‘The limits of my language mean the limits of my world’- Ludwig Wittgenstein
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. At St Thomas More we aim to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world through high-quality languages education. MFL lessons enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. Additionally, they provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. As a British Council accredited ‘International School’ our dedication to moulding our students into responsible global citizens underpins our curriculum.
Key Stage 3
At St. Thomas More all students study both French and Spanish in year 7. When in year 8 they have the option either to continue studying both languages or to focus on one. As well as French and Spanish, we also offer the opportunity to begin learning German and Latin as extra-curricular subjects.
At Key Stage Three, pupils develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. Students will be able to understand and communicate personal and factual information, and develop and justify points of view in speech and writing with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. Students will also develop translation skills with the aim of being able to translate short written texts accurately into the foreign language.
Topics studied at KS3 include:
o Personal description
o Local area
o Healthy lifestyle
o Francophone culture
Key Stage 4
All students study a language at Key Stage Four following the AQA GCSE specification. The study of a language to GCSE level forms part of the English Baccalaureate, and allows students to begin develop skills which will empower them to work or study abroad, learn further new languages and deepen their understanding and appreciation of other cultures. The new GCSE specification requires students to sit exams in reading and translation, speaking writing and listening at the end of year 11.
By the end of Key Stage Four, students will have mastered a range of grammatical structures and studied three main themes, which are:
o Identity and culture
o Local, national, international and global areas of interest
o Current and future study and employment
Students that have studied Latin and German at KS3 have the option to take an additional GCSE in these subjects and where possible we also offer students the opportunity to complete a GCSE in their home language.
Links to exam specifications
AQA French- http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658
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