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A High Performing Specialist Academy for Technology & Applied Learning

Courses Offered

 The Team

Ms E Bauduin (Head of Department), Mrs G Bell, Mr J Bunter, Mrs B Clothier, Mrs T Lambert

Key Stage 3  (Years 7 and 8)

Students in Year 7 are taught in Form Groups for the first half term. They are put in sets according to ability after half term and study both French and Spanish.  Following the New Curriculum and enjoying a range of methodology, students develop through the four key skills of Listening and Responding, Speaking, Reading and Responding, and Writing.

In Year 7 students pursue the themes of Harry Potter and Geography in French.  The Spanish course is delivered through our own Scheme of Work (SOW) which is supplemented by exercises from the Mira textbook.  We cover a range of topic areas such as personal information, personality, family and where I live.

In Year 8 students continue with both languages.  In French, students study the language through the topics of Parkour, Paris, and Music.  In Spanish they cover the topics 'La Comida' (food), 'Mi Instituto' (school) and 'Mis Vacaciones' (holidays).  The department uses its own SOWs, supplemented by textbooks and a wide range of authentic resources such as videos and extracts from books and magazines.

Students are put into sets at the beginning of Year 8 according to ability.

Key Stage 4 (beginning in Year 9)

In Year 9 students can opt to begin a GCSE course in French or Spanish.  This could be completed in either 1 year, intensively, or in 3 years.

Language skills at GCSE (1 year course) are assessed with the following weightings:

  • Listening - 20%
  • Reading - 20%
  • Speaking - 30%
  • Writing - 30%

Each student is required to complete two writing and two speaking assessments and a Listening and Reading exam in the May/June series of exams.

Language skills at GCSE (new - 3 year course) are assessed with the following weightings:

  • Listening - 25%
  • Reading - 25%
  • Speaking - 25%
  • Writing - 25%

All exams are taken at the end of the course (May/June of Year 11)

Key Stage 5

  • French GCE AS/A2 Level (Edexcel)
  • Spanish GCE AS/A2 Level (EdExcel)

French and Spanish A Level are offered jointly with Tomlinscote School, through the SHAPE initiative.

Enrichment Activities

 There are exchange visits with our partner schools the IES Europa School in Aguilas in south-eastern Spain and the College du Fort in Sucy-en-Brie, France.  We also offer trips to Berlin (a joint MFL and History trip)and we have strong exchange links with the Gymnasium in Ellental, in Bietigheim and with the Kant Gymnasium in Spandau.

The department actively celebrates Asian Week in the Spring Term.  This involves inviting speakers to come into Collingwood to talk about their culture (customs, national dress, cuisine, etc.) and encouraging students from other cultures to give presentations and talks.

The department contributes significantly to themed Enterprise Days across the College and also provides opportunities for students to attend language conferences at Wellington College.

Curriculum Information