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Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Department: Mrs M Collado-Canas

Three modern foreign languages are taught at Cambourne Village Colllege. In Year 7, all pupils learn Spanish. From Year 8, we increase our language offer to include French and German. 

French

German

Spanish

Year 7

Spanish is a great language to learn and Year 7 pupils have amazing opportunities provided at Cambourne Village College. Early in the first term is the Spanglovision competition when each tutor group learns and performs a song in Spanish. There will also be an immersion trip to the town of Zaragoza in north-east of Spain in May of Year 7. pupils also love the Spanish Spelling Bee which is now a national competition. Welcome to the wonderful world of language learning at CVC!

Half term

Course Content: Knowledge and Skills

Assessment : Key pieces and dates

1

Learning song for Spanglovision competition; Spanish textual analysis, alphabet, personality, pets

Regular vocabulary tests

2

Free time: present tense regular AR verbs, revision of the weather, talking about sports, giving opinions

Regular vocabulary tests

Assessments in November in speaking, reading and writing based on topics covered in half terms 1 and 2

3

School subjects; opinions; telling the time; timetable; transport; school day

Regular vocabulary tests

4

Talking about your family (physical description) and animals; adjective endings; the verb ‘tener’ (to have)

Regular vocabulary tests

Assessments in February on the topic of school and family

5

My town; describing town; using the verb “ir” in the present tense; talking about what you do and future plans

Regular vocabulary tests

6

End of year assessments

Spanish History unit

Assessments around May half-term in listening, reading, speaking and writing based on topics covered in Year 7

Groupings

Pupils are taught in their tutor group from September to the Christmas holidays. Based on the Winter assessments, classwork, homework and the teacher assessment, pupils are then regrouped. There will be 4 teaching groups in each year half (X and Y). The groups are reviewed regularly based on pupils’ classwork and homework, assessment results and teacher assessment.

Homework Information

There is no homework timetable in Spanish. Pupils are set a variety of homework activities as and when it is deemed appropriate and relevant by the class teacher. Some weeks short, consolidation tasks are set such as reading comprehensions or grammar activities. These may be expected to be completed from one lesson to the next. Pupils are usually given one week for vocabulary learning and written homework. For most pupils this will average half an hour per week.

Extended Study Information

There are many online resources which your child can access to improve further their Spanish. The advantage of these is that they offer immediate feedback to the learner. The main websites that pupils will be familiar with are www.linguascope.co.uk and www.pearsonactivelearn.com. Class teachers will provide pupils with login information.

Pupils are also encouraged to revise vocabulary that they have met on a regular basis to make sure it stays in their long-term memory. They can also research further vocabulary on the topics met in class and vocabulary in areas of their own, personal interests.

Equipment

A pencil, rubber, ruler, glue, a green pen and a couple of blue or black writing pens are always essential in every Spanish lesson. Pupils should also make sure they bring their vocabulary/grammar booklet to every class. Pupils may find that their own set of highlighters may be useful, but these are not compulsory. There are dictionaries in each classroom but their own dictionary may be useful as well.

Visits / Extra-Curricular opportunities

There will be a trip to the town of Zaragoza in the north-east of Spain in May. Pupils stay in a hotel and do day trips as well as meet and work with Spanish secondary school pupils in the local school.

Pupils also have the opportunity to take part in Spanish club and Spelling Bee club, both of which run at lunchtimes.

Visits / Extra-Curricular opportunities

There will be a trip to the town of Zaragoza in the north of Spain in May. Pupils stay in a hotel and do day trips as well as meet and work with Spanish secondary school pupils in the local school.

Pupils also have the opportunity to take part in Spanish club and Spelling Bee club, both of which run at lunchtimes.