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Our specific aims:

  • To provide a first rate education for all students whatever their needs and abilities
  • To develop the ability to use and understand languages both imaginatively and creatively;
  • To develop a deeper understanding of grammar to enable learners to manipulate better foreign languages as well as English;
  • To offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the target language country and communities;
  • To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a positive approach to other cultures and civilisations;
  • To develop students’ understanding of themselves and their own culture
  • To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation
  • To form a sound base of skills, language and attitude required for further study, work and leisure;
  • To promote skills which have a wider application such as information technology and learning skills (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing inference).

Our students are also given the opportunity to take part in an exchange programme and study visits at KS4 and KS5.

Having confident, resilient and empathetic students is one of our priorities. We encourage our students to develop their leadership skills and to be helpful citizens in our community. Therefore, this year we are very pleased to be launching the Language Leaders Programme, hoping to inspire younger learners and to enthuse them about their transition to Ashlyns School.

French

Year 7

Timeline
Y7
Topic Grammar & Skills
Autumn 1
Tout sur moi
Introduce yourself, describe yourself and other people
Birthday/ where you live/ what language you speak
Describe yourself and other people
Describe your favourite object
Present tense of regular verbs
Present tense of “avoir” and “être
Nouns and articles
Adjectives
In + countries
Memorisation strategies
Sound strategies
Ask and answer questions
Autumn 2
Mon monde perso
French speaking regions
Describe your personality
Talk about family members and friends
Give opinions of school subjects
Present tense of être (je suis, tu es)
Adjective agreement (masculine, feminine)
Possessive adjectives (mon/ma/mes, ton/ta/tes)
Connectives (mais, car, parce que)
Comparisons: plus/moins + adjective + que
Spring 1
Autour de moi
Compare yourself now with how you used to be
Talk about school and where you live
Talk about different places to live
Talk about leisure activities and personal possessions
Talk about animals and colours
Use j’ with verbs beginning with a vowel
Present tense of regular -er verbs (1st/2nd/3rd person singular)
Irregular verbs (je vais, je fais)
Adjective agreement (masculine, feminine, plural)
Present tense of avoir
Perfect tense: j’ai visité, j’ai vu
Imperfect tense: c’était
Spring 2
A Table
A table :
Talk about food
Give opinions of food and drink
How to order food in a restaurant
Understand quantities
The partitive: du/de la/de l’/des
Present tense of manger and boire (1st/2nd/3rd person singular)
Negative forms: ne … pas/jamais
Pouvoir + infinitive
Je voudrais + noun/verb
Summer 1
Mon Quartier
Understand places in town
Describe a town
Say what activities you can do at different places
Ask for and give directions
Arranging to go out
Discuss meeting places
Il y a un/une/des …, il n’y a pas de/d’…
Word order (position of adjectives)
Au/à la/à l’/aux (‘to the’, ‘at the’)
On peut + infinitive
The imperative
Au/à la/à l’/aux
Vouloir & Pouvoir (je & tu forms)
Summer 2
Ça, c’est mon truc
Mon look
Talk about clothes and say what style you like
Talk about the weather and what you wear on different occasions
Say how often you do an activity
Talk about weekend activities
Present tense of regular -er verbs (porter)
Present tense of jouer and faire
Possessive adjectives (son/sa/ses)
Reflexive verbs (se lever, se coucher)

Year 8

Timeline
Y8
Topic Grammar & Skills
Autumn 1
Destinations
Vacances
Je vais en vacances
L’essentiel pour les vacances
Mes vacances de rêve
Un Tour du monde
Present tense of -ir verbs (choisir, finir) and –re verbs
Near future tense
Je voudrais/J’aimerais + infinitive
Perfect tense with avoir
C’était …
Perfect tense of aller
Autumn 2
Bouger c’est
important
Tu aimes le sport?
Sport d’été ou sports d’hiver ?
Centre aéré ou stage sportif ?
Aie, j’ai mal !
Jouer au/à la/aux …
Faire du/de la/de l’…
Depuis + present tense
Je voudrais/J’aimerais + infinitive
Perfect tense of aller
Pouvoir+infinitive
J’ai mal à la/au/aux
Spring 1
Aux quatre coins du monde
(6 weeks)
Mon pays
Ma journée
Où-es-tu allé ?
A quelle heure tu fais des trucs ?
Comparisons: plus/moins + adjective + que
Near future
Reflexive verbs
Perfect tense with être
Spring 2
Allez 2
C’est quoi la
France ?
On est différents ?
Quelques Français célèbres
La BD, culture française ?
Present tense
Use on
Comparatives and superlatives
Perfect tense (revision)
Use qui to link sentences
Summer 1
Le monde des médias

La télé, ma réalité!
La musique, ma muse
Le ciné, ma passion !
Publicité ou duplicité ?
Direct object pronouns: le, la, les 
Faire + infinitive and rendre + adjective
Ce que
Give opinions using the perfect and imperfect tenses
Faire + infinitive
Summer 2
Accro à la technologie ?

Alors, quoi de neuf?
La technologie: juste pour s’amuser?
Pour ou contre la technologie ?
Le meilleur gadget ?
Adjectives (agreement and position)
Verb + preposition + infinitive
Structure an argument
À + definite article

Year 9

Timeline Topic  Grammar & Skills
Autumn 1
Être ado,
c’est quoi ?


Comment est-ce que je m’entends avec mes parents ? Les ados et l’argent
Les problèmes d’ados
Les conseils pour les ados
La vie, c’était mieux avant?
Direct Object Pronouns
Modal Verbs
Numbers and percentages
Imperative (tu form)
Imperfect tense
Autumn 2
En pleine forme
Tu manges bien ?
Comment vivre sainement ? Attention: danger !
Ma vie changera !
Ce sera comment ?
Imperative
Impersonal structures
The pronoun en
Perfect tense (revision)
Expressions of quantity
Future tense
Develop knowledge of the future tense
Spring 1
Rendez-vous
Alors, cette fête de fin d’année?
On pourrait sortir ?
Les festivals j’adore ! Rencontre
Near future
Conditional: on pourrait + infinitive
Perfect tense with être
Imperfect tense
Vous form (present tense)
Spring 2
Autour du monde
On voyage comment?
Pour les vacances, on réserve?
On part en vacances?
Et tes vacances, c’était comment?
Voyage dans le temps!
Negatives: ne … jamais/ni … ni …
Present tense of choisir and partir
Correct tenses with si and quand
Perfect and imperfect tenses
Use different tenses
Summer 1
Un métier,
un rêve !
Quel métier fais-tu ?
Le métier de mes rêves Grandes ambitions 
Les petits boulots !
Echec et réussite
Masculine and feminine forms of jobs
Imperfect tense and the conditional (revision)
Use different tenses together
Si clauses + imperfect tense and conditional (revision)
Quand with different tenses
Summer 2
Les Fêtes
Le ramadan
La fête de Bayonne
Le Festival de Cannes
La fête nationale
La fête de la musique
Perfect tense
Negative structures
Revision of various points from the year

Year 10

Exam Board: AQA

Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

TERM TOPIC  GRAMMAR POINTS
Autumn 1 Transition Unit
Je me présente
Revision of verb ending for past, present and future.
Grammar in action
Verb conjugation test in class
Me, my family and friends:
1. Ma famille et mes amis
2. La famille et l’amitie
3. Tu aimerais te marier
4. Seul ou en coupleTechnology in everyday life:
1. Les réseaux sociaux
2. 2. avantages et inconvénients des réseaux sociaux
3. Tu t’en souviens ?
4. Bienfaits et dangers
• Reflexive verbs
• Direct object pronouns
• The immediate future and the future tense
• Pronunciation of verb endings
• Aller, faire and other common irregular verbs
• Building your speaking and writing skills
Autumn 2 Free time activities :
1. Qu’est-ce que tu as fait ce week end ?
2. Le week end qu’est-ce que tu fais ?
3. Qu’est-ce que tu aimes manger ?
4. Que mange-t-on dans le monde ?
5. Le sport, c’est ma passion !
6. Les sports extrêmes
• Perfect tense of regular verbs
• Adding reasons to produce more complex sentences
• Verb + infinitive
• Demonstrative pronouns
• Developing sentences using quand, lorsque and si
• Using the pronouns en and y
• Structuring a debate
Preparation for speaking mock 1 – photo description
Spring 1 Customs and festivals :
1. La fête chez nous
2. La fête, c’est pour toi ?
3. La fête pour tout le monde
4. Les fêtes en famille, tu aimes ?
• Reflexive verbs in the perfect tense
• Using the perfect infinitive
• Imperfect tense of common verbs
• Using the perfect and imperfect tense together
• Developing knowledge of French speaking countries
Spring 2 Exam skills
Topic revision
Vocab revision
Y10 exam week
Summer 1 Home, town, neighbourhood and region:
1. Des maisons différentes
2. Ma maison idéale
3. Trouver ta ville jumelée idéale
4. Ma région
• Negative phrases followed by de
• The conditional of regular verbs
• Demonstrative adjectives
• Recognising possessive pronouns
• Using intensifiers
Vocab test
Summer 2 Social issues:
1. Mon travail bénévole
2. Pourquoi a-t-on besoin d’associations?
3. Mon mode de vie avant et maintenant
4. Opération « remise en forme »
• The conditional of vouloir and aimer
• Vouloir que + subjunctive
• Using questions to formulate answers
• The imperfect tense of être, avoir and faire
• Il vaut/vaudrait mieux
• Using negatives to add complexity 
Speaking mock 2 – general conversation

Year 11

Exam Board: AQA

Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

TERM TOPIC  GRAMMAR POINTS
Autumn 1 Global issues :
5. Les problèmes de l’environnement
6. Planète en danger
7. Les inégalités
8. La pauvreté
• Using si + present tense
• Recognising and using the pluperfect tense
• Exam skills: tackling “Positive, Negative or Positive + Negative” tasks
• Verbs of possibility
• The subjunctive 
Autumn 2 Travel and Tourism :1. Moi, je préfère
2. Quelles vacances !
3. Découverte de la France
4. Les vacances en ville
• Sequencing words and phrases
• Paraphrasing
• Revision: using the perfect and imperfect together
• Using three time frames, past, present and future 
 Preparation for trial exams
Spring 1 1. La journée scolaire
2. Des écoles différentes
3. Le règlement scolaire
4. Améliorer son école 
• Revision of using the perfect tense of regular –er verbs
• Emphatic pronouns
• Adverbs of time and place
• Revision of the perfect tense of –ir and –re verbs
• Revision of the perfect tense of irregular verbs
• Revision of the perfect tense with être
• Revision of using pouvoir, vouloir and devoir
• Revision of il faut
• Revision of the conditional
• Time phrases 
Spring 2 1. L’orientation
2. Université ou apprentissage?
3. Comment obtenir un emploi
4. Métiers: les avantages et les inconvénients 
• Revision of si clauses in the present tense
• Si clauses with the future tense
• Using quand clauses with the future tense
• Two-verb structures
• The passive voice in the present tense
• Revision of comparatives and superlatives
• Avoiding the passive
• Recognising the passive in the past and the future
 Preparation for speaking assessment
Summer Term  Revision and preparation for the examination

A Level

Course Overview

Exam Board
Edexcel
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/French-2016.html

Subject Content

There are 4 themes that make up the full French A Level. Each theme contains 3 subtopics. Each teacher will teach 1 theme per year. In addition, students study a French-language film in the first year, and a French-language literary text in the second year.

  TOPICS SUBTOPICS
Y12 Mrs Manns  Les changements dans la société française
  • Les changements dans les structures familiales
  • Education
  • Le monde du travail 
Y12 Mr Shaw  Culture politique et artistique dans les pays francophones
  • La musique
  • Les medias
  • Les festivals et les traditions 
Y13 Mrs Manns  Immigration et société multiculturelle française
  • L’impact positif de l’immigration sur la société française
  • Répondre aux défis de l’immigration et l’intégration en France
  • L’extrême droite
Y13 Mr Shaw  L’occupation et la résistance 
  • La France occupée
  • Le régime de Vichy
  • La résistance

 

Year 12 Year 13
Independent research project (SMA and Shaw) Independent research project (SMA and Shaw)
Film study: Les Intouchables (Shaw) Book study (SMA) Le Tartuffe par Molière

Spanish

Year 7

Timeline Topic  Content
Autumn 1 Me presento Facts about Spain and Latin America
Greetings
The alphabet
Family members
Autumn 2 Me describo Dates and birthdays
Pets and colours
Physical descriptions of people
Nationalities and languages
Spring 1 El insti School subjects and opinions
Telling the time
School facilities
School uniform and opinions
Comparisons of schools in different countries
Spring 2 Mi Semana The weather
Free time activities
Daily routine
Summer 1 Donde vivo yo Saying where you live
Understanding and giving directions
Rooms of the house
Describing your bedroom
Giving opinions on the area you live in
Summer 2 Me gusta comer Food
Saying what you eat at different mealtimes
Giving opinions on food
Describing healthy and unhealthy food
Asking for food in cafés
Discussing different types of food

Year 8

Timeline Topic  Content
Autumn 1 Las Vacaciones Holidays
Modes of transport
Accommodation
Hotel facilities
Making a reservation
Holiday activities
Autumn 2 ¿Lo pasaste bien? What people can/can’t do in your area
What the weather was like in the past
What free time activities you did in the past
Describing past holidays
Spring 1 La vida tecno Media-based activities
TV viewing preferences and opinions
Film viewing preferences and reasons
Describing films
Advantages and disadvantages of different types of media.
Spring 2 Conocer personas nuevas Meeting new people
Saying how you feel
Getting along with friends and family
Invitations and arrangements to go out
Buying cinema tickets
Making excuses
Summer 1 Hospedarse en España The Spanish way of life
Differences in daily routine
Helping around the house
Cultural differences: mealtimes
Cooking a typical dish
Where you live and what there is
Summer 2 La moda Talking about clothes with opinions
Different styles and eras of fashion
Different places to buy clothes
Describing clothes worn for different occasions and activities

Year 9

Timeline   Topic
Autumn 1 Las vacaciones Holidays
Modes of transport
Accommodation
Hotel facilities
Making a reservation
Holiday activities
Autumn 2 ¿Lo pasaste bien? What people can/can’t do in your area
What the weather was like in the past
What free time activities you did in the past
Describing past holidays
Spring 1 La vida tecno Media-based activities
TV viewing preferences and opinions
Film viewing preferences and reasons
Describing films
Advantages and disadvantages of different types of media.
Spring 2 Conocer personas nuevas Meeting new people
Saying how you feel
Getting along with friends and family
Invitations and arrangements to go out
Buying cinema tickets
Making excuses
Summer 1 Hospedarse en España The Spanish way of life
Differences in daily routine
Helping around the house
Cultural differences: mealtimes
Cooking a typical dish
Where you live and what there is
Summer 2 La moda Talking about clothes with opinions
Different styles and eras of fashion
Different places to buy clothes
Describing clothes worn for different occasions and activities

Year 10

Exam board: AQA
Specification: GCSE Spanish (8698)

Timeline   Topic
Autumn 1 Me, my family and friends Talking about friends
Describing family relationships
Talking about future plans
Talking about relationships nowadays
Autumn 2 Technology in everyday life Giving opinions about online messaging
The pros and cons of social media
Giving opinions about mobile technology
Talking about mobile technology overuse
Spring 1 Free-time activities Revising the regular present tense
Talking about plans for the weekend
Eating out in restaurants
Special occasion meals
Talking about sports that you do
Talking about sports in the world
Spring 2 Customs and Festivals Learning about local customs
Learning about Spanish customs
Learning about Latin American culture
Learning about Spanish culture
Summer 1 Home, town, neighbourhood and region Saying what your house is like
Describing your house and where it is
Talking about the amenities in your area
Pros and cons of living in town/country
Summer 2 Social issues Talking about charity and voluntary work
Talking about healthy/unhealthy lifestyles
Opinions on healthy/unhealthy living

Year 11

Exam board: AQA
Specification: GCSE Spanish 9-1

All students will take their examinations at the end of Year 11. The assessment for GCSE Spanish is 100% exams.

The course is assessed via:

  • Listening exam – 25%
  • Reading exam – 25%
  • Writing exam – 25%
  • Speaking exam – 25%
Timeline   Topic
Autumn 1 Social issues Talking about charity and voluntary work
Talking about healthy/unhealthy lifestyles
Opinions on healthy/unhealthy living
Autumn 2 Global issues Talking about ways of protecting the environment
Understanding & discussing environmental problems
Talking about homelessness
Talking about helping the needy
Spring 1 Travel and tourism Talking about holiday accommodation
Talking about holiday activities
Understanding tourist leaflets and websites
Describing a region
Spring 2 Work and education Talking about studies and school
Talking about school rules & uniform
Discussing choices after 6th form
Looking for and applying for jobs
Talking about the ideal job
Summer 1 Exam preparation Revision & exam preparation
Speaking exams will take place during this half term

Year 12

Exam board: Edexcel
Specification: A Level Spanish (2016)

Teaching for Year 12 Spanish is shared between Ashlyns and Kings Langley School

All students will take their examinations at the end of Year 13 only.

The course is assessed via:

  • Written paper 1: Listening, reading and translation into English – 40%
  • Written paper 2: Written response to film and literature works and translation into Spanish – 30%
  • Speaking exam – 30%
Timeline   Topic
Autumn 1 The change in family structure Diversity of family models
Attitudes towards marriage
Relationships within the family
Music The role of singers and musicians
Popular and classical music in Spain
The evolution of the Tango in South America
The impact of music on contemporary culture
Grammar Revision of grammar of basic grammar from GCSE Spanish
Autumn 2 The change in family structure Diversity of family models
Attitudes towards marriage
Relationships within the family
Music The role of singers and musicians
Popular and classical music in Spain
The evolution of the Tango in South America
The impact of music on contemporary culture
Spanish culture in context A brief introduction into aspects of Spanish society and cultural background of Pedro Almodóvar’s works
Spring 1 The working world Working life in Spain
Attitudes towards work
Job opportunities for young people
Gender equality
Mediums of communication Television, soap operas and reality TV
Changes in written mediums of communication
The social and political impact of the internet
Spanish language film: ‘Volver’ by Pedro Almodóvar
Spring 2 The working world Working life in Spain
Attitudes towards work
Job opportunities for young people
Gender equality
Mediums of communication Television, soap operas and reality TV
Changes in written mediums of communication
The social and political impact of the internet
Spanish language film  ‘Volver’ by Pedro Almodóvar
Summer 1 The impact of tourism on Spain How tourism has changed in Spain
The economic impact of tourism
The opportunities and benefits of tourism
The environmental impact of tourism
Festivals and traditions  The importance of gastronomic traditions in Spain
Traditions and festivals in Latin America
How religious festivals are celebrated in Spain
Spanish language film and essay writing skills ‘Volver’ by Pedro Almodóvar
Techniques and strategies for writing a film-based essay
Summer 2 The impact of tourism on Spain How tourism has changed in Spain
The economic impact of tourism
The opportunities and benefits of tourism
The environmental impact of tourism
Festivals and traditions The importance of gastronomic traditions in Spain
Traditions and festivals in Latin America
How religious festivals are celebrated in Spain
Revision and consolidation Revision and consolidation of grammar and exam skills

Year 13

Exam board: Edexcel
Specification: A Level Spanish (2016)

All students will take their examinations at the end of Year 13 only.

The course is assessed via:

  • Written paper1: Listening, reading and translation into English – 40%
  • Written paper 2: Written response to film and literature works and translation into Spanish – 30%
  • Speaking exam – 30%
Timeline   Topic
Autumn 1 The positive impact of immigration on Spanish society Spain as a migrant destination
Immigration as a way of meeting the needs of the Spanish labour market
The Islamic influence on Spanish gastronomy and the arts
The Spanish Civil War and the rise of Franco The rise of Franco from soldier to dictator
The Spanish Civil War and the division of Spanish society
The horrors and results of the Spanish Civil War
Autumn 2 The challenges of immigration and integration in Spain The impact of immigration on education and language
The living conditions of the immigrant population in Spain
Reflecting on the marginalisation and alienation suffered by immigrants
The Franco Dictatorship The living conditions of different groups under the Franco regime and the effect of the dictatorship on the Spanish people
The impact of restriction and censorship during the Franco dictatorship
The divisions in Spanish society under the Franco dictatorship
Spring 1 The public and social reaction to immigration The politics surrounding immigration
Analysis of the public opinion regarding immigration in Spain
Analysing the future impact of immigration on Spanish society
The move from the dictatorship to democracy The key moments of the transition towards democracy
Explaining the role of Adolfo Suarez in the creation of a liberal democracy in Spain
The circumstances of the transition to democracy and the role of King Juan Carlos I
The impact of the Transition on Spanish society and the evolution of democracy
Spring 2 Spanish language literature “Crónica de una muerte anunciada” by Gabriel García Márquez
The move from the dictatorship to democracy The circumstances of the transition to democracy and the role of King Juan Carlos I
The impact of the Transition on Spanish society and the evolution of democracy 
Summer 1 Revision and consolidation Revision of Year 12 and Year 13 topics and exam skills. 
Revision and consolidation  Revision of Year 12 and Year 13 topics and exam skills.