As a student, learning a language allows us to improve our critical thinking skills, our ability to multi-task and improve our memories. As a person, it makes us a better listener, helps to build relationships and can open up a whole new view of the ever-increasingly interconnected world around us. Our French/Spanish GCSE course aims to build on the solid foundation of KS3 and push skills and understanding of the essential components of confidently communicating in a second language.
Number of exams:
4 exams in total (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) all worth 25% each
How is the curriculum structured?
|Year 10||Year 11|
Travel and Tourism
Life at School and Post-16
Healthy and Unhealthy Living
The World of Work
Poverty and Homelessness
Exam Skills / Revision
Why is the curriculum sequenced this way?
Students return to topics covered in KS3, but with the benefit of a greater ability to understand and manipulate the language. They also sharpen their exam skills, with a different focus for each topic. The Travel and Tourism topic allows them to practise using a mix of different tenses to extend their work, as well as focussing on refining their translation skills. The topics of the Environment and Healthy Lifestyles at the end of Year 10 require students to express themselves with more depth and complexity, using the subjunctive among other tenses and moods. The topics studied at the start of Year 11 involve are of more personal relevance (the World of Work), as well as topics which build an awareness of social issues. These require a solid base of grammatical ability so are studied at the end of the course and they are mixed with plenty of revision and exam skills.
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