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 & 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

 

–          Sports

–          Frequency

–          Giving opinions

–          Justifying opinions

 

 

Students study their other language

 

–          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

 

–          Places in town

–          Describing town

–          Eating out

–          Drinks and snacks

–          Introduction to the future tense

 

Students study their other language

French, Spanish German & Italian – Year 8

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4

 

–          Clothes

–          Uniform

–          Ideal school uniform

 

–          Around town

–          Shops & buildings

–          Directions

 

–          Food & drink

–          Meal times

–          Cultural details

–          Shopping (food & clothes)

–          Prices & quantities

–          1 – 1000

–          Sizes

 

–          Eating out

–          Expressing preferences

–          Ordering drinks and food

–          Prices

–          Healthy eating

 

Students study their other language

 

–          Countries

–          Holiday accommodation

–          Transport

–          Holiday activities

–          Weather

 

–          Jobs

–          Family members and their jobs

–          Personality required for different jobs

–          Future jobs

–          CV

–          Hobbies

 

–          Exploring literary texts

 

Students study their other language

Years 9, 10 & 11

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

Year 10 (Italian only) and Year 11 (all languages) – 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

Year 9 Italian

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

Year 9 German

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

Talking about school subjects

and clothes

Colours

 

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 exchanges and class 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

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

Talking about reading preferences

 

Describing people

 

Talking about friends and family

Year 10 French

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Revising family and describing people Revising leisure activities Talking about food and meals Talking about where you live and what you can do there Talking about what you normally do on holiday Ordering in a restaurant
Revising places in town, activities and times Revising films and going to the cinema Discussing clothes and what to wear Describing a town and asking the way Staying in a hotel Talking about holiday disasters
Talking about friends and what makes a good friend Talking about sport Describing your daily life Town, region and country: describing a region Talking about travelling

Talking about family relationships Talking about using technology Shopping for clothes Finding out tourist information Saying what you do and did on holiday

Making arrangements to go out Discussing reading habits and music Describing festivals and traditions Discussing plans and the weather  

Describing a day out

Cultural life:

Talking about television programmes

Talking about shopping for a special meal Talking about your town, village or neighbourhood  

Talking about role models Talking about a night out with friends Describing family celebrations

Year 10 German

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

Talking about school subjects

and clothes

Colours

Discussing leisure activities Describing photos Describing your house and home Describing forms of transport and making a hotel booking Ordering at a restaurant
Talking about what you are and are not looking forward to at school this year Discussing music Talking about what makes a good friend Meeting and greeting an exchange partner Discussing ways of travelling and buying train tickets Shopping for souvenirs
Talking about what you did in the holidays Discussing film and television Describing relationships Describing your home Describing accommodation and associated problems Describing problems on holiday
Describing a school day Discussing sport Discussing role models

Talking about what you do on

a typical day

Asking for and understanding directions to sights in Vienna

Discussing school rules Learning about celebrations and festivals Comparing your life as a child with your life now Describing food and drink items  

Talking about school exchanges and class trips     Discussing how and when you use social media and technology  

Talking about success and achievement at school     Discussing advantages and disadvantages of social media and technology  

Year 10 Italian

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Discussing holidays and weather Giving opinions about school subjects Talking about socialising and family Talking about free time activities Talking about places in a town Shopping for clothes and presents
Saying what you do in summer

Describing school uniform

Describing the school day

Describing people Talking about TV programmes and films Talking about shops

Talking about problems in a

town

Talking about holiday Talking about subjects and teachers Talking about social networks Talking about what you usually do Describing the features of a region Describing a visit in the past
Saying what you did on holiday Describing your school Making arrangements Talking about sports Planning what to do

Describing where you stayed Talking about school rules and problems Talking about reading preferences Talking about what’s trending  

Booking accommodation and dealing with problems Talking about plans for a school exchange Describing people Discussing different types of entertainment  

Giving an account of a holiday in the past Talking about activities and achievements Talking about friends and family Talking about who inspires you  

Year 10 Spanish

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Discussing holidays and weather Giving opinions about school subjects Talking about socialising and family Talking about free time activities Talking about places in a town Shopping for clothes and presents
Saying what you do in summer

Describing school uniform

Describing the school day

Describing people Talking about TV programmes and films Talking about shops

Talking about problems in a

town

Talking about holiday Talking about subjects and teachers Talking about social networks Talking about what you usually do Describing the features of a region Describing a visit in the past
Saying what you did on holiday Describing your school Making arrangements Talking about sports Planning what to do

Describing where you stayed Talking about school rules and problems Talking about reading preferences Talking about what’s trending  

Booking accommodation and dealing with problems Talking about plans for a school exchange Describing people Discussing different types of entertainment  

Giving an account of a holiday in the past Talking about activities and achievements Talking about friends and family Talking about who inspires you  

Year 11 French, German, Italian and Spanish

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Preparation for controlled assessment 4 – either Writing or Speaking from the topic area A

Controlled assessment 4 – Writing or Speaking (see Autumn half-term).Topic Area C

Mock exam

Listening and Reading practice from the following topic area C

Exam practice

Listening and Reading practice from the following topic area C

Exam practice

GCSE Exams in Listening and Reading
  • Topic Area A – Travel and Tourism; Business, Work and Employment; Media and Culture; or Sport and Leisure
  • Topic Area B – Out and about; customer service and transactions; personal information; future plans, education and work
  • Topic Area C – Out and about; customer service and transactions; personal information; future plans, education and work.

View French Specification View German Specification View Italian Specification View Spanish Specification

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.