Please see the French, Spanish and Latin resources below to help your son make an informed choice about which two languages he wishes to study in year 7.  Please note the deadline for submitting completed language choice forms, along with your son’s admission forms is Monday 3rd May 2021.

French

Le français

  • SJWMS vs primary experiences
  • Lessons- on s’amuse! 
  • 3rd most valued language in business after English and German

Bon Voyage!

  • Yr 7- Residential trip to Pas de Calais
  • Yr 8- Le Touquet day trip
  • Yr 9- Lille Christmas Market
  • KS4 & KS5- Paris trip

Year 7 Curriculum

We find that regardless of prior knowledge, all students benefit from starting with the basics in order to build confidence and improve accuracy. As a result we start with topics that all students are able to talk about and have knowledge of; themselves, their lives and their family! We follow the Dynamo 1 scheme and cover the following topics in the first year of study:

  1. Introductions, greetings, numbers 1 – 31, present tense verbs
  2. My school- giving opinions on your school, subjects and teachers. This one can get interesting!
  3. Free time and hobbies- talking about what you like and do not like doing in your free time and why
  4. Family- describing members of your family, physical and character descriptions, talking about relationships
  5. Talking about where you live – giving directions, describing your town and house, near future tense

Learning in KS3, KS4 and KS5

Textbook used: Dynamo 1 Pearson

We follow the Pearson Dynamo course as it provides a good, solid foundation of learning in order to prepare our students for the demands of the GCSE course. In recognition of the varying exposure to French at KS2 we establish pupils’ prior knowledge and use this to inform our planning and delivery of lessons.

Themes covered at KS3 include:

  • Family & pets
  • Interests
  • School
  • Free time
  • Holidays
  • Festivals
  • Media
  • House & home life
  • Health
  • World of work
  • Social media

The AQA GCSE course builds on the foundations set at KS3 and follows the themes of identity and culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest and current and future study and employment. 

As KS5 we hone the skills developed at KS3 and KS4 in order for pupils to use language fluently and confidently. It is our aim to develop lifelong lovers and learners of French. During the two year A level course pupils will study:

  • Social issues and trends
  • Artistic culture in the French speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French speaking world
  • Grammar
  • Literary texts and a film

Programme of study in Year 7

We find that regardless of prior knowledge, all students benefit from starting with the basics in order to build confidence and improve accuracy. As a result we start with topics that all students are able to talk about and have knowledge of; themselves, their lives and their family! We follow the Dynamo 1 scheme and cover the following topics in the first year of study:

  1. Introductions, greetings, numbers 1 – 31, present tense verbs
  2. My school- giving opinions on your school, subjects and teachers. This one can get interesting!
  3. Free time and hobbies- talking about what you like and do not like doing in your free time and why
  4. Family- describing members of your family, physical and character descriptions, talking about relationships
  5. Talking about where you live – giving directions, describing your town and house, near future tense

Activities in class and for homework

Prepare to sing more than you have ever sung before!! French lessons are very interactive and fun; we want you to speak ( in French of course!) You will be listening to French, speaking French, reading French and writing in French. Prepare to be immersed in the language. We love to sing different songs to help you remember different grammar rules and vocabulary and there is no shortage of games to get those competitive juices flowing. Lessons are very dynamic and engaging, bring your ‘can-do attitude’ and you will be flying in French before you know it. 

Trips, visits, special events

In French we offer many trips, we want you to get over to France as much as possible to show off and hone those skills. Trips currently on offer

  • Year 7 residential trip to Pas de Calais- 3 day visit over the May bank holiday weekend to give parents some much needed rest and to get our boys immersed in the language. Activities and visits include- croissant making in a working boulangerie, a trip to the market, sporting activities- tree top nets and tobogganing, planetarium visit, a boat trip, aquarium, oh and an evening out at the bowling alley. Prepare for tired boys when we get back, the itinerary on this trip is ram packed and exhausting. 
  • Year 8 day trip to Le Touquet- June – off to Le Touquet we go to explore the town following a trail in French, order your own meal in a French café
  • Year 9 day trip to Lille – December- off we go again to visit the christmas market in Lille to sample some of the wonderful gaufres on offer and visit the christmas stalls. We also squeeze in a sneaky trip to a sweet factory
  • KS4- Paris trip. What sort of a French department would we be if we did not offer a visit to la belle Paris?! This is a residential trip that takes in all of the sights- la tour Eiffel, Champs Elysées, Notre Dame, le Louvre, we even have a boat trip down the Seine river, what’s not to love?!

Latin

Latin at SJWMS

  • Latin can be studied alongside French or Spanish for 3 years from Year 7.
  • 4 hours teaching per fortnight for Years 7-9.
  • We follow the Cambridge Latin Course, which has extensive online support accessible to all.
  • The primary focus is on translating Latin into English, building up to appreciating original Latin literature.
  • We also study the history and culture of Ancient Rome, including gladiators, religion, the military, food and leisure, etc.
  • We offer an Ancient Greek club on Wednesdays.
  • Regular lunchtime support sessions are available.
  • Recent locations for visits include Bath, St Albans, Cambridge University, Fishbourne Palace, the British Museum and a week’s visit to Rome and Pompeii.
  • Latin is very popular at GCSE with 6 classes following the EDUQAS syllabus, with papers in Latin Language, Latin Literature and Roman Culture.
  • At Key Stage 5, students study for the Classical Civilisation A-Level, studying Homer’s Odyssey, Greek Theatre and Greek Religion, and several students each year go on to study Classics or Ancient History at university.
  • Latin is taught by Miss Harrison, Mr Reynard and Mrs Manchaud-Green.
aN overview of latin at SJWMS

If you have further questions please contact Miss Harrison (Head of Classics) on stephanie.harrison@sjwms.org.uk

Information about Latin

Textbook used

We use Cambridge Latin Course – We cover the first four books at roughly one book a year over the course of Years 7-10. The Cambridge Latin Course has online textbooks and extensive additional online materials, which has made home learning much easier than with any other course.

view an online version of the textbook view online activities for the 1st chapter of Book 1

In KS3, we focus on obtaining a solid foundation in Latin grammar and vocabulary, as well as an understanding of Roman civilisation and culture. Students practise the language with regular vocabulary tests, grammar exercises and translations, and study Roman culture through regular project work.

In Year 10, we continue to work on language (50% of the GCSE) with the Cambridge Latin Course, but we also study an element of Roman life for the Civilisation paper (20% of the GCSE) – at present, this is “Daily Life in a Roman Town,” but the topic changes every three years.

In the first half of Year 11, we study for the Latin Literature paper (30% of the GCSE), translating and analysing 7 or 8 original Latin texts all linked by a common theme – at present, this is “Magic and Superstition” but, like the Civilisation theme, this changes every three years. We aim to finish the GCSE syllabus by the February half term to allow plenty of time for revision and exam practice.

At KS5, we study Classical Civilisation, which encompasses the literature, history, religion, archaeology and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome. We study three modules as follows: “World of the Hero” covers the famous Greek and Roman epics – Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid – and the two very different concepts of what makes a hero. In “Greek Theatre” you study three plays – two tragedies and a comedy – as well as the archaeological evidence for Greek theatres, costumes, staging etc. In “Greek Religion” we look at the ancient Greek gods and their mythology, key religious sites such as Delphi and Olympia, how Greeks worshipped their gods and celebrated religious festivals, and early philosophers such as Socrates.

All of the texts we use at A-Level are translated – you do not need to know any ancient Greek – and there is no coursework; your grade is based entirely upon final examinations.

Programme of study in Year 7

In Year 7, we follow the first book of the Cambridge Latin Course, which is set in Pompeii. We meet Caecilius and his household – a typical Pompeiian family – and the stories we translate together reveal a great deal about Roman life as well as enabling us to practice our Latin. Book 1 focused on the basic building blocks of Latin grammar – verbs and nouns and their changing endings – and each of the 12 chapters in Book 1 comes with a list of 20-25 key words for students to learn. Each chapter also focuses on a particular area of daily life, so students learn about Roman houses, a typical Roman town, the kind of education they would have experienced in Roman times, and some popular Roman leisure activities, such as theatres, baths and gladiator fights.

Activities in class and for homework

A typical lesson will start with work focussed on a key grammar point – this may be introducing a new point, or practising and consolidating a point met in a previous lesson. This can be done through sorting and matching exercises, through games, through worksheets or through translation. Once they are confident in this grammatical feature, students move on to working through the stories in the Cambridge Latin Course – some are translated, some are comprehensions, and some are small scenarios to be acted out. In each chapter, at least one lesson will be given to the Civilisation aspect of that course, with students undertaking more creative activities, including writing invitations and menus to a Roman dinner party, creating an ancient Roman “tourist brochure” to advertise Pompeii as it was in the first century AD, staging a mock Pompeiian local election, and even having a lesson in ancient Greek, just like Roman schoolboys would at their age.

Because Latin is not a spoken language, we do not complete speaking and listening activities in class – the focus is on being able to translate well, and having a clear understanding of the Roman world.

There is regular assessment – each chapter is assessed with a vocabulary test of c. 20-25 words, and a short grammar assessment focussed on the key feature introduced in that chapter. There is also a longer assessment every four chapters, requiring students to revise all the vocabulary and grammar they have studied so far so that they can answer grammatical questions and translate a short passage.

Homework is set weekly – typical homework tasks include learning vocabulary for a vocabulary test, translating a short passage, or revising a grammatical feature for assessment.

Trips, visits, special event

In more normal times, there is a suitable trip at each key stage. In Year 8, students go to Fishbourne Roman Palace in Sussex. This is where the first half of Book 2 of the Cambridge Latin Course is set, so it is particularly nice for students to be able to see this. It has the largest collection of Roman mosaics in situ anywhere in Britain, and students are able to explore these and also enjoy an archaeology workshop, handling genuine Roman artefacts.

In Year 10, students visit a site in Britain that is relevant to the topic for their Roman Civilisation GCSE paper. The venue changes every three years along with the topic, but previous sites have included the Roman Baths in Bath, and Verulamium Museum and Roman Theatre in St Albans.

In the Sixth Form, students visit the British Museum, which houses many of the artefacts that they look at in the Greek Theatre and Greek Religion modules, and a performance of a Greek play in London if a suitable one is offered.

We have previously run week-long trips to Rome and Pompeii, aimed at Latin GCSE students, and hope to be able to organise another one soon.

Sixth form students, especially those intending to take Classics at university, are also encouraged to attend study days and workshops hosted by universities and by the British Museum.

In school, we offer an Ancient Greek Club at lunchtime, available to all students in Year 8 and above