Key Stage 3
This year all pupils will study French from October to the end of the academic year over five periods a fortnight. They are taught in Houses and therefore all classes are mixed ability. Before the end of Year 7, pupils will be asked (in consultation with parents/guardians) to decide whether to continue with their learning of French through to GCSE, or to switch to one of the three other languages offered (German, Spanish or Latin) which they will be expected to continue from Year 8 to GCSE in Year 11. Where possible, classes in Year 8 and 9 are set according to ability.
A taste of what studying each language is like, is created during the months of September and October when each pupil will have 10 lessons of German, followed by 10 lessons of Spanish, and an immersion day of Latin. The overarching objectives of each programme is to teach the pupils something cultural, transferable language or skills, and possible pathways each language has to offer. It is hoped that this will allow our pupils to make an informed choice of language at the end of the Spring Term.
We carry out formal assessments every half term, which coincides with the topic areas. Assessments have been created by teachers at Bishop Luffa to scaffold the skills required for the new GCSEs. Pupils are marked according to ‘Bishop Luffa Steps’ (1-5).
Key Stage 4
Pupils have the opportunity to continue to study the language they have started in Key Stage 3. From 2017, the majority of pupils will be expected to take a language GCSE. Currently, approximately 60% of the cohort continue their studies at KS4.
German, French and Spanish
The GCSE course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in Key Stage 3. In Year 10 and 11 pupils continue to speak, listen to, read and write French, German or Spanish dealing with topics of everyday relevance. The language content in Years 10 and 11 follows the AQA GCSE specification. Teaching is conducted as much as possible in the Target Language and pupils are encouraged to communicate with each other and with their teacher in the foreign language during everyday classroom situations. A course book is used at both Key Stages but is also supplemented by the IWB, worksheets, film, songs and language games.
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Those who have studied Latin in Years 8 and 9 have the opportunity of continuing with Latin to GCSE.
The course follows on from the work done in Years 8 and 9 and therefore pupils who have enjoyed the subject and felt successful so far may continue to do so.
The final examination consists of four short papers, containing translation and comprehension of Latin, and questions on the poetry and prose set books. There is no coursework.
For further details follow this link - GCSE Latin exam specification