We achieve this through regular meetings with colleagues in the First Schools. Pupils reinforce their knowledge of a core of frequently used language and structures through further practice within a range of cross-curricular topics chosen to engage and enthuse children of this age. The aim of the curriculum is to develop a core of grammatical knowledge in Spanish, which the pupils can apply to the learning of French in KS3. Pupils will also develop transferable language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The KS3 curriculum is designed to give every pupil the opportunity to understand that success is achievable by all pupils regardless of ability. The KS3 curriculum builds upon the foundations of language learning introduced in KS2. At KS3, the pupils use a variety of resources to improve their knowledge and skills in French, catering for all learning styles. It is our aim to support and challenge pupils of all abilities, using differentiated activities, resources and success criteria.
We regularly liaise with colleagues in KS4 to ensure that our curriculum provides a solid basis for transition to the skills required at GCSE level.
The KS2 curriculum focuses on key grammatical structures by introducing pupils to the concept of gender, word order, adjectival agreement and high frequency verbs. We specifically choose topics in KS2, which are suitable for younger children, namely, family, holiday food and drink, sports and activities. Some topics have cross-curricular links such as the solar system (science), wild animals (geography/science) and story-writing (literacy).
At KS3, there is a greater focus on grammar and sentence structure. We teach these through a variety of topics relevant to the age groups. Subjects covered include family life, the school day, hobbies and interests, new technologies, media, house and home and town and local area. Teaching builds upon the knowledge of grammatical structures at KS2. In Year 7 the focus is on language in the present tense, which then progresses to the introduction of a range of tenses – past, present and near future in Year 8. As the pupils progress through KS2 and KS3 they are gradually introduced to skills required at GCSE level, for example, translation into French and English.
All pupils in KS3 are taught how to communicate with each other during lessons in the Target Language and are encouraged to practise this in every lesson.
Pupils make significant progress at KS2 and KS3 but the impact of language learning is more evident in KS3 when pupils have three lessons a week. This provides the opportunity for greater exposure to the language and allows pupils to practise the language more regularly.
The teaching of grammatical structures allows pupils to understand how to manipulate language for their own purposes, encouraging independent, enquiring linguists. Furthermore, as pupils are encouraged to collect new language, they are enabled to personalise their work.