Most pupils in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) follow a course of both French and German, with two lessons a week taught in each language. Foundation pupils study either French or German for 3 lessons a week and receive an additional hour of Cultural Studies, which is taught in English and provides insight into music, film, food, traditions and festivals from around Europe.
The language course is lively and makes use of choral repetition, song, mime, role play, movement and video and lessons are loud, energetic and fun. In addition, pupils are given a sound grounding in the grammar of the language they are studying as well as learning how to learn vocabulary. Pupils are encouraged to be resourceful, imaginative, and persistent. We aim to build confidence in our students so that they speak the language as much as possible in class. We realise that Key Stage 3 also contributes to the new GCSE exams so try hard to instil the skills and terminology that the Key Stage 4 course requires as early as possible.
Lessons in Key Stage 3 practise the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and pupils are assessed at the end of each term in two of the skills. This score is averaged in order to give the final assessment grade. The new 1-9 grading system is used to assess students across Key Stages 3 and 4. The grading system rewards students for their ability to use the language to understand and communicate effectively. Grammar points are also specified for each of the levels. Students making excellent progress in year 7 may reach a level 4L, while a 5S represents excellent progress in Year 8.
Homework is set once a week for each language to reinforce students’ learning in class, and vocabulary learning is regularly set on Memrise and tested in class.