KS3 Course Content
In Year 7 students build upon the linguistic skills that have been developing at primary level and work in four key skill areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. They look at a variety of topics such as family, hobbies and interests and we promote cultural awareness. This first year is about laying the foundations for independent learners who will be willing to take risks when using the target language, as well as embedding what like to call ‘incredible language’ which helps students to add variety and complexity to their work. Although we loosely follow expo 1 / echo 1 textbook, we prefer a non-textbook approach which aids us to challenge the students and make the learning more creative and engaging.
In Year 8 students follow project based learning. This allows us to discover more about the culture, as well as the language. We have found the projects hugely successful with teachers and students, and they allow us to encourage use of further complex language and structures. These projects include:
- Geography – where students work to understand the Geography of the country that they are studying, landmarks etc. We also look in this unit at like in the country compared to ours.
- History – In German, we look at the life of Anne Frank and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. In French we look at the French Revolution.
- Health – looking at illnesses, sporting preferences and healthy eating. In this module we also go into the cooking room to try our hand at cooking some typical dishes from the country.
- Sports – discussing sports that we like / dislike and why, even talking about extreme sports we would and would not try.
- Music and Film – always a favourite with the students. We study the music and film of the country, with the opportunity to write a film review.
Assessment: assessment is done through focused targets for each half term, for which we use ‘doddle’. We use a combination of assessment for learning and more ‘controlled’ assessments.