Languages 2016-17

At Richard Coates Church of England Middle School, all language teaching is by subject specialists. We aim to offer a high-quality languages education which fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world.

 We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

 Year 5

All pupils in Year 5 follow the national curriculum languages programme of study for Key Stage 2. The teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. The focus of study is on practical communication and the language studied is French.

In term 1, pupils in Year 5 study 2 modules of work. In the first, entitled On Holiday they cover the vocabulary needed to describe where they are going on holiday, where they’re staying and how long they’re staying. It also includes a variety of attractions they might encounter on holiday. The second module, Eating Out, includes vocabulary and conversations linked with eating out and buying food. Pupils learn how to order food and drinks in cafés and restaurants, as well as how to ask for a table.

In term 2 pupils study a module of work which introduces vocabulary needed to talk about hobbies. It includes the use of “j’aime” (“I like”) followed by nouns and infinitives, and builds on knowledge of negative sentences. They also study a module about school life which introduces vocabulary to talk about the journey, including the French version of “The Wheels on the Bus”, and words associated with trips to a museum and the countryside. This module includes sentences in both the present and future tenses, giving pupils the opportunity to learn new sentence structures.

In term 3 pupils study a further 2 modules of work. In the first, entitled Seasons, they cover vocabulary about the four seasons and activities they might be involved in during these times of year. Pupils also learn how to say the date. The second module is all about the environment. Pupils learn how to talk about what they like to do in the garden and about the creatures that live there. They also learn some vocabulary linked to rubbish and recycling.

Year 6

All pupils in Year 6 follow the national curriculum languages programme of study for Key Stage 2. The teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. The focus of study is on practical communication and the language studied is French.

In term 1 pupils in Year 6 study 2 modules of work. During the course of the first, entitled Actions, pupils learn a selection of common verbs and how to use them with some simple adverbs. The unit also includes vocabulary associated with craft activities and treasure hunts. The second module is all about France — it introduces pupils to some French foods, the location of some French cities and some popular tourist attractions in Paris. The module begins with the traditional French song “Sur le pont d’Avignon” (“On the Bridge of Avignon”), and ends with a recipe for a popular French snack — the croque-monsieur. Pupils also learn how to say the points of the compass, how to say some more past tense verbs and how to discuss which countries speak French.

In term 2 pupils study a module of work about the family. As well as introducing vocabulary for close and extended family members, the unit covers how to talk about household tasks and weekend activities. The lessons in this module include sentences in the present and past tenses. They also study a module entitled A Weekend with Friends which gives pupils the opportunity to talk about activities that they like to do with their friends. They learn how to invite others to join in with activities, and a selection of useful replies that they can use when somebody asks them if they’d like to do something.

In term 3 pupils study a further 2 modules of work. In the first, entitled The Future pupils learn how to use the future tense to talk about what they are going to do. They begin to understand how the future tense is formed using “aller” (to go), and how to use it in third person sentences. The second module is all about jobs. Lesson 1 includes a song about wanting to be an astronaut and a conversation structure which pupils can use to say what they would like to do as a job. Pupils also learn how to say a selection of job titles and workplaces.

Year 7

All pupils in Year 7 follow the national curriculum languages programme of study for Key Stage 3. Pupils continue their study of French and we aim to build on the foundations of language learning laid at key stage 2. Our teaching focuses on developing the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. It enables pupils to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. In addition, it provides suitable preparation for further study.

In term 1 pupils in Year 7 study modules of work about themselves, their immediate world and the world around them. In the first module, they learn to talk about where they live, the languages someone speaks, their favourite things and to describe appearance. Subsequently, they learn vocabulary and structures to enable them to talk about family and friends, likes and dislikes regarding school subjects and to talk about personality. The third module focuses upon talking about leisure activities, personal possessions, animals and colours, describing animals and favourite animals.

In term 2 pupils learn about mealtimes, giving opinions on food and drink, ordering food and understanding recipes. They also learn the vocabulary and structures to talk about towns, asking for and giving directions, arranging to go out and locating places on a map. In the final module of work for this term, pupils learn to talk about the clothes they wear, weekend activities and preferences about music.

In term 3 pupils are involved in modules of work on holidays, sports and the wider world. They learn how to talk about holidays, ideal holidays and a past holiday and what to take. Subsequently, they learn vocabulary and structures to enable them to talk about sports, other leisure activities, the body and injuries. The third module of work focuses on daily routine, what you did yesterday, where you live and what you do to help others.

Year 8

All pupils in Year 8 follow the national curriculum languages programme of study for Key Stage 3. Pupils continue their study of French and we aim to build on the foundations of language learning laid at key stage 2. Our teaching focuses on developing the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. It enables pupils to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. In addition, it provides suitable preparation for further study.

In term 1 pupils in Year 8 study modules of work about France and the French. They learn to compare France and Britain, talk about French people and discuss Francophone cartoon characters. They go onto learn how to talk about television programmes, musical genres, films and reading in a module of work on media. Finally, they learn to talk about technology – the pros and cons, the dangers and favourite technological gadgets.

In term 2 pupils learn to talk about what it is like to be young – relationships with parents, the pressures faced by teenagers and what life used to be like for young people. They also learn about healthy lifestyles, diet, making resolutions to be healthier and what the future holds. The third module of work focuses on talking about special events, making arrangements and talking about traditions and festivals.

In term 3 pupils are involved in modules of work on travel, homes and jobs. They learn to compare forms of transport, buy tickets, plan holidays and talk about past holidays. The second module includes vocabulary and structures to enable pupils to talk about rooms in the house, their bedroom, their ideal home and to describe places in detail and express their feelings about them. Finally, pupils in Year 8 learn to talk about jobs and the qualities needed for certain jobs, ambitions, ideal jobs, part-time jobs and to talk about success and failure.