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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
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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%)

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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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