Modern Foreign Languages
Key Stage 3
All Year 7 students study French as their first Modern Foreign Language at Trinity. Students then have the opportunity to study both German and Spanish on a rotation, receiving 30 hours of Spanish and 30 hours of German by the end of Key Stage 3.
In Year 7 students begin with the basics (greetings, numbers, colours, dates) then move on to family, pets and opinions. From January, students study school and hobbies and begin to gain confidence in adding reasons. Finally, students learn about the local area while strengthening all that has been seen before.
The year 8 French course covers a wide range of language that is relevant to students in their everyday life. This includes topics such as family and friends, free time, going out, holidays and there is also an excellent whodunit module where students use their logic skills to solve a crime! During the year 8 French course, students learn some key grammatical elements which allow them to hold short conversations and write paragraphs in French which readies them for extended writing pieces at GCSE. By the end of the year 8 course, students are able to use three different tenses and express their own opinions and give reasons.
Students are assessed fortnightly on vocabulary they have been set to learn, to allow them to expand their vocabulary and comprehension. All students are assessed each term in the four skills, listening, reading, speaking and writing in end of unit assessments.
Culture is intertwined with each module, including students learning about school in France, hobbies and interests of young people in the Francophone world and how shopping habits differ in France compared to in England, this allows the students to see a world beyond their own and enables a more complex understanding of the language.
German and Spanish
In years 7 and 8, students also have the opportunity to study Spanish and German on a carousel, the rotations are for 10 weeks at a time which allows students to have a taster of these languages.
The focus is on allowing students the opportunity to speak in the target language, in order for them to have a good foundation of key vocabulary and structures. There is also a focus on being able to pick up links with their own language, therefore allowing them a greater knowledge of English through their language studies.
Students are assessed at the end of each rotation in listening, reading and writing.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSEs in French, Spanish and German. The GCSE courses we offer consist of topics involving general communication and comprehension. In Years 9 to 11, students will study the language and culture of the target language in greater depth, building on topics already studied at Key Stage 3.
There are three broad topic areas ‘Identity and Culture,’ ‘Local, national, international and global areas of interest’ and ‘Current and future study and employment’ We work from a variety of resources, including textbooks, authentic texts and online resources.
The courses are divided into 4 skill areas with the equal weighting; Listening (25%), Speaking (25%), Reading (25%) and Writing (25%). Listening, Reading and Writing are assessed at end of the course, with three exams in the summer of Year 11. Students will also take a 7 to 12 minute speaking assessment in the April or May of Year 11
Key Stage 5
Studying a Modern Language gives students the tools to share their views in a responsive and fun environment and allows them to explore diverse and interesting subject matter including music, film and technology to gain a greater understanding of contemporary culture abroad.
The A Level course will have four main elements;
1. Aspects of the target language-speaking society: current trends,
2. Artistic Culture in the target language-speaking world
4. A choice of literary texts and films
The course is linear and students will sit three exams.