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Higham Lane School

Higham Lane School

Modern Foreign Languages

In Modern Foreign Languages, we aim to promote an enjoyment in language learning and an interest in finding out about different countries and cultures.

In Key Stage 3, pupils can study French with German or Spanish in Year 8, and in Year 7 our students have the choice of studying either French or German in their time at HLS.

In Key Stage 4, many students opt to study a GCSE in a modern foreign language in French, German or Spanish.

In Key Stage 5, we offer A-levels in French and Spanish.

Extra-curricular activities include sessions at lunch to support Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students with their studies. We also offer a residential to both France (Paris) and Germany (Munich) for Year 7-9 students who are currently studying either German or French in order to enable students to gain real world experience of their chosen language.

Year 7 Curriculum

In Year 7, students studying French will be studying a combination of Access Studio and Studio 1 courses. They will look at the basics of the language including greetings, animals, colours, likes and dislikes, to name but a few, to give them a good grounding in the language on which to build further knowledge. After half-term, units include: how to describe yourself and others, talking about your school, free time interests and your town.

Students studying German will be studying the Stimt 1 course. They will look at the basics of the language including greetings, animals, colours, likes and dislikes, to name but a few, to give them a good grounding in the language on which to build further knowledge. After half-term, units include: how to describe yourself and others, talking about your school, free time interests and your holidays.

Year 8 Curriculum

In Year 8, students studying French will be studying a combination of Studio 2 and Studio 3 courses to give them the best grounding in the use of tenses and complicated language to enable them to better succeed in their GCSE years. Units of study include: various media preferences, holidays (with a particular focus on Paris) and Healthy lifestyles.

In Year 8, students studying German will be studying a combination of Stimt 2 course to give them the best grounding in the use of tenses and complicated language to enable them to better succeed in their GCSE years. Units of study include: town, various media preferences, healthy eating with a focus on festivals and carnivals and clothing.

In Year 8, students studying Spanish will be studying the Viva 2 course to give them the best grounding in the use of tenses and the ability to hold a conversation in Spain. Units of study include: holidays, various media preferences, food, free time and town.

Year 9 Curriculum

In Year 9, students studying French will begin studying the Studio GCSE course (Edexcel exam board) which allows them to begin to access the complicated language in more depth which they will later need to achieve excellent results in their GCSE exams at the end of Year 11. Students will continue their training of the different elements of the GCSE course in order to achieve their potential. They will have a weekly vocabulary quiz based on the vocabulary which has been provided by the exam board to students.  Units of study include: personal information, free time activities and holidays/festivals.

In Year 9, students studying German will study the Stimt 3 course which allows them to consolidate their Key Stage 3 learning and introduce the complicated language which they will later need to achieve excellent results in their GCSE exams at the end of Year 11. Students will continue their training of the different elements of the GCSE course in order to achieve their potential. They will have a weekly vocabulary quiz based on the vocabulary which has been provided by the exam board to students. Units of study include: who am I?, individual music tastes linked culturally with Germany, work/ambitions and talking about your school.

Year 10 Curriculum

In Year 10, students studying French will continue studying the Studio GCSE course (Edexcel exam board) which allows them to access the complicated language in more depth which they will later need to achieve excellent results in their GCSE exams at the end of Year 11. In Year 10, students will continue their training of the different elements of the GCSE course in order to achieve their potential. They will have a weekly vocabulary quiz based on the vocabulary which has been provided by the exam board to students. Units of study include: my town, holidays and school.

In Year 10, students studying German will begin studying the Stimt GCSE course (Edexcel exam board) which allows students to access the complicated language in more depth which they will later need to achieve excellent results in their GCSE exams at the end of year 11. In Year 10, students will continue their training of the different elements of the GCSE course in order to achieve their potential. They will have a weekly vocabulary quiz based on the vocabulary which has been provided by the exam board to students. Units of study include: free time activities, personal identity, youth culture, holidays and travel.

In year 10, students studying Spanish will continue studying the Viva GCSE course (Edexcel exam board) which allows students to access the complicated language in more depth which they will later need to achieve excellent results in their GCSE exams at the end of Year 11. Students will continue their training of the different elements of the GCSE course in order to achieve their potential. They will have a weekly vocabulary quiz based on the vocabulary which has been provided by the exam board to students. Units of study include: personal information, free time and my town.

Year 11 Curriculum

In Year 11, students studying French will continue studying the Studio GCSE course (Edexcel exam board) which allows students to access the complicated language in more depth which they will later need to achieve excellent results in their GCSE exams at the end of the year. Students will continue their training of the different elements of the GCSE course in order to achieve their potential. They will have a weekly vocabulary quiz based on the vocabulary which has been provided by the exam board to students. They will also sit four exams in Listening, Reading and Writing, which normally take place around mid-May, and a Speaking exam, which normally takes place around Easter each year. Units of study include: work/work experience and the environment as well as a lengthy period of revision and practice prior to their end of year exams.

In Year 11, students studying German will continue studying the Stimt GCSE course (Edexcel exam board) which allows students to access the complicated language in more depth which they will later need to achieve excellent results in their GCSE exams at the end of the year. Students will continue their training of the different elements of the GCSE course in order to achieve their potential. They will have a weekly vocabulary quiz based on the vocabulary which has been provided by the exam board to students. They will also sit fpur exams in Listening, Reading and Writing, which normally take place around June, and a Speaking exam, which normally takes place around Easter each year. Units of study include: holidays, my town, work/work experience and the environment as well as a lengthy period of revision and practice prior to their end of year exams.

In Year 11, students studying Spanish will continue studying the Viva GCSE course (Edexcel exam board) which allows students to access the complicated language in more depth which they will later need to achieve excellent results in their GCSE exams at the end of the year. Students will continue their training of the different elements of the GCSE course in order to achieve their potential. They will have a weekly vocabulary quiz based on the vocabulary which has been provided by the exam board to students. They will also sit four exams in Listening, Reading and Writing, which normally take place around mid-May, and a Speaking exam, which normally takes place around Easter each year. Units of study include: daily routine, work/work experience and the environment as well as a lengthy period of revision and practice prior to their end of year exams.

Year 12 Curriculum

In Year 12, students studying French will be studying their A-level using the WJEC exam board and a combination of the AQA and Elan coursebooks. This allows students to access the various elements of the course which they will later need to achieve excellent results in their A-level exams at the end of Year 13. Students will study the full A-level course at Higham Lane Sixth Form, sitting their final exams in the summer of Year 13. Units of study include:

The area you live in and speaking about yourself.

  • Regional culture and heritage in France, French speaking countries and communities.
  •  France, Canada and Switzerland and Les Domtoms in a European context,  Literature, art, film and music in the French-speaking world.
  • Youth trends, issues and personal identity.
  • Employment and education.
  • Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships/relationships, citizenship.
  • Study of 'Les Choristes' film.

Year 13 Curriculum

In Year 13, students studying French will be studying their A-level using the WJEC exam board and a combination of the AQA and Elan coursebooks. This allows students to access the various elements of the course which they will later need to achieve excellent results in their A-level exams at the end of Year 13. Students will study the full A-level course at Higham Lane Sixth Form, sitting their final exams in the summer of Year 13. Units of study include:

  • June 1940-May 1945, Life in occupied France, The French resistance.
  • Cultural dimension in occupied France, The political context of theatre and drama productions.
  • 1945-1950 Rebuilding and restructuring society in post-war years.
  • Oral exam Independent research project preparation time.
  • Migration and integration: Reason for migration, factors which make migration/integration easy/difficult.
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference: The positive aspect of a diverse society.
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation: reasons for marginalisation; ways to eliminate marginalisation.
  • Discrimination and diversity: Life for those who are discriminated against.
  • Study of the book “No et Moi” by Delphine de Vigan.

In Year 13, students studying Spanish will be studying their A-level using the WJEC exam board and the AQA coursebooks. This allows students to access the various elements of the course which they will later need to achieve excellent results in their A-level exams at the end of Year 13. Students will study the full A-level course at Higham Lane Sixth Form, sitting their final exams in the summer of Year 13. Units of study include:

  • The two Spains: 1936 onwards.
  • Oral exam Independent research project preparation.
  • Study of the book “como agua para chocolate” by Laura Esquivel (1989).
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference: The positive aspect of a diverse society.
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation: reasons for marginalisation; ways to eliminate marginalisation.
  • Discrimination and diversity: life for those who are discriminated against.
  • Migration and integration: reason for migration, factors which make migration/integration easy/difficult.

AMANDA HAMPTON, Acting Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages