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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

What is KS3 French and Italian about?

Most students in Year 9 are continuing with their study of French and all have been given the opportunity, this year, to experience a new language, Italian.

The course book used is Expo 3, which is supplemented by many other resources. All lessons in the Department use Interactive Whiteboards

All students in Year 9 in the current year are studying Italian – most in addition to French. The pupils work from in-house resources which were praised by OFSTED. We are also using the Amici course.

Teachers

Head of Department: M Bouamama

Teaching Staff: L. Aquino, G. Floruli, N. Morris & G. Niro

What does the course consist of?

French in Year 7 & 9

  • Unit 1 – Ça t’intéresse? – talking about what you do in your spare time
  • Unit 2 – L’avenir – taking about the future
  • Unit 3 – En bonne santé- talking about healthy lifestyles
  • Unit 4 – Les gens comme nous – talking about other people
  • Unit 5 – On y va! –talking about holidays

Italian Year 9

  • Introductory Unit – Classroom language
  • Unit One Self and family – introductions, descriptions, likes and dislikes, clothes and colours, family members
  • Unit Two House – location and type of house, rooms, furniture, describing rooms
  • Unit Three Town – places in town, positions, directions, opening and closing times
  • Unit Four Food and Drink – bar, ice-creams and pizzeria
  • Unit Five School – types of school, school in Italy, subjects and opinions, timetable, uniform

Curriculum

Year 7  French – 4 hours per fortnight

Focus for Learning 

  • Classroom language and school items
  • Numbers 1 – 20
  • Days, months, dates
  • Personal and Social life
  • Self and family
  • Relationships
  • Personal descriptions
  • Self and family – talking about members of family
  • Using adjectives to describe others
  • Talk about pets
  • Free time and social activities
  • The house and rooms - furrniture
  • Home life – talk about routines at home
  • Telling the time
  • The world around us – hometown / local area
  • Life in other countries and communities
  • The world around us – places in town
  • Giving directions
  • Arranging to go out
  • Giving opinions about places in town
  • Ordering drinks and snacks
  • Intercultural understanding – case study of Paris
  • Daily routines
  • Schools subjects with opinions and justifications
  • Talking about school life
  • Post school activities

These descriptors refer to Year 7 tasks

Listening

G - I can understand a range of familiar spoken phrases.

F - I can understand the main points from a short spoken passage made up of familiar language.

E - I can understand the main points and some of the detail from a spoken passage made up of familiar language in simple sentences.

D - I can understand the main points and opinions in spoken passages made up of familiar material from various contexts.

C- I can understand the difference between present and past and future events in a range of spoken material.

B- I can understand longer passages and recognise people’s points of view.

A - I can understand passages including some unfamiliar material from which I can recognise attitudes and emotions.

A* - I can understand a range of authentic passages in familiar contexts

Speaking

G- I can say and repeat single words and short simple phrases.

F - I can answer simple questions and give basic information.

E - I can ask and answer simple questions and talk about my interests.

D - I can take part in a simple conversation and I can express my opinions.

C - I can give a short prepared talk, on a topic of my choice, including expressing my opinions.

B - I can give a short prepared talk, expressing opinions and answering simple questions about it, using a variety of structures.

A - I can answer unprepared questions in a conversation or following a presentation.

A* - I can take part in a discussion, giving and justifying my opinions and ideas, I can give a presentation on a chosen theme and respond readily to questions.

Reading

G - I can recognise and read out a few familiar words and phrases.

F - I can understand and read out familiar written phrases.

E - I can understand the main points from a short written text in clear printed script.

D - I can understand the main points and some of the detail from short written texts in familiar contexts.

C - I can understand the main points and opinions in written texts from various contexts.

B - I can understand the difference between present, past and future events in a range of texts.

A - I can understand longer texts and recognise people’s points of view.

A* - I can understand a wide range of authentic texts in familiar contexts.

Writing

G - I can write or copy simple words or symbols correctly.

F - I can write one or two short sentences to a model and fill in the words on a simple form.

E - I can write a few short sentences with support, using expressions which I have already learnt.

D - I can write a short text on a familiar topic, adapting language which I have already learnt.

C - I can write a short text on a range of familiar topics, using simple sentences.

B - I can write a text, giving and seeking information and opinions, using a variety of structures.

A - I can write a text, e.g. a report, article or story, conveying opinions and points of view.

A* - I can communicate ideas accurately and in an appropriate style over a range of familiar topics.

Year 9

Both French and Italian are studied – Two hours of each per fortnight

French 

  • Opinions on TV film, books
  • Using different tenses – Present, Perfect and Future
  • Discussing hobbies and interests
  • Future Plans
  • Discussing the role of languages in the world of work
  • Case studies
  • Healthy living
  • Dealing with illnesses
  • Healthy lifestyles – opinions and advice
  • Reading texts about famous French-speaking personalities
  • A Crime story
  • Profiles of famous people

Italian 

Introductory Unit – Classroom language

Unit One Self and family – introductions, descriptions, likes and dislikes, clothes and colours, family members

Unit Two House – location and type of house, rooms, furniture, describing rooms

Unit Three Town – places in town, positions, directions, opening and closing times

Unit Four Food and Drink – bar, ice-creams and pizzeria

Unit Five Talking about school – subjects, opinions, typical days

Assessment Year 9

We adopt a ‘Can Do’ approach to assessment. Formal assessments are carried out each half-term and will focus each time on one of the fours skills – Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing

Pupils will record their levels and targets on sheets in their exercise books

French

These descriptors refer to Year 9 tasks

AT 1 Listening and responding 

E - I can understand the main points from short spoken passages made up of familiar language. I can identify and note other people’s answers. I may need some sections to be repeated

D - I can understand the main points and some of the detail from spoken passages made up of familiar language in simple sentences. I may need some items to be repeated.

C - I can understand the main points and opinions in spoken passages made up of familiar material from various situations, including present and past or future events. I may need some repetition.

B - I can understand the difference between present, past and future events in a range of spoken material that includes familiar language in less familiar situations. I can identify and note the main points and specific details. I don’t usually need things to be repeated.

A - I can understand longer passages and recognize people’s points of view. The passages cover a range of material that contains some complex sentences and unfamiliar language. I can understand language spoken at near normal speed, and need little repetition.

A* - I can understand different types of spoken language from a range of sources, e.g. interviews, documentaries, films, plays. I can recognise attitudes & emotion

AT 2 -Speaking 

E - I can ask and answer simple questions and talk about my interests. I can take part in short prepared tasks, using visual or other clues to help me. I can use short phrases to give my own replies. I use mainly language that I have learned but sometimes I can use other words to make new questions or statements.

D - I can take part in simple conversations, using visual or other cues, and express my opinions. I can use my knowledge of grammar to change single words and phrases. My pronunciation is generally accurate and my intonation is good.

C - I can give a short prepared talk that includes expressing my opinions. I can  take part in short conversations, asking for and giving information, opinions and reasons. I can talk about things that have happened recently or future plans, as well as everyday activities and interests. I vary the language I use and sometimes produce more extended replies. Although I still make some mistakes, I can make myself understood with little or no difficulty.

B - I can give a short prepared talk, expressing opinions and answering simple questions about it. I can take part in conversations, using a variety of structures and producing more detailed or extended responses. I can apply my knowledge of grammar in new situations. Although I may hesitate at times, I can make myself understood with little or no difficulty and with increasing confidence.

A - I can answer unprepared questions. I start and develop conversations and discuss matters of personal or topical interest.  I can improvise and paraphrase. My pronunciation and intonation are good, and my language is usually accurate.

A* - I can give & justify opinions as well as discuss facts, ideas & experiences. I can use a range of vocabulary, structures & time references. I can improvise & adapt language to deal with unprepared situations. My pronunciation & intonation are good. I only make few mistakes.

AT 3 Reading and responding 

E - I can understand the main points and personal responses in short written texts in clear printed script made up of language I am familiar with in simple sentences. I am beginning to read simple texts independently and I can use a dictionary or glossary to look up new words.

D - I can understand the main points and some of the detail in short written texts from situations I am familiar with. When reading on my own, as well as using a dictionary or glossary, I can use context to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words.

C - I can understand the main points and opinions in written texts from various situations, including present, past or future events. I can read real French articles.  I can read aloud, and can use reference materials.

B - I can understand the difference between present, past and future events in a range of texts that include familiar language in less familiar situations. I can identify and note the main points and specific details. I can scan written material for stories or articles of interest and choose books or texts to read independently, at my own level. I am now more confident in using context and my r knowledge of grammar to work out the meaning of unfamiliar language.

A - I can understand longer texts and recognize people’s points of view. These texts cover a range of imaginative and factual material that contains some complex sentences and unfamiliar language. I can use new vocabulary and structures found in my reading to respond in speech or writing. I use reference materials when these are helpful.

A* - I can understand a wide variety of types of written material, including unfamiliar topics which involves more complex language. I read for information but also for personal interest. I use a range of reference sources when needed.

AT 4 Writing 

E - I can write a few short sentences, with support, using expressions that I have already learnt. I can write my own personal responses. I can write short phrases from memory and their spelling is understandable.

D - I can write short texts on familiar topics, adapting language that I have already learnt. I use mainly language I have memorised.  I am starting to use my knowledge of grammar to change words and set phrases. I am starting to use dictionaries or glossaries to check words I have learnt.

C - I can write short texts on a range of familiar topics, using simple sentences. I can write about recent experiences or future plans, as well as to everyday activities. Although I still make some mistakes, the meaning can be understood with little or no difficulty. I use dictionaries or glossaries to check words I have learnt and to look up unknown words.

B - I can write texts giving and seeking information and opinions. I can use descriptive language and a variety of structures. I can use the grammar I have learnt in new situations. Although there may be a few mistakes, the meaning is usually clear.

A - I can write articles or stories of varying lengths, conveying opinions and points of view. I can write about real and imaginary subjects and use a suitable style. I link sentences and paragraphs, structure ideas and adapt previously learnt language. I edit and redraft my work, using reference sources to improve my accuracy, precision and variety of expression.

A* - I can express, justify & develop ideas & opinions, & seek the views of others. I use reference sources to improve my accuracy & variety of expressions. My spelling & grammar are generally accurate & the style is appropriate to the content.

Italian

These descriptors refer to Year 9 tasks

Listening

G - I can understand a range of familiar spoken phrases.

F - I can understand the main points from a short spoken passage made up of familiar language.

E - I can understand the main points and some of the detail from a spoken passage made up of familiar language in simple sentences.

D - I can understand the main points and opinions in spoken passages made up of familiar material from various contexts.

C - I can understand the difference between present and past and future events in a range of spoken material.

B - I can understand longer passages and recognise people’s points of view.

A - I can understand passages including some unfamiliar material from which I can recognise attitudes and emotions.

A* - I can understand a range of authentic passages in familiar contexts

Speaking

G - I can say and repeat single words and short simple phrases.

F - I can answer simple questions and give basic information.

E - I can ask and answer simple questions and talk about my interests.

D - I can take part in a simple conversation and I can express my opinions.

C - I can give a short prepared talk, on a topic of my choice, including expressing my opinions.

B - I can give a short prepared talk, expressing opinions and answering simple questions about it, using a variety of structures.

A - I can answer unprepared questions in a conversation or following a presentation.

A* - I can take part in a discussion, giving and justifying my opinions and ideas, I can give a presentation on a chosen theme and respond readily to questions.

Reading

G - I can recognise and read out a few familiar words and phrases.

F - I can understand and read out familiar written phrases.

E - I can understand the main points from a short written text in clear printed script.

D - I can understand the main points and some of the detail from short written texts in familiar contexts.

C - I can understand the main points and opinions in written texts from various contexts.

B - I can understand the difference between present, past and future events in a range of texts.

A - I can understand longer texts and recognise people’s points of view.

A* - I can understand a wide range of authentic texts in familiar contexts.

Writing

G - I can write or copy simple words or symbols correctly.

F - I can write one or two short sentences to a model and fill in the words on a simple form.

E - I can write a few short sentences with support, using expressions which I have already learnt.

D - I can write a short text on a familiar topic, adapting language which I have already learnt.

C - I can write a short text on a range of familiar topics, using simple sentences.

B - I can write a text, giving and seeking information and opinions, using a variety of structures.

A - I can write a text, e.g. a report, article or story, conveying opinions and points of view.

A* - I can communicate ideas accurately and in an appropriate style over a range of familiar topics.

What might the subject lead on to?

GCSE French or Italian