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Y7-Y8 SoW

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by parkert, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    With the new GCSE being very demanding, we are looking at changing our Y7-Y8 SoW. We want to move away from being dependent on the text book and have a much more grammar-based SoW. This is mainly because in the final unit of Module 1 for the Y9s in the new German Pearson Edexcel course, they are covering the perfect tense of separable verbs! The new GCSE is expecting a lot of grammar to have been covered in Y7-8. We do cover grammar, of course, but we feel we need to move more int hat direction now. (Back to the good old days of when I was in school in the 80s!)

    Can anyone point me in the right direction of a good SoW for French, German and Spanish?
  2. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Have you already changed your SoW to cater for KS2 experience? #DevilsAdvocate
  3. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    No because nothing is really happening in our local primary schools. My wife teaches in one and tey have not catered for the new curriculum. There just isn't time.
  4. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Then they are not fulfilling their statutory duty. Presumably when you say "they have not catered for the new curriculum", they've managed to fit in all the huge amount of new English and Maths? If SMT take Languages seriously at KS2, which they should, there are ways of fitting it in.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  5. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    Are you a primary school teacher? It's easy to judge from the outside. My wife is KS1 leader and I'm vice chair of governors at the school and they have just got a 2 from Ofsted after being a 3. Trust me, they are doing everything they can. The problem is that the govt. has set unrealistic goals for primary schools.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  6. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    I've taught languages in 2 primary schools for 8 years. I am vice chair of governors in a third. In a former life I was a secondary AST.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  7. Jessaki

    Jessaki Occasional commenter

    Some very helpful suggestions to your original questions. o_O

    As for your question regarding Y7-Y8 SoW, in my last school we rewrote the whole schemes using the new KS4 specs as a guide. We then tried to map that with the topics / themes in the old textbooks we had, mainly so we could use some of the listenings. We actually stopped using the textbooks and made all our resources ourselves.

    To make life easier we wrote the SoW for all three languages in English and then the subject specialists would adapt them to be more specific to their language. We would share resources and translate them. So Y7 Term 1 Lesson 4 was on the system in German and the French teacher would translate into French (making some changes where necessary) etc.. It all worked really well. The lessons were ready prepared and could then easily be adapted and differentiated to each class.

    Our assessments were styled to the new GCSE specs demands too, so they would be better prepared for the new exam requirements. It did work really well, even with some of the lower ability students.

    I'd be happy to share some examples with you.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.

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