Why is the study of Languages important?

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” Flora Lewis.

Learning a language opens a world of new possibilities and opportunities.  Through Languages, we promote students’ curiosity, problem solving and deepen their understanding, not only of other countries but also of their own identity and culture.  It prompts them to question what is “normal” and provides them with the ability to embrace the fact that the world is a rich and diverse place filled with different customs, perspectives, history, arts, literature and ways of communicating. In addition, the study of another language builds students’ communication and literacy skills and prepares them for a globalised world of work.

Whilst studying a language at Sirius Academy you will find out how young people’s lives are different in the target language countries, not just France, Germany and Spain.  In lessons, there will be a variety of tasks for you to practise your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The key to language learning is understanding and communication.  At Sirius Academy, language lessons will provide you with the tools and skills to do this, through fun and engaging activities to help you learn, recall and apply vocabulary and grammar. When learning Languages you will be encouraged to think deeply, use logic, reasoning and problem solving skills, all skills that universities and employers are looking for. 

What will the study of Languages teach you?

As global citizens, students need to be able to communicate effectively with people from other backgrounds and cultures.  You will explore a wide range of topics that will add to your understanding of the language and the culture. In order to facilitate this in Languages we will teach you to:

  • Develop resilience and self-determination
  • Develop the ability to work outside what is comfortable and familiar.
  • Develop your recall skills
  • Learn to express opinions and thoughts in a clear, accurate and organised way
  • Show an understanding of spoken and written word, identifying key points
  • Understand how language works and enrich your vocabulary in order to become more independent and understand language in a range of contexts
  • Develop language-learning skills both for use now and to prepare you for further language study and use in education, employment or for exploring the world

How does the study of Languages support your study in other subjects?

Throughout your language learning experience at Sirius Academy you will use and develop skills and knowledge from a wide range of other subjects from developing literacy skills, or studying film, literature and music to discovering the festivals and customs in the target language.  At KS4 and KS5 students discuss global and social issues.  Problem solving, thinking skills, expressing opinions and developing arguments are skills that are integral to language learning and can be applied to all other subjects. 

Key assessment objectives

At Sirius Academy students are assessed throughout each year, using the assessment objectives below. The assessments ensure that you can continually build your subject knowledge and understanding in preparation for GCSE and A-Level courses or for use outside of education when travelling or working abroad. Students are assessed periodically, their progress and attainment mapped to determine if they are on track to reach their targets at the end of each key stage.  These targets are set from KS2 outcomes and are aspirational to encourage students to achieve the best possible outcomes for their ability.

  • Listening and understanding in the target language
  • Speaking in the target language
  • Reading and understanding in the target language
  • Writing in the target language

How can the study of Languages support you in the future?

We hope that students would wish to continue their language studies to GCSE or A-Level and then on to University, where Languages can be studied as stand-alone subjects or alongside a wide range of others including Law, Politics, Science, History and English.  Whether or not students decide to continue to study Languages they will have gained many transferable skills and been encouraged to look at and examine the world beyond their own and understand their culture and language better too.


Overview of the KS3 and KS4 courses for French, German and Spanish

Scroll right / left on the table below to view all years.

Modern Foreign Languages (French)

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

HT1

Introductions (Part 1)

  • Name & Alphabet
  • Age – Numbers up to 100
  • Birthday – months & days
  • School bag
  • Colours
  • Where I live

 

Media

  • Television
  • Cinema
  • Reading
  • Social media
  • What I did last night
  • Expressing preference

 

Social Media

  • Facebook – pros & cons
  • Opinions about others
  • Arranging to go out
  • Describing a date
  • Describing a music event

 

Who am I?

  • Complex descriptions
  • Family relationships
  • Arranging a night out
  • Describing a night out
  • When I was young
  • My role model

Work

  • My choices
  • Future plans
  • The importance of languages
  • Applying for jobs
  • Work experience

HT2

 

Introductions (Part 2)

  • Likes and dislikes
  • Family
  • Hair and eye colour
  • Physical descriptions
  • Describing personality
  • Describing others
  • Christmas

 

Where I live

  • Describing where I live
  • Comparing where I live
  • Describing my home
  • Prepositions
  • Meals
  • La Chandeleur
  • Buying food
  • What I have to do

 

Fit and Healthy

  • The body
  • Sports
  • Healthy Eating
  • Getting fit

 

Free Time

  • Sports
  • My life online
  • Books and reading
  • Television
  • Cinema

 

Global Issues

  • World problems
  • Protecting the environment
  • Ethical shopping
  • Volunteer work
  • Big events

HT3

School

  • School subjects
  • Opinions and reasons
  • Time
  • School day – connectives & time phrases.
  • School dinners
  • School in other countries

Paris

  • What I did in Paris
  • My opinions about Paris
  • Describing a tour of Paris
  • Asking questions in the past
  • Carnaval!

 

My future

  • My career
  • Learning a language
  • How I used to be
  • What will my life be like?
  • My first job

 

Daily life and celebrations

  • My daily life
  • Special occasions
  • Tu and vous
  • Family celebrations

 

Exam skills

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Translation
  • Speaking

HT4

My spare time

  • Computers and mobiles
  • Sports I play
  • Activities I do
  • Weather
  • Higher level opinions

 

My identity

  • Describing my personality
  • Talking about relationships with friends and family
  • Talking about music
  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • My passion

 

Holidays

  • Discussing holidays
  • Adventure holidays
  • In my suitcase
  • A disastrous holiday
  • Visiting tourist attractions

My town

  • Describing a region
  • My town
  • Planning visits
  • Weather
  • Helping my community

Exam Preparation

  • Listening skills
  • Reading skills
  • Speaking exam preparation
  • Writing skills

HT5

My Town

  • What’s in my town
  • Directions
  • Where I go in town
  • Invitations
  • Things to do in my town

 

Talent Show!

  • What’s my talent?
  • What you can and must do
  • Do this, don’t do that!
  • Who’s the best?
  • The winner is…

 

The World and Me

  • What I’m allowed to do
  • What I buy
  • What makes me happy is…

 

My ideal holiday

  • Hotel reviews
  • My dream holiday
  • In a restaurant
  • My travels
  • Buying souvenirs
  • A holiday disaster

External examinations

HT6

Holidays

  • Names of countries
  • Holiday destinations
  • Holiday activities
  • Buying drinks and snacks
  • Holiday plans and the near future tense
  • My dream holiday

 

France Culture

  • The francophone world
  • The French revolution
  • Les Choristes

 

 

Francophone Culture

  • Kirikou et la Sorcière
  • La fête de la musique

School

  • Describing my school
  • Comparing schools
  • School rules
  • A school exchange

 


Modern Foreign Languages (German)

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

HT1

Introductions

  • Classroom Talk / Target language use
  • Name & Alphabet
  • Where I live - wohnen
  • Age – No’s up to 100
  • Birthday – months & days
  • Favourite things
  • Family – verb to have

Ich liebe Ferien

  • My town past and present
  • Past holiday activities (regular)
  • Travelling (past irregular)
  • Weather – wenn sentences

 

Mein Vorbild

  • Present tense – my role model
  • Perfect tense – past experience
  • Imperative – body parts
  • Irregular perfect tense – overcoming difficulties
  • Using a range of tenses – why/how does your role model inspires you

Schule

  • School subjects and uniform
  • Past school experiences
  • The new school year
  • School day
  • School rules
  • German school system
  • School trips

 

Work and  employment

  • Jobs and places of work
  • Activities at work
  • Job descriptions
  • CVs and applications
  • Dream job
  • Role of languages

 

HT2

 

Introductions (Part 2)

  • Character – verb to be plus adjectives
  • Hair colour
  • Eye colour
  • Physical descriptions
  • Other people
  • Pets
  • Christmas

 

Medien

  • Cinema and types of films
  • Tv programmes + likes/dislikes
  • Reading  / types of reading material
  • Using technology
  • Learning languages

 

Musik

  • Types of music- opinions and adjectives
  • My experience with playing/singing – “seit”
  • Describing and giving opinions on bands – comparatives
  • At the music festival – separable verbs in the perfect ten

Free time

  • General leisure activities
  • Reading habits
  • Discussing music
  • Film and TV
  • Sports
  • Celebrations and festivals

The world around us

  • International festivals and events
  • Olympics
  • Eurovision
  • Environmental campaigns
  • Charity

 

HT3

Freizeit

  • Ball sports
  • Non-Ball sports
  • Free time activities –
  • Expressions of frequency
  • Weather & activities
  • Online activities
  • Friends and relationships / penfriends

Food

  • Breakfast
  • More food and mealtimes
  • Eating out
  • Buying food
  • Cooking and recipes

 

 

 

Meine Ambitionen

  • Crazy ambitions – conditional
  • Types of jobs and motivation – “um…zu…”
  • Future jobs – conditional
  • Describing a summer job – places and prepositions – auf/an
  • Listening skills – sifferent types of media/messages

Relationships

  • Friendship
  • Relationships
  • Weekend activities
  • Role models
  • Comparing past and present

 

Exam skills

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Translation
  • Speaking

HT4

 

School

  • Introduction to school in Germany
  • School subjects
  • Opinions likes dislikes and justifications
  • Time
  • School day – connectives & time phrases

Healthy eating

  • Healthy eating
  • What I ate yesterday
  • Keeping fit (man muss / soll)
  • Healthy lifestyle and resolutions ( um…zu)

 

Meine Kindheit

  • Describing my childhood – using “als”=”when”
  • Activities in my childhood - the imperfect tense of modal verbs
  • Comparing the school life – using the superlative
  • Reading skills – the imperfect tense

At Home

  • Describing your house
  • Eating and drinking
  • Participating in an exchange
  • My typical day
  • New technologies

 

Exam Preparation

  • Listening skills
  • Reading skills
  • Speaking exam preparation
  • Writing skills

HT5

Schule

  • Describing teachers
  • Describing favourite days
  • My dream school   + future conditional

 

Auf Klassenfahrt

  • Staying in a Youth hostel
  • Rules and modal verbs
  • Daily routine and reflexive/separable verbs
  • Time

 

Developing writing skills

  • Analysing fairy tales
  • Writing tools
  • Imperfect tense – modals/regulars and irregulars
  • Creative writing – a fairy tale

City tours

  • Planning the holiday
  • Travel and accommodation
  • Directions
  • Local specialities
  • Shopping

External examinations

HT6

In der Stadt

  • Type of town and places in town ( es gibt)
  • Going shopping
  • Buying snacks and drinks / ordering food
  • prices
  • Holiday activities
  • Future Tense

Auf Klassenfahrt 2

  • Understanding and giving directions - imperative
  • Going to a festival  + adjectival endings
  • What to wear
  • Cultural celebrations in Germany

Rechte und Pflichten

  • Age limits – generalisations
  • Young people’s priorities
  • Life – past and present
  • Making the world a better place – “um…zu…”
  • Environment

Holiday

  • Holiday destinations
  • Weather
  • Types of holidays
  • Describing a past holiday
  • Dream holiday
  • Advantages/disadvantages of a town

 


Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish)

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

HT1

Introductions

  • Name and greetings
  • Pencil case
  • Colours
  • Classroom language
  • Numbers to 12 and age
  • Numbers to 31 and birthday
  • Día de Muertos festivals

Holidays

  • A past holiday using IR
  • Preterite of AR verbs
  • Preterite of ER/IR verbs
  • Using ser with opinions
  • Conversation about holidays
  • Research a holiday destination

Things I like

  • Regular verbs in the present tense
  • Irregular verbs in the present tense
  • Planning a film to watch
  • A birthday in the past
  • Famous people
  • Listening for inference
  • Famous people

Theme: Local area, holiday and travel.

  • Holidays and weather
  • Summer plans
  • Holiday preferences
  • A past holiday
  • Accommodation
  • Booking a room
  • Holiday problems

Theme: Future aspirations study and work.

  • Jobs and career choices
  • Earning money
  • Work experience
  • Importance of learning a language
  • Applying for a summer job
  • A gap year
  • Future plans

HT2

 

Free Time

  • Me gusta + AR infinitives
  • Present tense of AR verbs
  • Weather
  • Using cognates, near cognates and context
  • Christmas
  • Reyes Magos

My Life

  • My phone is my life
  • My favourite music
  • Comparing TV programmes
  • Lifestyles in different cultures
  • Describing yesterday
  • Christmas across the Hispanic world

Things I like

  • A film review – el sueño de Ivan

Work

  • A part time job
  • Opinions of jobs
  • Dream job
  • Future aspirations
  • A typical day at work
  • Dictionary skills
  • A day of life of

Theme: School.

  • Opinions on school subjects
  • The school day
  • Talking about subjects and teachers
  • Describing school
  • School rules and problems
  • Planning a school exchange
  • Successes and achievements

Theme: International and global dimension.

  • Describing types of houses
  • Healthy eating
  • Global issues
  • Local actions
  • International sporting events
  • Natural disasters

HT3

Free Time

  • Question words
  • Sequencers – my weekend
  • Extended writing

School

  • School in Spain
  • School subjects
  • Opinions and school subjects
  • Describing school

Food

  • Opinions of food
  • Breakfast
  • Time
  • Meal times
  • Ordering food
  • Using 2 tenses
  • Planning a party

 

Healthy Lifestyle

  • Food and drink
  • Healthy diet
  • Talking about an active lifestyle
  • Daily routine
  • Talking about getting fit
  • Illness and problems
  • Talking about health and fitness using 3 tenses

 

Theme: Identity and Culture.

  • Socialising and family
  • Describing people
  • Social networks
  • Making arrangements
  • Reading preferences

Revision and exam style practice which will include listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation on all of the themes taught.

HT4

School

  • Talking about break time
  • Opinions of school
  • Expressing preferences
  • Extending written responses

 

Food

  • The near future tense
  • Using 3 tenses
  • Food around the world
  • The worst meal

 

Arranging to go out

  • Invitations
  • Excuses

An adventure in Madrid

  • Meeting and greeting
  • An exchange visit
  • Making yourself understood
  • A tour of Madrid
  • In the souvenir shop
  • Planning and excursion
  • The simple future

 

Theme: Identity and Culture.

  • Free time activities
  • TV programmes and films
  • What you usually do
  • Problems in a town
  • Sports
  • What’s trending
  • Entertainment
  • Role models

Revision and exam style practice which will include listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation on all of the themes taught.

HT5

Family and friends

  • Introducing family
  • Hair and eye colour
  • Appearance
  • Personality
  • My house
  • The Favelas

Arranging to go out

  • Clothes
  • The near future tense
  • A sporting event
  • Practising 3 tenses
  • Talking about a problem

 

 

An adventure in Madrid

  • Exploring Madrid
  • A presentation on a Spanish/Hispanic city

 

Young people

  • The rights of the child
  • Fair Trade
  • Recycling

Theme: Local area, holiday and travel; Identity and Culture.

  • Places in town
  • Shopping
  • Describing a region
  • Making plans
  • Shopping for presents
  • Problems in town
  • A past visit

Revision and exam style practice which will include listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation on all of the themes taught.

HT6

My Town

  • Describing Town
  • Telling the time
  • Spending time in Town
  • Ordering in a café
  • Planning my weekend
  • Opinions of Town
  • Life in Havana

Summer

  • Destinations
  • Accommodation
  • Using se puede with infinitives
  • Directions
  • Summer camp
  • Listening for 3 tenses

 

Young people

  • Changes in a Town
  • The imperfect tense
  • Fundraising
  • World issues
  • Film

Theme: Identity and Culture

  • Describing mealtimes
  • Illness and injury
  • Typical foods
  • Comparing festivals
  • A special day
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • A music festival

Revision and exam style practice which will include listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation on all of the themes taught.


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