Modern Foreign Languages
One of the department’s primary aims is to teach our students to communicate with people in a foreign language. Maximum use of the target language is a central aim of Modern Foreign Languages in the National Curriculum and is reflected in all our teaching. Modern Foreign Languages at Isaac Newton Academy currently comprises French and Spanish.
In Year 7, all students study both French and Spanish, each for a term and a half. At the end of Year 7, student preference, attainment and progress are taken into consideration and each student is assigned one language to continue to study in Year 8 and beyond.
Teaching focuses on the four main skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and prepares students for the GCSE and A-level examinations. Students are taught to be confident communicators and independent learners. They are encouraged to develop their linguistic ability and literacy skills through oral presentations and written work.
We strongly encourage students to study either French or Spanish as one of their GCSEs. There is also the opportunity for students to do an extra GCSE in a Community Language such as Arabic, Turkish, Panjabi, Italian and Cantonese should they already speak these at home.
Students study Languages for two hours a week at Key Stage 3 and three hours a week at Key Stage 4 with class sizes averaging twenty three in mixed attaining groups.
Key Stage 3
Students follow a thematic Languages curriculum with each Scheme of Learning allowing students to develop skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Students follow the French course book ‘Studio’ and the Spanish course book ‘Mira’.
Key Stage 4
Our current Key Stage 4 provision for French and Spanish GCSEs is based on the Edexcel GCSE specifications. The two courses aim to enable students to develop:
· an understanding of the language in a variety of contexts
· a knowledge of the vocabulary and structures of the languages
· transferable language skills
· the ability to communicate effectively in the subject
· an awareness and understating of the countries and communities in which the language is spoken
· the skills and knowledge to prepare them for study at a higher level , including A level.
The ‘Edexcel Higher Tier’ textbooks are used in both subjects. The curriculum map below highlights the theme and assessments term by term.
For our 2016-18 cohort, students are assessed through four terminal exams at the end of Year 11 for Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Each of the four terminal exams comprises 25% of the final grade. This applies to our September 2016 Year 10 cohort.