What is the Department Vision?

Language teaching and learning that allow all our children access to the culture and language of the country and a thirst to discover more.


What will my child be studying?


Key Resources

–          Studio electronic text book

–          BoardWorks

–          Mindsnacks (iPad app)

–          Linguascope.com

Year 7

Year 8

  • Intro’: Greetings, numbers and classroom language
  • Describing yourself and others
  • Present Tense
  • School life: subjects, timetable and food
  • Physical descriptions
  • Free-time and Sport
  • Directions
  • Town & City
  • Holidays
  • Technology, Reading and cinema
  • Past Tense
  • Talking about a trip to Paris
  • Describing your personality, musical tastes and personal style
  • Clothes
  • Future tense
  • Your region
  • Food
  • Modal verbs
  • The imperative



Key resources

–          Mira KS3 resource book in electronic format

–          BoardWorks

–          Mindsnacks (iPad app)

–          Linguascope.com

–          Español-extra.com

Year 7

Year 8

  • Intro’: Greetings, numbers and classroom language
  • School life: subjects and teachers
  • Family & Pets
  • Physical descriptions
  • House and Home
  • Free-time and Sport
  • Present Tense
  • Future Tense


  • Town & City
  • Describing others and relationships
  • Going out and arranging to meet
  • Holidays
  • Past tense
  • Food
  • Clothes and Fashion
  • Directions and finding your way in a Foreign City

What equipment will my child need?

How can I support my child through KS3 French and/or Spanish?

Allowing access to various websites: www.linguascope.com , www.languagesonline.org.uk, BBC Bitesize, www.doddlelearn.co.uk ,www.espanol-extra.co.uk

How will my child be assessed in KS3 French and/or Spanish?

They will be assessed usually at the end of every module on at least 3 of the following skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking.

Homework will be a mixture of written, reading and vocabulary learning throughout the year.

KS4 French & Spanish

What exam board do we use?

AQA: http://www.aqa.org.uk/

How is the course assessed?

Tiered Exam: The listening and reading papers are tiered, but the writing and speaking are not.

Reading and listening exams are both worth 20% each and assessed at the end of the year.

Writing is coursework worth 30% and assessed at 3 to 4 times throughout the year.

Speaking is worth 30% and is assessed in January and again after the Easter holidays.

How long are the examinations?



Foundation Higher













Are there controlled assessments?

After almost every module! We aim to complete more than the required two controlled assessments for both writing and speaking and then pick the best two to submit to the examiners.

What is covered on the course?

Family and friends, healthy living, free time and sport, holidays, school and education, home/town, the world of work, environment and world issues.

What texts would you recommended to support my child through KS4 languages?

www.doodlelearn.co.uk , BBC Bitesize, www.languagesonline.org.uk, www.linguastars.com, CGP Revision guide, interactive CD-rom and vocabulary revision guide (there will be an opportunity early at the start of the course to buy these revision guides at a discounted rate via the languages department.)

What equipment should my child have?

Where would we suggest visiting?

Any opportunity to visit either France or Spain on a family holiday is always a good opportunity for your child to have exposure to the language and culture and put it into practice. However, we appreciate this is not always accessible or financially viable. Therefore, we also recommend that pupils listen to some French/Spanish radio or TV via linguascope.com or on the internet.

Residential Trips: We run a bi-annual trip to Paris for our French students and a trip to Spain at the same time for our Spanish students. The location for the Spanish visit changes from year to year.

KS5 French & Spanish

What exam board do we use?

AQA: – www.aqa.org.uk

This course will enable the student to understand and make use of language beyond the basic ‘tourist / pen-friend’ scenarios of GCSE.


* develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning

* develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres

* communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes

* develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken

* derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning


Media Popular Culture
Television, Advertising and Communication Technology Cinema, Music and Fashion trends
Heathy Living/ Lifestyle Family Relationships
Sport & Exercise, Health & well-being, Holidays Relationships within the family, Friendships, marriage and partnerships (inc Divorce)


Students are encouraged to think and talk in greater depth about the topics of the world around them, work and leisure, including such areas as the media, advertising, sport and many cultural topics. The student will need to work as a team member, being prepared to share opinions, accept the opinions of others and consider the various aspects of a topic.

Students are encouraged to visit the target country during Year 12 if and when possible.


Environment The Multicultural Society
Pollution, energy, protecting the planet Immigration, integration, racism
Contemporary Social Issues Cultural Topic
Wealth & poverty, Law and order, Impact of scientific and technological progress This can be two of any of the following topics:

–          A region of the target language speaking country

–          A period of 20th century history

–          A dramatist or poet from a target language speaking country

–          A director, architect, musician or painter from target language country.

The second year of the course builds on the skills acquired in Year 12. Topics increase in breadth and depth, to include such areas as social issues (immigration, racism and integration), the environment, capital punishment and technological advances. The student is prepared for the challenge of writing at greater length, e.g. articles and essays. There are also 2 cultural topics taught.

The development of listening, reading and speaking skills continue to play an important part in the course. Both the AS Level and the A2 Level courses aim to extend the communication skills already acquired for GCSE. At the same time, an awareness of the cultural and political background of the countries in which the language is spoken is developed. Students are encouraged to develop their own values, attitudes and opinions about the different topics. The work is topic based, aiming to develop in the student the confidence and ability to understand and express opinions in the foreign language on issues of general interest.

The student will gradually learn to understand more complex language in a variety of contexts, e.g. magazine / newspaper / Internet articles, radio / television programmes. S/he will acquire the language needed to participate in group discussions and deliver presentations on various themes.


100% Examination

AS :

Unit 1 Listening, Reading and Writing 2 hr written exam (110 marks) 70% of AS, 35% of A Level

Unit 2 Speaking Test 35 minute speaking test, including 20 minutes preparation (50 marks) 30% of AS, 15% of A Level


Unit 3 Listening, Reading and Writing 2 hr 30 mins written exam (110 marks) 35% of A Level

Unit 4 Speaking Test 35 minute speaking test, including 20 minutes preparation (50 marks) 15% of A Level