Welcome to the Languages Department!
The study of foreign languages raises students’ awareness of other cultures and the world beyond their experience. It also increases their perception of their own role in humanity and the relationship of themselves as learners in life in a wider context than behind the closed doors of subject specific classrooms. At Kingstone the Languages Department has a role in showing students how small the world has become due to transport and technological advances and how more than one language can better equip them within it. This is an important factor, in encouraging our students to broaden their horizons and aspirations beyond the local community.
Our Department comprises of 2 members of staff:
Head of Department – Mrs A Jones teaching French and German
Mrs T McCrory teaching German and French
Lesson take place in 3 classrooms, all equipped with interactive whiteboards. There is also a small suite of PC’s in the MFL area which students use to access the online language sites we subscribe to.
We encourage all students regardless of ability to participate fully in lessons. Our aim is not only to learn the language but to also explore the culture of the foreign country we are studying.
We try to include lesson on film, music and traditions from the foreign countries as often as possible.
The study of foreign languages raises students’ awareness of other cultures and the world beyond their experience.
Foreign visits and contact
We are in the process of re-establishing some regular foreign visits for our students.
We have recently returned from a very successful trip to Northern France and for German we are in the process of planning a trip to Berlin.
We visit the German Christmas market annually and also have contacts with schools in France and Germany which enhance the student’s experience of life in another country.
Through our cross curricular work on different cultures and contact with other countries we have been awarded the International Schools Award. We also have attended the regional finals of the National Foreign Languages Spelling Bee for Year 7 for the last three years.
In KS3 all students start their language studies with French
In Year 8 students in set A1 and B1 start to study German in addition to French.
In Year 9 the same pattern runs as in Year 8. At the end of this year students can opt to continue with one or both languages to GCSE.
Grouping of Students
All students are set by ability – they are grouped initially based on their Year 6 data but we reassess before October half term in Year 7 and adjust the sets accordingly.
Set changes then take place half termly throughout KS3.
The KS3 Curriculum
From September 2014 the KS3 curriculum will be as follows;
Year 7 - 6 hours a fortnight teaching time all spent on French except for 7a/bfr2 which will use at least 1 hour a fortnight on the ASDAN International award and cultural studies. Year 7 will follow the Studio 1 course.
Year 8 - 3 hours of both French and German for sets A1/B1 they will follow Studio 2 vert and rouge to allow for differentiation within the top set. Echo 1 will be used for the start of their German course. Bottom set year 8 A2/ B2 will follow Studio for this year and from 2015 onwards will follow Studio 2 vert with rouge available for students if needed.
Year 9 - 3 hours of both French and German each fortnight for sets A1/ B1. In French they will follow the curriculum we have in place using Metro 3 for the academic year 2014-2015. Set A2/B2 will use Studio 2 vert for the year 2014-2015.
Grammar forms the building blocks of any language. Our approach is to teach grammar from the outset of Year 7. Each year the level of grammar should be built up eg:
Year 7 - present tense of regular and irregular verbs, adjectives and adjectival endings, simple future, improving written work –connectives and opinions.
French - perfect tense, simple future, improving written work –connectives, time structures and extended opinions.
German - present tense of regular and irregular verbs, adjectives and adjectival endings, simple future, use of war- it was, improving written work –connectives and opinions.
Year 9 - French and German – perfect, future, imperfect and limited conditional tenses, comparatives, negatives, opinions in different tenses.