Modern Languages

Throughout all key stages pupils have the opportunity to study French and German.

FRENCH AT KS3

 

In KS3 French we study the following

  • key grammatical structures and how to apply them in our speaking and written work
  • a wide variety of topics from ‘Studio 1’, ‘Studio 2’ and ‘Studio 3’ including –
  • yourself and your family, your home and local environment
  • your holidays
  • keeping fit
  • food and drink
  • school and work
  • the media

Assessment

  • listening and reading assessment in October (Year 7 and Year 8 2nd foreign language beginners only)
  • listening/reading/writing exam in December
  • listening/reading/writing exam in March/April
  • speaking exam in June/July
  • regular homework on Memrise

Learning beyond the classroom

  • purchasing a French dictionary
  • practising at home, asking family to test you on vocabulary
  • asking family to test you when memorising language for writing exams
  • going on the Year 7/8 trip to Strasbourg/Freiburg

Teachers of KS3 French

  • Mr D Bark – Head of Department
  • Mr A Acheson – Head of Year 12
  • Mrs J Dickinson – Assistant Headteacher
  • Miss S Hentschel – Head of French/Second in Department
  • Miss M Spragg – Teacher of French/Head of Business Studies
  • Mr G Hollis – Assistant Headteacher

 

 

In KS3 German we study the following

GERMAN AT KS3

  • key grammatical structures and applying them in our speaking and written work
  • a wide variety of topics from ‘Stimmt 1’, ‘Logo 2’ and ‘Logo 3’ , including –
  • yourself and your family
  • your home and local environment
  • your holidays
  • keeping fit
  • food and drink
  • going on an exchange
  • school and work
  • the media

Assessment

  • assessment of listening and reading in October (Year 7 and Year 8 2nd foreign language beginners only)
  • listening/reading/writing exam in December
  • listening/reading/writing exam in March/April
  • speaking exam in June/July
  • regular homework on Memrise

Learning beyond the classroom

  • purchasing a German dictionary
  • practising at home, asking family to test you on vocabulary
  • asking family to test you when memorising language for writing exams
  • going on the Year 7/8 trip to Strasbourg/Freiburg
  • taking part in the German exchange

Teachers of KS3 German

  • Mr D Bark – Head of Department
  • Mr A Acheson –  Head of Year 12
  • Mrs J Dickinson – Assistant Headteacher
  • Miss S Hentschel – Head of French/Second in Department

FRENCH AT KS4

In KS4 French we study the following

  • key grammatical structures and applying them in our speaking and written work
  • how to listen to, speak, read and write French within the context of a wide variety of topics, including those below
  • studying topics from the French textbook ‘Studio GCSE’
  • myself and family
  • hobbies and leisure time
  • holidays
  • media (TV, newspapers, IT, advertising)
  • the environment
  • relationships
  • social problems such as unemployment, homelessness and health

Assessment

  • we follow the AQA GCSE specification (from 2016)
  • in Year 10 (October/November) students do a listening and reading
  • In Year 10 (December) students do a writing exam which mirrors the GCSE Foundation exam
  • in Year 10 (February/March) students do a speaking test which introduces students to elements of the GCSE speaking exam
  • in Year 10 (April/May) students do a listening and reading assessment
  • in Year 10 (summer) students complete all four components (speaking, reading, writing, listening) based on GCSE exams
  • in Year 11 (October) students do a written exam similar to the GCSE Foundation or Higher exams
  • in Year 11 (December) students do a full speaking mock exam with their teacher
  • in Year 11 (January) students sit a full mock exam in exam conditions for listening, reading and writing
  • all assessments throughout Year 10 and 11 are internal teacher assessments which do not contribute to the students’ GCSE grade
  • students will sit their actual GCSE exams in all four components (speaking, reading, listening, writing) at the end of Year 11
  • each component is worth 25% of the overall grade
  • the exact dates for these will be available on the AQA website

Learning beyond the classroom

  • revising extra vocabulary on Memrise or in a more traditional way
  • accessing extra listening and reading material from the shared area on the network
  • attending revision sessions offered by their teacher
  • borrowing literature or films from their teacher

Teachers of KS4 French

Miss S Hentschel – Head of French/Second in Department

Mrs J Dickinson – Assistant Headteacher

 

GERMAN AT KS4

In KS4 German we study the following

  • key grammatical structures and learning to apply them in speaking and written work
  • how to listen to, speak, read and write German within the context of a wide variety of topics, including those below
  • studying topics from the German textbook “Stimmt GCSE”
  • myself and family
  • hobbies and leisure time
  • holidays
  • the media – TV, newspapers, IT, advertising
  • the environment
  • relationships
  • social problems such as unemployment, homelessness and health

Assessment

  • assessment follows the AQA GCSE specification (from 2016)
  • in Year 10 (September/October) students do a listening and reading exam based on GCSE topics studied so far
  • in Year 10 (November/December) students do an extended Foundation or Higher translation
  • in Year 10 (February) students do a Foundation writing test
  • In Year 10 (March) students do a speaking test which mirrors the GCSE speaking exam
  • In Year 10 (April) students do a listening and reading exam based on GCSE topics studied so far
  • in Year 10 (summer) students complete all four components (speaking, reading, writing, listening) based on GCSE exams
  • in Year 11 (October) students do a written exam similar to the GCSE Foundation or Higher exams
  • in Year 11 (December) students do a full speaking mock exam with their teacher
  • in Year 11 (January) students sit a full mock exam in exam conditions for listening, reading and writing
  • all assessments throughout Year 10 and 11 are internal teacher assessments which do not contribute to the students’ GCSE grade
  • students will sit their actual GCSE exams in all four components (speaking, reading, listening, writing) at the end of Year 11
  • each component is worth 25% of the overall grade
  • the exact dates for these will be available on the AQA website

Learning beyond the classroom

  • participating in the German exchange
  • revising extra vocabulary on Memrise or in a more traditional way
  • accessing extra listening and reading material from the shared area on the network
  • attending revision sessions offered by their teacher
  • borrowing literature or films from their teacher

Teachers of KS4 German

  • Mr D Bark – Head of MFL
  • Miss S Hentschel – Head of French/Second in Department
  • Mr A Acheson – Head of Year 12

 

French at KS5

 

In KS5 French we study the following

Teaching is animated and varied with a greater focus on developing spoken fluency in the target language. We follow the AQA examination board and use a variety of resource materials in French to enhance learning. Topics are brought to life in the classroom through the use of new technology, newspapers, magazines, TV and radio extracts.

Topics of Study

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends (Family, technology, work)
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world (Cultural heritage, music, cinema)
  • Cultural topics: 1 French literary work, chosen based on student interest and 1 film (Un long dimanche de fiançailles)

Assessment

  • Teacher assessments will be completed at the end of each half term which will assess speaking, reading, listening and translation.
  • These teacher assessments do not count towards the end of Year 13 A Level result.
  • Students will be regularly assessed in grammar and vocabulary.
  • In spring term in Year 12, students will get an opportunity to do a speaking mock with their teacher.
  • Students are regularly assessed with practice essays.
  • Thirsk School and Sixth Form College does not offer AS exams anymore.
  • There is no summative AS exam at the end of Year 12, but students will sit a full mock in summer term which includes reading, listening, writing and speaking.
  • From the summer term in Year 12, students are encouraged to research a topic they are interested in for their Independent Research Topic. Teachers are not able to provide feedback. This research project forms a significant part of the A Level oral exam.
  • Throughout Year 13, students will be assessed by their teacher in reading, listening, essay writing, translation and grammar.
  • The A Level exam consists of 3 papers:
    • Unit 1: reading, listening and writing. 2 hours 30 minutes, 50% of the overall grade.
    • Unit 2: two essays about the literature and film studied. 2 hours. 20% of the overall grade.
    • Unit 3: speaking exam. Stimulus card based discussion about any of the themes studied throughout Year 12 and 13. Two minute presentation of the Independent Research Project, followed by an in-depth discussion of the project. 21 to 23 minutes. 30% of the overall grade.

Out of the MFL Classroom

In order to be successful at A Level, work outside the classroom is important. Students will need to keep a learning log to develop independent learning skills. Guidance will be given regarding the type of activities to complete. Examples include:

  • Reading the French news online
  • Watching YouTube videos / French films
  • Listening/ watching + summarizing a video/film online
  • Reading short stories in French e.g. Le Petit Prince

Teacher of KS5 French

  • Miss S Hentschel – Head of French/Second in Department
  • Mrs J Dickinson – Assistant Headteacher

German at KS5

In KS5 German we study the following

A variety of topics from AQA A level German including some listed below:-

  • the German film Goodbye Lenin (Year 12)
  • relationships, marriage in its various forms, and family (Year 12)
  • social media and the Internet (Year 12)
  • youth culture, TV and music (Year 12)
  • Berlin (Year 12)
  • the Swiss German play Andorra (Year 13)
  • immigration, integration and racism (Year 13)
  • the reunification of Germany (Year 13)
  • Germany and the EU (Year 13)

Teacher assessments will be completed at the end of each half term which will assess speaking, reading, listening and translation.

  • These teacher assessments do not count towards the end of Year 13 A Level result.
  • Students will be regularly assessed in grammar and vocabulary.
  • In spring term in Year 12, students will get an opportunity to do a speaking mock with their teacher.
  • Students are regularly assessed with practice essays.
  • Thirsk School and Sixth Form College does not offer AS exams anymore.
  • There is no summative AS exam at the end of Year 12, but students will sit a full mock in the summer term which includes reading, listening, writing and speaking.
  • From summer term in Year 12, students are encouraged to research a topic they are interested in for their Independent Research Topic. Teachers are not able to provide feedback. This research project forms a significant part of the A Level oral exam.
  • Throughout Year 13, students will be assessed by their teacher in reading, listening, essay writing, translation and grammar.
  • The A Level exam consists of 3 papers:-
    • Unit 1: reading, listening and writing. 2 hours 30 minutes, 50% of the overall grade.
    • Unit 2: two essays about the literature and film studied. 2 hours. 20% of the overall grade.
    • Unit 3: speaking exam. Stimulus card based discussion about any of the themes studied throughout Year 12 and 13. Two minute presentation of the Independent Research Project, followed by an in-depth discussion of the project. 21 to 23 minutes. 30% of the overall grade.

Learning beyond the Classroom

  • purchasing and using a large German dictionary to facilitate home study
  • listening to German on the internet
  • reading German news items on the internet
  • reading German for pleasure
  • participating in the German Exchange

Teachers of KS5 German

  • Mr D Bark – Head of MFL
  • Mr A Acheson – Head of Year 12