will have exposure to authentic material.

Term 1

  • Introducing / recapping / extending the basics (depending on what was learned at primary school) including greetings, colours and numbers, dates and birthdays, countries and nationalities, pets and the weather
  • Describing character and personality
  • Talking about my school subjects and my school day
  • Telling the time on a 12 and 24 hour clock
  • Snacks and ordering food
  • A look at some authentic literature / poetry

Term 2

  • Mobile phones and computers
  • Sports and opinions
  • Likes and dislikes and expressing developed and detailed opinions
  • Leisure
  • My family and my pets
  • A look at some authentic literature / poetry

Term 3

  • Talking about my town and what you can do there
  • Describing my home
  • Making arrangements to go out
  • Holidays and holiday plans
  • Foods and drinks at the café and ordering
  • Getting ready to go out
  • A look at some authentic literature / poetry

Year 8

Pupils will continue their study of either French or German, depending on which one they started in year 7.

As per the new KS3 curriculum, pupils will continue to build on the skills they were introduced to in their year 7, including translation, dictation and spontaneous speech and will have exposure to authentic material.

Some of the following content may differ depending on which language is being studied.

Term 1

  • An introduction to past tense
  • Holidays and the weather
  • Food, drinks and giving opinions
  • Going shopping
  • A look at some authentic literature / poetry

Term 2

  • TV, film and literature
  • Body parts, aches and pains
  • My character and relationships
  • My home
  • A look at some authentic literature / poetry

Term 3

  • Making plans
  • Clothes and adjectives
  • Daily routine
  • Using superlatives and comparatives
  • Using tenses together
  • A look at some authentic literature / poetry

Year 9

This will be the third year of study in wither French or German.

Year 9 French:

Term 1

  • Revising the past tense in depth
  • Working successfully with three tenses
  • Arranging to go out
  • Healthy eating
  • An in-depth look at some French literature / poetry

Term 2

  • Different types of jobs and careers
  • Using foreign languages in life
  • The imperfect tense (grammar)
  • Future tense review: my future career plans
  • An in-depth look at some French literature / poetry

Term 3

  • My priorities and concerns
  • What I am and am not allowed to do: my rights
  • Holidays in 4 tenses – in depth
  • Preparation for GCSE French – grammar and tenses
  • An in-depth look at some French literature / poetry

Year 9 German:

Term 1

  • building on past tense skills
  • Free time activities
  • Using the computer
  • A more in – depth look at some German literature / poetry

Term 2

  • Talking about what is important to me
  • Developing the future tense
  • Jobs and work
  • A more in – depth look at some German literature / poetry

Term 3

  • What I do for the environment
  • Working in three tenses
  • Family and relationships
  • Describing character – extended vocabulary
  • The conditional tense: what would you do?
  • Revision of school subjects using BECAUSE to justify
  • A more in – depth look at some German literature / poetry

Key Stage 4

Why study French?

French is the native language of some 200 million people and is the second language of millions more. In Europe, it is spoken in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg. In the Americas, it is an official language of Canada and spoken in the Caribbean. French is the second most commonly taught second language in the world (after English), making it a real possibility that speaking French will come in handy practically anywhere you travel. French is an official working language in dozens of international organisations, including the United Nations, International Olympic Committee, and International Red Cross.

Why study German?

German If you want to be a real player in the 21st century, learning German will give you the edge you need. Keep in mind 100 million people worldwide communicate in German! More people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe. It’s no wonder since Germany’s 81 million inhabitants make it the most populous European nation. With knowledge of German, you improve your employment opportunities – Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the fifth largest in the world. German, for sure, puts you in high demand.

What do you have to do for the GCSE course?

You will develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing within topics such as sport, fashion, entertainment, media and youth culture as well as knowing about everyday activities, routines, holidays, hobbies, health and fitness.

How will I be assessed?

Each of the four skills is assessed in an end of course examination and each skill is worth 25%. The speaking exam will take place in April or May of year 11 and is conducted by the class teacher, recorded and sent to the exam board for assessment. It involves asking and answering questions on two topics, a role – play and a picture-based discussion. The writing, reading and listening examinations take place in the exam season amongst the other subjects and are also assessed by the exam board. They involve answering questions to demonstrate comprehension as well as translation exercises.

 

Qualification: GCSE French

Exam Board: Edexcel

Code: 2FR01

 

Qualification: GCSE German

Exam Board: Edexcel

Code: 2GN01