The Modern Foreign Languages Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Mr J. McStocker

The Modern Foreign Language faculty at Oulder Hill believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. It helps all pupils to develop their interest and curiosity in the similarities and differences between themselves and others. It offers pupils the opportunities to meet people from other countries and cultures and helps broaden pupils’ horizons by experiencing new and different languages and cultures.

We are a dedicated team who commit ourselves wholly to raising attainment and immersing pupils in exciting and innovative language experiences in the classroom, provide opportunities for all students to achieve their full potential and to promote and enable academic achievement of the highest calibre. Not least among our aims is a desire to foster within our students a love of Foreign Languages and culture. Our aim is to bring languages to life and for students to be successful.

Students have the option to study from the following languages: French, Spanish, German and Italian.

Years 7 & 8

During Key Stage 3 (years 7 & 8) students have three lessons per week and are able to select two languages to study. Language lessons are taught in mixed ability classes with homework set twice per week. Students are assessed in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and on their knowledge and application of grammatical principles.

French, Spanish, German and Italian – Year 7

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4

 

–          Alphabet & phonetics.

–          Greetings

–          Classroom vocab

–          Weather

 

–          Numbers to 31

–          Days of week

–          Months

–          Dates and birthdays

 

–          Personality

–          Pets

–          Family

–          Colour

–          Physical description

 

–          The present tense of regular verbs

–          Introduction to literary texts

 

 

Students study their other language

 

–          Sports

–          Frequency

–          Giving opinions

–          Justifying opinions

 

–          Daily routine

–          Time phrases

–          Reflexive verbs

 

–          School subjects

–          Opinions and justifications

–          Comparatives

–          Revise classroom items vocabulary

–          Numbers to 100

–          School timetable

–          School routine

–          School rules

 

–          Literary texts

–          Introduction to the future tense

 

Students study their other language

 

Year 8 – French, German, Italian and Spanish

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4

 

–          Clothes

–          Uniform

–          Ideal school uniform

 

–          Revision of present and future tenses

 

–          Work on literary texts (poetry)

 

–          Places in town

–          Directions

 

–          Food & drink

–          Meal times

–          Cultural details

–          Prices & quantities

–          1 – 1000

–          Eating out

–          Expressing preferences

–          Ordering drinks and food

–          Prices

–          Healthy eating

 

 

 

Students study their other language

 

–          Countries

–          Holiday accommodation

–          Transport

–          Holiday activities

–          Weather

 

–          Exploring literary texts (short stories)

 

–          Jobs

–          Family members and their jobs

–          Personality required for different jobs

–          Future jobs

–          CV

–          Hobbies

 

 

Students study their other language

Years 9, 10 & 11

All students in Years 9-11 study the language of their choice over five lessons per fortnight in mixed ability groups. Homework is set twice per week, one is a learning activity and one writing or speaking. Students are assessed in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and on their knowledge and application of grammatical principles.

All languages are taught to GCSE and examined at the end of Year 11.

Year 9 (all languages), Year 10 (all languages) and Year 11 (French, German and Spanish) – The 4 skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are examined and are worth 25% each.

Year 11 (Italian only) and Year 11 – 40% Exam (20% for listening and 20% for reading). Controlled assessment forms 60% and this consists of two written assessments (30%) and two speaking assessments (30%).

Year 9 French

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Revising family and describing people

 

Revising places in town, activities and times

 

Talking about friends and what makes a good friend

 

Talking about family relationships

 

Making arrangements to go out

 

Describing a day out

 

Talking about role models

 

 

Revising leisure activities

 

Revising films and going to the cinema

 

Talking about sport

 

Talking about using technology

 

Discussing reading habits and music

 

Talking about television programmes

 

Talking about a night out with friends

Talking about food and meals

 

Discussing clothes and what to wear

 

Describing your daily life

 

Shopping for clothes

 

Describing festivals and traditions

 

Talking about shopping for a special meal

 

Describing family celebrations

Speaking:

Identity and culture;

Local area, holiday and travel; future aspirations, study and work

Talking about where you live and what you can do there

 

Describing a town and asking the way

 

Town, region and country: describing a region

 

Finding out tourist information

 

Discussing plans and the weather

Talking about your town, village or neighbourhood

Summer exams and exam preparation

 

Cultural project:

La Francophonie

Year 9 Italian

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Revising family and describing people

 

Personality

 

Talking about friends and what makes a good friend

 

Talking about family relationships

 

Role models

 

 

Places in town and directions

 

Making arrangements to go out

 

Describing a day out

 

Food and meals

Shopping for food

 

Clothes and shopping for clothes

Revising leisure activities

 

Talking about going out with friends (past)

 

Describing an evening out (past)

 

Talking about using technology and advantages and disadvantages

Speaking:

Identity and culture;

Local area, holiday and travel; future aspirations, study and work

Cultural life

 

Talking about reading habits

 

Sport

 

TV and film

 

Festivals and traditions

Summer exams and exam preparation

 

Cultural project:

San Marino and Italian-speaking Switzerland

Year 9 German

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Talking about school subjects

 

Talking about what you are and are not looking forward to at school this year

 

School activities:

Talking about what you did in the holidays

 

Describing a school day

 

Discussing school rules

 

Talking about school trips

 

Talking about success and achievement at school

 

 

Discussing leisure activities

 

Discussing music

 

Discussing film and television

 

Discussing sport

 

Learning about celebrations and festivals

Describing photos

 

Talking about what makes a good friend

 

Describing relationships

 

Discussing role models

 

Speaking:

Identity and culture;

Local area, holiday and travel; future aspirations, study and work

Describing your home

 

Talking about what you do on

a typical day

 

Describing food and drink items

 

Discussing use of social media and technology

 

Discussing advantages and disadvantages of social media and technology

Summer exams and exam preparation

 

Cultural project:

Austria and German-speaking Switzerland

Year 9 Spanish

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Holidays:

 

Saying what you do in summer

 

Talking about holiday

 

Saying what you did on holiday

 

Describing where you stayed

Travel and tourist transactions

 

Booking accommodation and dealing with problems

 

Giving an account of a holiday in the past

Giving opinions about school subjects

 

Describing school uniform

 

Describing the school day

 

Talking about subjects and teachers

 

Describing your school

Talking about school rules and problems

 

Talking about plans for a school exchange

 

Talking about activities and achievements

Talking about socialising and family

 

Describing people

 

Talking about social networks

 

Making arrangements

Speaking:

Identity and culture;

Local area, holiday and travel; future aspirations, study and work

Talking about free time activities

 

Talking about TV programmes and films

 

Talking about what you usually do

 

Talking about sports

 

Talking about what’s trending

 

Discussing different types of entertainment

 

Talking about who inspires you

Summer exams and exam preparation

 

Cultural project:

Latin America

Year 10 French

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Talking about what you normally do on holiday

 

Staying in a hotel

 

Talking about travelling

 

Saying what you do and did on holiday

 

Ordering in a restaurant

 

Talking about holiday disasters

 

Literary text

Talking about school subjects and facilities

 

Comparing school in France and UK

 

School rules

 

Literary text

 

Extra-curricular activities at school

 

Talking about successes and achievements at school

 

 

Speaking:

Identity and culture;

Local area, holiday and travel; future aspirations, study and work; school; local and international dimension

 

Literary text

Talking about jobs and ambitions

 

Careers

 

Talking about using languages beyond the classroom

 

Literary text

 

Future aspirations

Revision of all topics covered in Y9 and 10

 

Literary text

Exam preparation and summer exam

 

Literary text

 

La Francophonie

Year 10 German

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Talking about means o0f transport

 

Buying tickets

 

Staying in a hotel and describing accommodation

 

Talking about problems with accommodation

 

Ordering in a restaurant

 

Talking about holiday disasters

 

Literary text

Talking about holiday destinations

 

Weather

 

Discussing different types of holidays

 

Literary text

 

Describing local area and discussing advantages and disadvantages

 

 

Speaking:

Identity and culture;

Local area, holiday and travel; future aspirations, study and work; school; local and international dimension

 

Literary text

Talking about jobs and ambitions

 

Careers

 

Talking about using languages beyond the classroom

 

Literary text

 

Future aspirations

Revision of all topics covered in Y9 and 10

 

Literary text

Exam preparation and summer exam

 

Literary text

 

Austria and German-speaking Switzerland

Year 10 Italian

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Saying what you do and did on holiday

 

Describing a holiday: opinions and justifications

 

Talking about holiday disasters

 

Future holiday plans

 

Literary text

Talking about school subjects and facilities

 

School uniform

 

 

School rules

 

Literary text

 

Daily routine

 

Talking about successes and achievements at school

 

 

Speaking:

Identity and culture;

Local area, holiday and travel; future aspirations, study and work; school; local and international dimension

 

Literary text

Talking about school rules and regulations

 

Describing school in past (primary school v secondary school)

 

Comparing school in Italy and UK

 

Talking about pressures associated with school

 

Literary text

 

 

Talking about jobs and ambitions

 

Types of jobs and requirements

 

Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs

 

Careers

 

Talking about using languages beyond the classroom

 

Literary text

 

Future aspirations

Exam preparation and summer exam

 

Literary text

 

San Marino and Italian-speaking Switzerland

Year 10 Spanish

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Talking about local area

 

Making plans and weather

 

Shopping

 

Advantages and disadvantages of city life

 

Describing a Spanish-speaking city

 

Literary text

Talking about celebrations

 

Describing a day out

 

Discussing festivals and traditions in the Spanish-speaking world

 

Literary text

 

Food and drink

 

Ordering in a restaurant

 

Discussing music events

 

Speaking:

Identity and culture;

Local area, holiday and travel; future aspirations, study and work; school; local and international dimension

 

Literary text

Talking about jobs and ambitions

 

Work experience

 

Careers

 

Talking about using languages beyond the classroom

 

Literary text

 

Future aspirations

Revision of all topics covered in Y9 and 10

 

Literary text

Exam preparation and summer exam

 

Literary text

 

Latin America

Year 11 French

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1

Speaking:

Identity and culture;

Local area, holiday and travel; future aspirations, study and work; school; local and international dimension

 

Literary text

Talking about school subjects and facilities

 

Comparing school in France and UK

 

School rules

 

Literary text

 

Extra-curricular activities at school

 

Talking about successes and achievements at school

 

 

Talking about jobs and ambitions

 

Careers

 

Talking about using languages beyond the classroom

 

Literary text

 

Future aspirations

Talking about environmental issues

 

Protecting the environment

 

Ethical shopping

 

Global events

 

Literary text

 

Exam preparation and exam

Exam preparation and GCSE exams

Year 11 German

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1

Speaking:

Identity and culture;

Local area, holiday and travel; future aspirations, study and work; school; local and international dimension

 

Literary text

 

Talking about holiday destinations

 

Weather

 

Discussing different types of holidays

 

Literary text

 

Describing local area and discussing advantages and disadvantages

 

 

Talking about jobs and ambitions

 

Careers

 

Talking about using languages beyond the classroom

 

Literary text

 

Future aspirations

Talking about environmental issues

 

Protecting the environment

 

Ethical shopping

 

Global events

 

Literary text

 

Exam preparation and exam

Exam preparation and GCSE exams

Year 11 Italian

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1

Written assessment: work experience

 

Discussing relationships

 

Personal qualities

 

Socialising with family and friends

 

Talking about food and drink

 

Clothes

 

Shopping

 

Discussing technology and social media: uses and advantages and disadvantages at school

 

Discussing festivals and traditions in Italy and Italian-speaking countries

 

Talking about school- describing school

 

Comparing school in Italy and UK

 

Talking about primary school

 

Discussing international sporting events

 

Discussing international music events

Exam preparation with emphasis on listening an reading

 

Strategies

 

Past paper practice

Exam preparation and GCSE exams

Year 11 Spanish

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1

Speaking:

Identity and culture;

Local area, holiday and travel; future aspirations, study and work; school; local and international dimension

 

Literary text

Talking about celebrations

 

Describing a day out

 

Discussing festivals and traditions in the Spanish-speaking world

 

Literary text

 

Food and drink

 

Ordering in a restaurant

 

Discussing music events

 

 

Talking about jobs and ambitions

 

Careers

 

Talking about using languages beyond the classroom

 

Literary text

 

Future aspirations

Talking about environmental issues

 

Protecting the environment

 

Ethical shopping

 

Global events

 

Literary text

 

Exam preparation and exam

Exam preparation and GCSE exams

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Additional Information

Extra Support is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school for all students. As extra-curricular lessons we are offering Urdu and Arabic this year.

There are residential visits to France and Italy which take place each year.