Modern Languages are an integral part of Moor Park, we generally have a small group of Spanish children staying for one term or one year with us and our pupils are therefore exposed to other languages and realize how important it is to learn at least one other foreign language. French is considered in Moor Park as a core subject as we feel it is an integral part of the children’s education.
Year Four marks the start of the Common Entrance syllabus. As we usually have new children joining us in Year Four or in Year Five, we revisit topics covered so far with a greater emphasis on accuracy and grammar, in order to give children who have not been exposed to the same amount of French the chance to catch up with their peers and to do well. It is also a good opportunity to consolidate what has been learnt during the previous years.
The course aims to:
The examination will test children’s ability to:
We believe in Moor Park that to learn a language you must understand how it works. Grammar is a central part of the course, the course we use in Years Four to Eight –So you really want to learn French, by Nigel Pearce- is a clearly structured book with a strong emphasis on grammar, with still an element of fun. In Year 8 we concentrate on consolidation of vocabulary and grammar rules and exam preparation with regular listening, reading and writing tests and weekly speaking practice.
In Year Seven we introduce Spanish as an additional language. The aim of this curriculum is to expose children to another language and culture but also to give them the chance to apply methods used learning French to another language. For two lessons a week children follow the Listos curriculum and engage in supplementary activities. Children continue studying Spanish in Year 8 with greater emphasis on grammar and speaking as well as listening and reading comprehension.
At the end of the Summer term, the Year 7 go to France for a week. We stay in a gite in the Mayenne region for a week. Different visits are organised: visit to Roman ruins in Jublains, Lactopole in Laval, American military cemetery in St James, Le Mont Saint-Michel, the Pegasus Bridge museum and Pontmain, a small village with a beautiful church erected in memory of Virgin Mary’s apparition in 1871. We also have plenty of fun with a visit to le Jardin Aquatique in Evron and to a Fun Parc, l’Ange Michel. It is a great opportunity for the chidren to discover another culture and to use what they have been learning in the classroom. It is also a very good way for the Year 7 to experience living together for a week and create strong links before embarking on their final year in school.