The Subject Way
Our subject has a ‘Subject Way’ at the heart of it. Our Subject Way is designed to help students become young subject specialists. The Subject Way has two main purposes:
Firstly, to teach students the vital skills they need to achieve their full potential and gain the very best grades they can. Secondly, to teach students how each subject relates to the wider world, incorporating the life skills they will learn.
It is our belief that knowing how what you learn links to the wider world brings a subject to life and therefore improves overall understanding and engagement.
Long Term Plans
Our KS3 curriculum aims to empower our learners with the linguistic tools, high frequency structures and vocabulary that are useful for real life communication that naturally feed into their next stage of learning.
For each year group in KS3 the culturally rich SoW has progressive end points. The key knowledge below is sequentially taught through the vehicle of the following topics across KS3.
To have & to be & to live – minimum 1st & 3rd person present tense
Regular verbs present tense
Common irregulars – to go & to do
Simple future tense
To wear – to play – to go – to do – to listen – to stay
Past, present & future tense – regular verbs & common irregulars – minimum 1st & 3rd person singular (& plural)
To wear – to play – to go – to do – to listen – to stay – to ride – to watch
To be able
And, but, also, because, however
Without doubt, instead of, in contrast
A bit, very, quite, too.
Simple opinion – I like, I love, I don’t like, I hate + reason
Complex opinion & future tense + reason
I cannot stand, I prefer, I think that ,it makes me want to +verb, it makes me + adj, it will be.
Clothes, Music, Holiday plans, Petit Nicholas
Complex opinion – past & future tenses + reason
As far as I know
If I were able to give my opinion
If I had the choice
Hair & eyes.Describing self & others. Family opinions. Pets & colours.
Talking about clothes (gender & number)
I do not have / he she does not have / I do not like
It will not be at all…
It was not at all …
Normally, on Monday, usually, at the weekend, from time to time, everyday, often, sometimes, in general, when + weather
Next summer, next year
Next weekend, next Saturday, next Sunday, tomorrow,
Last year, last weekend, last Friday, last Sunday, in the holidays, two years ago
The content of each unit of work contains one or more constructions which have been selected with real life communication in mind whilst carefully assuring the National Curriculum is sufficiently addressed, if not exceeded through our robust enrichment programme.
1. Greetings, age and birthday
2. Describing physical appearance – Hair and eyes
3. Family and their ages
4. Spontaneous speaking and writing review (inc. Christmas – famous figures)
5. Saying who you get on with in your family and why. (inc. Careers in MFL)
6. Pets and colours
7. Using opinions to say what food you like and don’t like.
8. The Hispanic World
9. Spontaneous speaking and writing review
1. Film study – Coco – review of Y7 language on personal descriptions and family inc. Day of the Dead cultural exposé
2. Arranging a trip to a restaurant
3. Saying what clothes you wear and why inc’ clothes shopping in a Spanish store
4. What I and others do in our free time (inc. weather)
Careers in MFL
5. Spontaneous speaking and writing review
6. Music opinions with a focus on learning about music from the Spanish speaking world
7. My holiday plans
8. Spontaneous speaking and writing review
1.Saying what you can do & what you did in Paris
2. Saying what I did and am going to do at the weekend
3. Describing film preferences and a recent trip to the cinema
4.Spontaneous speaking and writing review
5. Film review -Les Choristes
6. Describing a typical day at school
7. Future ambitions
8. Spontaneous speaking and writing review.
1. Opinions and Francophone festivals and typical celebrations
10 Describe a festival that you have been to and are planning to go to.
11. Describing a past holiday
12. What makes a good friend?
13. Literature – Le Petit Prince
For KS4, students will have the option to continue with one or perhaps both of the languages that they studied in KS3.
Students will take the Pearson Edexcel exam which allows them to develop their ability to communicate with native speakers in both speech and writing. They will study across a variety of contexts relevant to their age and interests and will also develop a greater awareness of the culture of target language-speaking communities and countries.
The aims and objectives of the course are to enable students to:
- develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy
- express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently
- listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed
- deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary in order for them to increase their independent use and understanding of extended language in a wide range of contexts
- acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking through the ability to understand and respond to a rich range of authentic spoken and written material, adapted and abridged, as appropriate, including literary texts
- develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where the language is spoken
- be encouraged to make appropriate links to other areas of the curriculum to enable bilingual and deeper learning, where the language may become a medium for constructing and applying knowledge
- develop language-learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare them for further language study and use in school, higher education or employment
At WPT we offer A level French & Spanish. We have worked hard to design stimulating content to enable students to develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of the countries where French and Spanish are spoken.
Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French-speaking world.
Students will study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of Francophone / Hispanic society. They will study highlights of artistic culture, including a focus on Francophone music & cinema, or Hispanic regional identity and the cultural heritage of past civilisations.
We cover aspects of the diverse political landscape of these countries allowing students to explore the influence of the past on present-day their communities.
Throughout their studies, they learn the language in the context and issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.
Our Subjects at KS4