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Modern Foreign Languages

Our students study either German or French at Hampton Gardens and they have 3 lessons of languages per week. Throughout the year they gain a huge amount of knowledge and have the opportunity to develop speaking, writing, listening, reading and translation skills, as well as understand about the cultures of the different countries. Students will continue with the language they started learning in Year 7 throughout KS3 and will then have the opportunity to continue studying this language at GCSE. We rotate the languages students start with each year on the following cycle:

2017 - French

2018 - German

2019 - French

2020 - German

The programme of study that pupils experience is the same whether they learn French or German at Hampton Gardens and as a result the topics covered and grammatical structures taught will be the same.

Students start with a basic introduction to languages in general and will recap any prior learning from Primary School (including developing their understanding of verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc). Throughout the first year of language learning, we will go on to cover topics such as 'My Family and I', 'My School', 'My free-time' and 'My Area'. Within these topics we will learn key linguistic skills and important grammatical structures, such as the future tense, and will all develop skills in: speaking; writing; reading; listening; and translation through challenging classroom activities as well as plenty of language-based games. In each half-term there will be a range of formative and summative assessments which will cover the language skills mentioned above, giving the students a strong grounding in the start of their language journey. 

Students will also participate in the National Spelling Bee competition where they learn the meanings and spellings of 200 high-frequency words in German. Students compete against their class, the whole school, against all schools in the region and then against all schools in the country to see how many words they can spell using the German alphabet in one minute. 

In Year 8 students will learn a wider range of topics, including TV habits, music, film and environment and they will also learn the past and imperfect tenses. They will continue to learn a wide range of grammatical structures and will start to develop real fluency in the language towards the end of the year. Students will again be assessed against the key skills: speaking; writing; reading; listening; and translation. They will continue to learn in a fun, engaging environment and this year they will compete in the National Translation Bee competition. This competition mirrors the format of the Spelling Bee but challenges pupils to a higher degree as they have to translate whole sentences across 4 different tenses. 

In Year 9, students will have the opportunity to explore topics on identity, culture, local area, holidays, travel, school and future aspirations as well as study and work. They will also build on their knowledge of three tenses by learning the simple future and the conditional. They will continue to learn a wide range of grammatical structures including, but not limited to, the passive voice and si clauses. Students will have developed real fluency in the language towards the end of the year, which will well prepare those students taking a language at Key Stage 4. Students will continue to be assessed against the four key skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. 

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After opting for French at GCSE, students will explore a variety of cultural topics to enhance their language learning and linguistic capabilities in preparation for Year 11. These include: relationships, festivals and traditions, foreign travel, future aspirations and the environment. Students will continue to learn a wide range of grammatical structures including, but not limited to, the pluperfect tense, the imperfect, modal verbs in the conditional tense, the simple future in its full paradigm and more. Students will have developed more fluency in the language towards the end of the year, and will be able to hold a conversation in relation to the cultural topics covered. Students will continue to be assessed against the four key skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking in preparation for their GCSE exams.