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Modern Languages Department

  Name
Subject Leader Modern Languages Mrs S Beaumont
Art and Design Teachers Ms B Foureau
Miss K Hughes
Ms S Sanford
Ms E Wallis

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Students learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

In learning a language students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity.

The Scheme of Work at Knole Academy covers a range of topics relevant to young people in contemporary society and provides for a sound development of grammar skills. This is supported by a variety of resources. The Department has high expectations and all staff use a range of teaching and learning techniques to enable students to progress and reach their full potential.

KS3

All students are taught French in teaching groups throughout Key Stage 3, developing their language skills in listening and responding, reading and writing and cultural awareness. All skills are regularly assessed at least every term. Students follow a skills-based scheme of work which also fits in to the new Modern Language Framework of Objectives. They have the opportunity to use ICT software programs, videos and TV, language magazines and reading books for independent reading.

Homework is set once a week and may include activities set from Samlearning.com or Doddle Translation exercises may also be included. Thorough learning which also boosts students 'confidence is actively encouraged.

Students are expected to try to speak as much French as possible in the classroom. Learning activities regularly include peer assessment and role plays, group work and activities enabling students to develop all four skills.

KS4

French and Spanish are the two languages that Knole Academy offers at KS4.

French is compulsory for Grammar Stream students and Spanish may be chosen as an option in addition to French.

French or Spanish may be chosen as an option for non- Grammar Stream students.

The exam board is Edexcel and the  GCSE course consists of four externally assessed examined papers based on the following skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Students are encouraged to visit France or French-speaking countries to develop their speaking and listening skills. Students are actively encouraged to use French websites in order to develop their general comprehension skills.

Homework is set once a week, however it is essential that students spend at least one hour a week learning spellings or revising vocabulary from their revision booklet which all students are issued with at the beginning of the course.

Extra Curriculum and Trips

The Languages Department runs an active and varied programme of trips and activities both in the academy and beyond throughout the year.

Within the academy, revision sessions are organised on a weekly basis for year 11 students who wish to improve their exam grades .

At Key stage 4 Mrs Beaumont and Ms Hughes run the Intervention French Club every Friday at 1.15pm in L4.  Students are welcome to attend the Club at any point in the year in order to improve their speaking and/or writing skills. 

In year 9 the History and French departments join forces to organise a one-day trip to the First World War Battlefields in February. The visit includes time spent in the trenches and British cemeteries, as well as museums and the Menin Gate ceremony.

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