At Ralph Sadleir we teach French and German and aim to make language learning fun and accessible to all.
All children arrive in Year 5 with differing experiences of language learning and often an array of different languages spoken. From their very first French lesson at Ralph Sadleir the students are encouraged to use the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to express themselves in French. They encounter interactive lessons full of French games, authentic videos and enjoyable activities aimed at allowing them to develop their confidence in the language. By the end of Year 5 they are able to describe their family and pets, use French numbers, act out various role plays and begin to write in paragraphs. These emphases are continued into Year 6.
By the beginning of Key Stage 3, the foundations are laid for sound progress in the language. In Year 7 students have two hours of French, while in Year 8 they have an hour and a half in French and an hour of German, their second language. By the end of Year 8 many of our linguists already use past, present and future tenses competently.
German is introduced in Year 8 at Ralph Sadleir. At first the emphasis is on oral work and listening skills, although we soon progress to reading and writing. Grammar is explained and practised as appropriate. By the time our students transfer to Upper School most of them are able to talk confidently about themselves and their families, their pets, where they live, the weather, the time, school, clothes, food and drinks, hobbies, likes and dislikes, directions in the town and health problems. Given that we only have one hour per week of German, this is quite an achievement!
Assessment in all years covers the four key skills previously mentioned. In Key Stage Two this is completed in a more informal manner; through teacher-led feedback for listening and reading tasks, and peer-assessment of speaking and writing tasks following a clear set of success criteria. In Key Stage 3 the assessment is more formal. Every piece of long writing is levelled and tracked in the students’ book, and the student’s complete end of module assessments each half term, taken from the Expo framework. This provides the students with a clearly defined level, and allows them to identify and improve on areas of weakness. Speaking assessments are also highly important, with the students preparing and memorising a written piece in order to prepare them for the oral exams in Upper School.
However, it is not all hard work. In April, Year 7 have the opportunity to take part in a five day trip to France, allowing them to explore some of the history and geography of the area, as well as practise their French and have some fun in the process.
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We have put together a few documents listed below, for you to download and print to help with your vocabulary for both French and German.
If you would like more information regarding our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum, please email: email@example.com