Foreign Languages

Learning a language develops many skills and qualities.

It develops communication skills, develops critical thinking, promotes empathy and fosters a knowledge of other cultures as well as broadening our understanding of the world.

Learning a language develops many skills and qualities. It develops communication skills, develops critical thinking, promotes empathy and fosters a knowledge of other cultures as well as broadening our understanding of the world. In learning about grammar our students gain a better understanding of literacy in English. Employer surveys show that pupils’ future employability is enhanced by knowledge of a foreign language.

Every pupil in KS3 at Sirius Academy North learns French, one of the international languages of communication. Dependent on the Pathway being followed, pupils in KS4 have the opportunity to then take the GCSE French course.

Courses at both KS3 and KS4 focus on all four skills areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing and encourage pupils to communicate and use language for real purposes.

In KS3 pupils acquire a broad base of linguistic skills through the topics of:

personal information, school subjects and the school day, sports and hobbies, family ,pets and descriptions, the weather, snacks, cafes and meals, house and home, holidays, parts of the body and illness

At KS4 pupils sitting the 2015 exam follow the AQA French GCSE course whilst students in years 9 and 10 take the Edexdel French GCSE course. The topic content is common to both examinations :

Module 1 - “Me”
Module 2 - Freetime
Module 3 - Where I live
Module 4 - Out and About
Module 4 - School and future plans
Module 6 - jobs. work-experience and pocket money
Module 7 - Tourism
Module 8 - Lifestyle Choices
Module 9 - the endangered world

All students in KS4 are provided with their own grammar workbooks, support workbooks and files.

Pupils use a range of materials and technology to enhance their learning and also access authentic books and films in French in three dedicated language teaching rooms. There are regular opportunities to attend after school booster sessions and events run throughout the year including the clock competition, running a French café and shop, experiencing the learning of new languages and joint activities with the University. The Department also offers an annual educational visit to France. This has included the opportunities of a day trip to Boulogne, a residential visit to Paris and a visit to the Battlefields of France and Belgium as a collaborative trip with the Humanities Department.

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