Students may opt to take French, German or Spanish to GCSE (depending on which language(s) they have studied at Key Stage 3) with the most able linguists having the opportunity to continue with both languages they have studied.  We follow the AQA GCSE specification and students are assessed in the four skill areas – listening, speaking, reading and writing – and may either be entered for the foundation tier (Grades 1-5) or the higher tier (Grades 4-9) exams.  Students studying GCSE German have the opportunity to participate in the annual German Exchange trip in Year 10, whilst those studying French are able to spend 4 days in Normandy and those studying Spanish are able to spend 4 days in Cantabria.

French

Year 10

In Year 10 students formally begin preparing for their French GCSE and they follow the AQA exam board specification. Topics covered in the Autumn term include life at home, family, friends and relationships, house and home and local area. In the Spring term they move on to sports and outdoor pursuits, healthy lifestyle and food and drink and in the Summer term they cover free time and hobbies, socialising with friends and TV, films and music. They also spend time improving their ability in all 4 of the skill areas by learning how to deduce meaning from context, by doing targeted listening exercises as well as exercises where they listen for detail, by learning how to use tone to help with their understanding and by improving their dictionary skills. For the grammatical content which they learn alongside the vocabulary they revise what they have done at Key Stage 3 and in addition also cover the following areas:
– Asking questions and making suggestions
– Using correct word order (in complex sentences)
– Using qualifiers and time phrases
– Expressing opinions and preferences and giving reasons for opinions
– Recognising and understanding pronouns
– Giving examples
– Varying structures
More information can be found at: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

Year 11

In Year 11 students continue to work towards their GCSE examinations by preparing for their speaking exam which is conducted by their class teacher at the beginning of the summer term and also practicing their writing, listening and reading skills. In the Autumn term they cover the topics of holidays, environmental issues and life in other countries and in the Spring term they learn vocabulary for the topics of school and education, future plans and work. The summer term is then spent revising and learning vocabulary once their speaking exams have been completed. In addition to the grammatical concepts already learnt they also learn how to:
– Vary expressions of opinion
– Give opinions about past events
– Recognise different tenses
– Embellish answers
– Write longer sentences containing several clauses
– Deduce the meaning of compound words
– Use correct intonation
– Predict vocabulary
More information can be found at: hwww.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

German

Year 10

In Year 10 students formally begin preparing for their German GCSE and they follow the AQA exam board specification. Topics covered in the Autumn term include life at home, family, friends and relationships, house and home and local area. In the Spring term they move on to sports and outdoor pursuits, healthy lifestyle and food and drink and in the Summer term they cover free time and hobbies, socialising with friends and TV, films and music. They also spend time improving their ability in all 4 of the skill areas by learning how to deduce meaning from context, by doing targeted listening exercises as well as exercises where they listen for detail, by learning how to use tone to help with their understanding and by improving their dictionary skills. For the grammatical content which they learn alongside the vocabulary they revise what they have done at Key Stage 3 and in addition also cover the following areas:
– Asking questions and making suggestions
– Using correct word order (in complex sentences)
– Using qualifiers and time phrases
– Expressing opinions and preferences and giving reasons for opinions
– Recognising and understanding pronouns
– Giving examples
– Varying structures
More information can be found at: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668

Year 11

In Year 11 students continue to work towards their GCSE examinations by preparing for their speaking exam which is conducted by their class teacher at the beginning of the summer term and also practicing their writing, listening and reading skills. In the Autumn term they cover the topics of holidays, environmental issues and life in other countries and in the Spring term they learn vocabulary for the topics of school and education, future plans and work. The summer term is then spent revising and learning vocabulary once their speaking exams have been completed. In addition to the grammatical concepts already learnt they also learn how to:
– Vary expressions of opinion
– Give opinions about past events
– Recognise different tenses
– Embellish answers
– Write longer sentences containing several clauses
– Deduce the meaning of compound words
– Use correct intonation
– Predict vocabulary
More information can be found at: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668

Spanish

Year 10

In Year 10 students formally begin preparing for their Spanish GCSE and they follow the AQA exam board specification. Topics covered in the Autumn term include life at home, family, friends and relationships, house and home and local area. In the Spring term they move on to sports and outdoor pursuits, healthy lifestyle and food and drink and in the Summer term they cover free time and hobbies, socialising with friends and TV, films and music. They also spend time improving their ability in all 4 of the skill areas by learning how to deduce meaning from context, by doing targeted listening exercises as well as exercises where they listen for detail, by learning how to use tone to help with their understanding and by improving their dictionary skills. For the grammatical content which they learn alongside the vocabulary they revise what they have done at Key Stage 3 and in addition also cover the following areas:
– Asking questions and making suggestions
– Using correct word order (in complex sentences)
– Using qualifiers and time phrases
– Expressing opinions and preferences and giving reasons for opinions
– Recognising and understanding pronouns
– Giving examples
– Varying structures
More information can be found at: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698

Year 11

In Year 11 students continue to work towards their GCSE examinations by preparing for their speaking exam which is conducted by their class teacher at the beginning of the summer term and also practicing their writing, listening and reading skills. In the Autumn term they cover the topics of holidays, environmental issues and life in other countries and in the Spring term they learn vocabulary for the topics of school and education, future plans and work. The summer term is then spent revising and learning vocabulary once their speaking exams have been completed. In addition to the grammatical concepts already learnt they also learn how to:
– Vary expressions of opinion
– Give opinions about past events
– Recognise different tenses
– Embellish answers
– Write longer sentences containing several clauses
– Deduce the meaning of compound words
– Use correct intonation
– Predict vocabulary
More information can be found at: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698

We study the AQA syllabus for GCSE: French 8658, German 8668, Spanish 8698

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