Languages at Isca: we aim to make the next generation of communicators who are tolerant, understanding, open-minded and able to reflect on their own language and culture as well as that of the target language.
By the end of year 7 students can copy written and spoken language and recognise patterns in it.
By the end of year 8 students can apply structures and manipulate written and spoken language in one or two foreign languages.
By the end of year 9 students can communicate comfortably within three time frames in written and spoken language.
By the end of year 10 students can understand and express views on a range of more complex topics in writing and speaking.
By the end of year 11 students can confidently sit exams and have strategies to cope with the unknown. They can use their knowledge of the target language and linguistic skills to understand the written and spoken word, and express themselves confidently in the target language.
Key Stage 3
All students study French in year 7 (4 hours a fortnight), and are given the opportunity to study Spanish in addition in year 8 (2 hours per language per fortnight) or continue with French only (4 hours per fortnight).
The subject specific skills that the students will develop include speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will also explore basic conversational situations, the present, immediate future and past tenses, expressing opinions, linking and extending work, and translation.
The transferable skills that students will develop include interpreting, independence, creativity, self-awareness, and working with others.
Assessment and Home Learning
Formative assessment in the 4 skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are an integral part of teaching, with summative assessment in one or more skill at the end of each unit. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own progress. Home Learning is set fortnightly and focuses on developing independent language learning skills as well as learning key vocabulary and grammar. The work is set on Class Charts but teachers always explain tasks to their classes when it is set, and make paper copies available as appropriate.
Useful Online Resources and apps
All year groups:
www.quizlet.com for learning vocabulary (also available as a free app). Create an account by signing in via Google and using pupil school email address. All pupils will need to join their class. Their teacher can help with this.
Year 7 French Topic Overview
Cycle 1 – Self and family
Cycle 2 – School
Cycle 3 – Free time
Year 8 French Topic Overview
Cycle 1 – Home and region
Cycle 2 – Healthy Living
Cycle 3 – Holidays
Year 8 Spanish Topic Overview*
Cycle 1 – Self and School
Cycle 2 – Family and friends
Cycle 3 – Free time
Year 9 Spanish Topic Overview*
Cycle 1 – Home life + free time
Cycle 2 – Region and Holidays
Cycle 3 – Relationships + technology
*NB not all students take two languages in year 8.
Key Stage 4
French and Spanish are currently optional from year 9 and students choose to continue with French and/or Spanish as one of their Ebacc GCSE subjects.
They receive 5 lessons a fortnight. GCSE students are actively encouraged to book additional sessions with our specialist language TA Ms Rodriguez to support their learning. These are available at break, lunchtime and after school. Others may be referred for support with a particular skill.
French text book – AQA French (Oxford ISBN 978-019-836583-9)
Spanish text book – AQA Spanish (Oxford ISBN 978-019-836585-3)
Theme 1 – Identity and Culture
Me, my family and friends
Technology in everyday life
Free time activities
Customs and festivals
Theme 2 – Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Travel and tourism
Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment
Life at school and college
Jobs, career choices and ambitions
The subject specific skills that the students will develop include speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will also explore conversational phrases, and extend their use of different tenses within the three time frames, expressing opinions, more complex connectives, extending content, giving extra detail and narrative.
The transferable skills that students will develop include interpreting, independence, creativity, self-awareness, and working with others. They will extend their writing, speaking, and planning skills.
The students will take four terminal exams in the summer of year 11 in Reading (25% of the final mark), Listening (25%),Speaking (25%), Writing (25%). They will be entered for either foundation tier (bands 1-5) or higher tier (bands 4-9).
Assessment and Home Learning
All students complete regular assessments in languages across all 4 skills in preparation for the terminal GCSE exams. They are encouraged to track their own progress and take responsibility for moving their learning forward.
Watching films and reading the news in the target language, surfing French and Spanish websites, using language learning apps, and using the language when on holiday abroad are all approaches with proven benefits.
Year 10 will sit an end of year exam in the summer term which will help to determine their tier of entry in Year 11.
Year 11 will sit a full GCSE mock in the Autumn Term.
Students have access to Kerboodle (linked to the text we use)
Homework is set weekly and includes using the Knowledge Organiser as well as more targeted tasks that require them to apply this knowledge. They will be expected to be regularly learning new vocabulary and grammar, as well as preparing for their exams. The work is set on Class Charts but teachers always explain tasks to their classes when it is set, and make paper copies available as appropriate.
Useful Online Resources
Pupils are actively encouraged and supported by the school in sitting a GCSE in their native language. In previous years students passed examinations in French, Spanish, Polish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Bengali. Please contact Ms Richards (Head of Languages) or Miss Hobbs (EAL Coordinator) for further information.