Mr M. Purslow - Director of MFL & Staff Training
Ms. D. Williamson – Teacher of French & Spanish KS3-4
Mr M. Haxby – Teacher of French and Spanish KS3 & KS4
Mrs. S. Betts-Bote – Teacher of Spanish & French KS3
Mrs. D. Sloyan - Director of Teaching School Alliance & Teacher of French and PE at KS3 & KS4.
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La vie scolaire
House and Home Homework
Yr10 Reflexives Homework
Mary Glasgow Language Magazines On-Line
GCSE Bitesize French
GCSE Bitesize Spanish
GCSE French revision with links
Francophoniques - French pronunciation
Easter revision notes
Speaking and writing development activities
‘Speaking Controlled Assessment’ preparation tool
AQA GCSE French Vocabulary
Learning French outside of school
French podcasts in French
Listening, Reading & Vocab Revision
French Phonics Revision
We offer French and Spanish across KS3 and KS4; with KS5 French currently run at a local consortium school. We have a variety of resources available for both languages which cover all of the required skill areas; our materials include:
Voila 1 – French
Listos 1 – Spanish
Studio 2 – French
Viva 2 – Spanish
Studio 3 – French
Viva 3 – Spanish
In Year 9, all pupils have a personalised logon to either Studio (French) or Viva (Spanish) active which allows them to revise their listening & reading skills at home using any mobile device.
KS4: AQA French & Spanish (Higher)
We are based in two principal language rooms, each equipped with Interactive Whiteboard resources, Internet access, and audio facilities. We have a range of interactive programmes available for teaching in the classroom, or in one of the nine ICT suites situated around the school.
In addition, the Languages faculty offers opportunities for students to work with their languages in a variety of contexts with celebrations of European Day of Languages and pupils also have the occasion to ‘enrich’ their learning through a series of days offered to all pupils ranging from International Culture, to a Asia Day and Africa Day celebrating links with partner schools internationally.
The school offers language visits to France and ski/outdoors activities trips to France/Spain/Italy/Austria with the PE department; further, we have a reciprocal KS4 educational visit to France for students to improve their awareness of the culture and language with our partner school in Lille. Finally, there is a KS3 visit to Normandy to complement the Battle of Normandy work completed in YR8.
Opening Minds competencies form an important part of language learning; we aim for full pupil participation with learners at the heart of the learning process with a full and deep understanding of their levels in each of the 4 language skills, and how they can progress, and who can assist with this development. Planned homework projects and established/planned International Links support the curriculum and collaborative projects form the basis of some assessments, pupils are taught the key areas of OM Competencies and how to apply these in their learning.
From September 2016, the GCSE in Modern Languages will be equally weighted as follows:
1. Listening – 25%
2. Reading – 25%
3. Writing – 25%
4. Speaking – 25%
In the new GCSE examination, there is NO coursework/controlled assessment and all skills are examined at the end of YR11 – this includes the written and spoken examinations
..please note that this is for new YR10 pupils starting in September 2016; for YR11 2016-17 the examination will be as the current specification.
From September 2016, Key Stage 3 teaching will continue to reflect the new GCSE examinations in the following ways:
1. On-line learning:
YR7-8: www.linguascope.com (available with school details – please check with your child’s teacher)
YR9: www.pearsonactivelearn.com (pupils have their own logons for this)
YR10-11: www.thisislanguage.com (pupils have their own logons for this)
2. Check their Vocab learning:
Encourage your child to create an account at www.memrise.com and complete weekly Vocab tests related to topics that they are currently learning.
3. Unfriend ‘GOOGLE translate’!!
Google translate is not your friend!! Please discourage your child from using this for languages homework; instead encourage them to use www.wordreference.com to find singular words and phrases; they should also use the templates provided by their teacher or ask for further explanation if they are unsure
4. Speaking Practice
Allow them to practice their speaking with you or encourage them to create an account at www.duolingo.com where they can record themselves and listen back. Ask them to cross check their speaking with the school phonetics presentation which is also available in this section.
5. Read/Listen/Watch ‘real’ French/Spanish
Encourage your child to read an article a week at the following websites: www.lespetitscitoyens.com or www.newsinslowfrench.com/ for French and www.elpais.com or www.newsinslowspanish.com for Spanish; they should also use ‘YouTube’ to help them with grammar or by simply looking for songs they know with French/Spanish lyrics and English subtitles or the other way round. Grab a film off ‘netflix’ or in the ‘world cinema’ section of HMV with an age appropriate certificate – they can borrow films from their languages teacher or from the LRC.
Please take a look at our International page on the website to view our school links