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St Thomas More

Catholic School

KS3

Why are Modern Foreign Languages important?

Learning a modern foreign language is important because it enables pupils to make connections with different people and their cultures.  The world is increasingly interconnected and proficiency in languages is seen as a highly desired skill by employers.

 

Key Skills Required 

In French and Spanish the key skills required are the ability to identify new key words in short texts, to analyse short phrases and to identify the main points in short written passages and read a simple book with help.

 

Topics Covered in Year 7 

Number of lessons per week: 2 

Spanish

Term 1       Talking about yourself, describing yourself and your free time.
Term 2       Your school, your family and friends.
Term 3       Your local area.

French

Term 1       Talking about yourself and others and school.
Term 2       Your free time and your local area.
Term 3       Holidays.

Topics Covered in Year 8

Number of lessons per week: 2

Spanish

Term 1       Talking about past holidays, hobbies and free time.
Term 2       Food, celebrations, going out and events.
Term 3       Holidays.

French

Term 1       Talking about your hobbies, visiting Paris.
Term 2       Your identity, your local area, home and food.
Term 3       Talents and ambitions.

Topics Covered in Year 9

Number of lessons per week: 2

Spanish

Term 1       Talking about past holidays, hobbies and free time.
Term 2       Food, celebrations, going out and events.
Term 3       Holidays.

French

Term 1       Social life, health and fitness.
Term 2       Future aspirations, work and languages.
Term 3       Holidays.

Homework

Pupils are set homework once a week.

One reading comprehension task or one extended writing task.

ActiveLearn online homework in listening, reading, vocabulary and grammar.

Assessment Details

Pupils are assessed regularly. Diagnostic monitoring will take place twice per half term. Pupils will complete a summative assessment every half term.

Revision Support

  • larousse.fr (French dictionary online)
  • www.spanishdict.com
  • www.wordreference.org
  • www.languagesonline.org

Key Tips for Success

  • Pupils should learn at least 10 new words every week.
  • Pupils should always ask for help in areas that they are unsure of; they must ask for help with their homework in advance of the deadline.
  • Make sure that all work is presented neatly and always written in full and detailed sentences.
  • Pupils should have a bilingual dictionary and must not use Google translate.

How can a parent help their child succeed in this course?

  • Supervise your child’s homework.
  • Encourage pupils to practise writing new key words.
  • Ensure pupils use the resources they are given to help complete homework