Approach to Teaching
Learning a foreign language is a skill that is becoming increasingly important in the global village that we live in and we are delighted to be able to offer two languages at St Edmund’s; French and Spanish. In lessons, pupils will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing whilst practising strategies to help them with language learning. Pupils are encouraged to take an interest in different cultures and other countries through a variety of projects, ICT tasks and creative activities.
All pupils in school are currently studying either French or Spanish. All lessons delivered as 5 single lessons for Year 7s, 4 for year 8s and 4 for year 9s every fortnight.
Pupils in Key Stage 3 follow a Modular course visiting areas which will be revisited in Key Stage 4. In KS4 French and Spanish appear in the Option pools. Pupils are given the option of continuing to study French or Spanish in KS4 to GCSE with EDUQAS.
In KS4 pupils have 5 lessons of French and / or Spanish. At present this is delivered as 5 single lessons.
Cultural trips to France are offered every two years and to Spain every three years.
Language learning has been proved to help with the development of a variety of personal skills such as literacy, thinking skills and self-confidence.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)
All pupils follow a topic-based course, leading to GCSE. These topics relate to the lives of young people here and abroad, and to coping as a visitor to Spain/France. Pupils cover work in four language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing including translations and the use of language for practical purposes.
A broad and exciting range of topics is taught covering:
- Personal life.
- Hobbies and interests.
- Food and drinks.
- Cultural festivals.
- French and Spanish speaking countries.
All these topics are tailored to the pupils’ interests.
They will have the opportunity to learn a variety of tenses and use opinions to clearly communicate messages to native speakers.
Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)
Examination Board: EDUQAS
The WJEC Eduqas GCSE is based on a conviction that learners studying a Modern Foreign Language will develop their desire and ability to communicate with and understand speakers of the assessed language in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes.
The specification supports the aim that the study of a Modern Foreign Language will broaden horizons, develop cultural knowledge and understanding and foster transferable skills such as confidence, communication, problem solving and creativity. The specification also aims to provide learners with a solid foundation on which to prepare them for future language study.
This specification builds on subject content which is taught at Key Stage 3 and provides a suitable foundation for the study of Spanish at either AS or A level. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.
The qualification is made up of four components. Each component equals 25% of their final grade.
Component 1 is a spoken non-exam assessment. Component 2 is a listening examination.
Component 3 is a reading examination. Component 4 is a written examination.
The context for learning the language is organized under three broad themes:
- Identity and culture.
- Local, national, international and global areas of interest.
- Current and future study and employment.
Each broad theme is divided into sub-themes.