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The Languages Department. Mrs L.A. Palmer – Head of Department Mr D.A. Provis Mrs S. Price (maternity leave, Mr L de Rose standing-in) All members of staff teach both languages. Languages Taught. Fairfield offers Spanish starting in Year 7 and some pupils will start French in Year 8

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The languages department

The Languages Department

  • Mrs L.A. Palmer – Head of Department

  • Mr D.A. Provis

  • Mrs S. Price (maternity leave,

  • Mr L de Rose standing-in)

  • All members of staff teach both languages


Languages taught

Languages Taught

  • Fairfield offers Spanish starting in Year 7 and some pupils will start French in Year 8

  • Year 7 are taught in mixed ability groups, some setting takes place in Years 8 & 9 and KS4


Examination boards

Examination Boards

  • Fairfield uses AQA as their examining board for Spanish & French

  • Please follow the link below for additional information about AQA:

  • www.aqa.org.uk


Assessment

Assessment

  • Assessment is conducted in both subjects through ongoing formative and summative assessment. This includes:

  • Vocabulary Tests

  • End of Unit Tests

  • End of Year Assessment

  • Mock exams in Years 10 & 11


Gcse assessment

GCSE Assessment

  • Assessment is broken down into the four key skills, with the following weighting (from 2011):

  • Reading – 20%

  • Listening – 20%

  • Writing – 30%

  • Speaking – 30%


Course textbooks

Course Textbooks:

  • French:

  • Year 8 – “Clic Plus” – Pupils are provided with a textbook in class and their own workbook:

  • www.amazon.co.uk


Course textbooks continued

Course Textbooks Continued

  • French:

  • Year 9 – “Clic 2” – Pupils are provided with a textbook in class


Course textbooks continued1

Course Textbooks Continued

  • French:

  • Year 9 – “Clic 2 & 3” – Pupils are provided with a textbook in class


Course textbooks continued2

Course Textbooks Continued

  • French

  • Year 10 & 11 – “OUP GCSE French” – Textbooks are provided and pupils are able to take these home with them


Course textbooks continued3

Course Textbooks Continued

  • Spanish

  • Year 7,8 & 9 – Amigos 1, 2 & 3 – Pupils are provided with a textbook in class

  • Year 10 – Amigos 2 & 3 – Pupils are provided with a textbook

  • Year 11 - Listos 3 / OUP GCSE Spanish – Pupils are provided with a textbook


Additional resources

Additional Resources

  • The department uses various materials in class including other textbooks, video, DVD, dictionaries and appropriate ICT.

  • Each classroom is equipped with up to date technology


Gcse results 2009

GCSE Results 2009

  • French GCSE (OCR Exam Board):

    A*-C: 22 out of 25 candidates (88%)

  • Spanish GCSE (AQA Exam Board)

    A*-C: 21 out of 25 candidates (84%)

  • French GCSE Year 10 (OCR Exam Board):

    A*-C: 12 out of 12 candidates (100%)


The languages department

Extra-curricular activities

  • Fairfield runs a Spanish exchange in Year 11 with their partner school IES Pedro de Luna, in Zaragoza, Spain. For photos from the 2008 exchange, see http://www.fairfield.hereford.sch.uk/Zaragoza08

  • Pupils are able to access extra reading materials that include signing up for Mary Glasgow magazine editions of “Bonjour” and “Ahora” to boost their language. Subscriptions are £5 a language and pupils will receive 6 copies of the magazine for each language


Extra curricular activities continued

Extra-curricular activities Continued

  • We regularly encourage pen pal exchanges

  • Spanish language assistant

  • Webcam meetings with school in Spain to develop speaking skills with native speakers

  • A new French exchange has taken place this October


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