All lessons feature a variety of listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation tasks.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 use Dynamo and its on-line learning platform.
Topics covered include family and school life; daily routine; free-time and where you live. All three main tenses are covered in Year 7, as well as key grammatical structures necessary to create a solid base for further language learning in Years 8 and 9 and beyond.
Year 8 and 9 use Expo and subscription websites to practise language. The course builds on the topics and grammar covered in Year 7, and reinforces and increases the complexity of the language students can understand and produce. Additional content areas are media, holidays, eating out, health and cultural topics.
Key Stage 4
Year 10 and 11 use a combination of Studio text resources, kerboodle on-line and exampro (AQA on-line exam question practice). We also have dedicated grammar and revision resources to ensure accuracy and exam technique are practised regularly.
Students in Key Stage 3 and 4 have summative Assessments every term, with formative Progress Checks as a regular feature in lessons to monitor progress and inform planning and teaching. This provides students with an opportunity to experience and hone the skills necessary to succeed in the Linear exams in GCSE and A Level.
Key Stage 5
Students access the course using the AQA approved OUP resources – this includes a textbook, a DIGIBOOK and kerboodle on-line. The course covers three main themes, each with a number of topics such as : Cyber-society, Heritage, the 7th Art, Family in the modern world, Francophone music, Politics, Immigration and Integration, Diverse society, a literary novel in the target language and a film. Students also complete an Individual Research Project that forms the basis for the presentation and discussion in the A Level Speaking exam.