Modern Languages Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs Singleton de Carranza the Curriculum Leader.

  • Mrs J Singleton de Carranza- Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs L Dudley
  • Mrs K Harwood
  • Mrs J Lylyk
  • Mrs C Mackintosh - on maternity leave from October 2020
  • Miss C Wright

Primary schools are contacted to ensure (where possible) students continue with the same language as at primary school. Mr Melling, ensures this informs X/Y groupings.

Any parents who feel strongly about a specific language and (where possible) the language taught will be changed.

Year 7

Topic outline

At Balshaw’s all students in Year 7 will have four French lessons every two weeks or four Spanish lessons every two weeks.

Students are taught in mixed ability groups.

In Year 7 students will study four modules.

Students are also taught how to use classroom language to make sure that they use French as much as they can.

French

1 - La rentrée - covers the following topics:

  • French Phonics
  • Introducing yourself
  • Numbers and age
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Describing the classroom
  • Talking about likes and dislikes
  • Describing yourself
  • Say what activities you do

 2 - En classe - covers the following topics:

  • Colors
  • Time
  • School Subjects
  • School uniform
  • School day
  • Describing school is in France and England

3 - Mon temps libre - covers the following topics:

  • Weather/seasons
  • Talking about what sports you play
  • Saying what activities you do
  • Booking out sport in French speaking countries
  • Talking about what you like doing
  • Forming and answering questions

4 - Ma vie de famille - covers the following topics:

  • Describing your family
  • Talking about where you like
  • Talking about breakfast
  • Learning about 'Bastille Day'
  • Talking about animals
  • Using higher numbers

Year 7 French Vocabulary Sheets

Spanish Year 7

1 - Mi vida - covers the following topics:

  • Spanish phonics
  • Introducing yourself
  • Your personality
  • Age, brothers and sisters
  • Birthdays
  • Numbers and alphabet
  • Pets

2 - Mi tiempo libre - covers the following topics:

  • Activities you do in your free time
  • Opinions about what you like to do in your free time
  • Weather
  • Sports
  • Conjugation of present tense regular -ar verbs

3 - Mi insti - covers the following topics:

  • School subjects
  • Opinions about subjects
  • Describing your school
  • Describing break time
  • Verb conjugations of present tense regular  -er and -ir verbs

4 - Mi familia y mis amigos - covers the following topics:

  • Describing your family
  • Hair and eye description
  • Describing other people
  • Describing where you live
  • Using key irregular verbs in the present tense (ser, estar, tener)

Year 7 Spanish Vocabulary Sheets


Year 8

Topic Outline

In Year 8, students are in ability sets and have five lessons of French or Spanish every two weeks. 

Although all of our students follow the same scheme of work, work is differentiated to the ability of the students.

French Year 8

Students will start will a recap of French phonics and classroom routines.

1 - Ma vie de famille - covers the following topics:

  • Describing your family
  • Talking about where you like
  • Talking about breakfast
  • Learning about 'Bastille Day'
  • Talking about animals
  • Using higher numbers

2 - En ville - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about places in a town or village
  • Saying where you go out at the weekend
  • Inviting someone out
  • Ordering drinks and snacks
  • Saying what you are going to do
  • Talking about plans for a special weekend

3 - Vive les vacances - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about school holidays
  • Saying what you did in the holidays
  • Describing a visit to a theme park
  • Saying where you went and how
  • Listening for negatives in the perfect tense
  • Asking and answering questions

 4 - J'adore les fêtes - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about festivals and celebration
  • Describing festivals and special days
  • Buying food at a market
  • Talking about what you are going to eat on a special day
  • Talking about a future trip
  • Using the present and near future tenses

5 - A loisir - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about celebrities and TV programmes
  • Talking about digital technology
  • Arranging to go to the cinema
  • Talking about leisure activities
  • Spotting synonyms
  • Using different tenses when speaking

Year 8 French Vocabulary Sheets

Spanish Year 8

1 - Mi Tiempo Libre - covers the following topics:

  • Activities you do in your free time
  • Opinions about what you like to do in your free time
  • Weather
  • Sport
  • Conjugations of present tense regular -ar verbs

 2 - Mi Ciudad - covers the following topics:

  • Describing your town
  • Saying what you do in town
  • Telling the time
  • Ordering in a cafe
  • Saving what you are going to do at the weekend (future tense)

3 - Mis vacaciones - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about a past holiday
  • Saying what you did on holiday
  • Describing the last day of your holiday
  • Giving opinions about a holiday
  • Using the preterite tense (past tense of regular verbs and the irregular verbs: ser and ir)

4 - Todo sobre mi vida - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about your mobile phone
  • Talking about music
  • Talking about TV
  • Using comparative adjectives
  • Saying what you did yesterday (combining present and past tenses)

5 - A comer - covers the following topics:

  • Saying what food you like
  • Describing meal times
  • Using negatives
  • Ordering a meal in a restaurant
  • Discussing what to buy for a party (using the future tense)
  • Giving an account of a party

Year 8 Spanish Vocabulary Sheets


Year 9

Topic outline

In Year 9 students are in ability sets and will do either four French lessons every two weeks or four Spanish lessons every two weeks.

Topics covered are described below:

French Year 9

1 - Le monde est petit  - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about where you live
  • Describing the weather
  • Talking about how you must help at home
  • Talking about daily routine
  • Using modal verbs (pouvoir/devoir) and reflexive verbs
  • Using different tenses in writing

2 - Le sport en direct - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about sports
  • Giving opinions about sports
  • Asking for and giving directions
  • Saying what you need to do to become a champion
  • Talking about illness and injuries

3 - A l'horizon - covers the following topics:

  • Discussing your future
  • Learning languages
  • Talking about your job
  • Describing what your job involves
  • Talking about your ambitions

4 - Special vacances – covers the following topics:

  • Discussing holidays
  • Imagining adventure holidays
  • Talking about what you take with you on holiday
  • Describing your holiday disasters
  • Visiting a tourist attraction

At this stage the scheme of work, students who have chosen French as an option will start the GCSE course.

The other students will study the following:

5 - Moi dans le monde – covers the following topics:

  • Discussing what you are allowed to do
  • Explaining what's important to you
  • Talking about things you buy
  • Describing what makes you happy
  • Learning about human rights issues

Year 9 French Vocabulary Sheets Rouge

Year 9 French Vocabulary Sheets Vert

Spanish Year 9

1 - Somos asi

  • Talking about things you like
  • Talking about your week
  • Talking about films
  • Talking about birthday celebrations
  • Using "gustar" verbs, present and future tenses

2 - ¡Oriéntate!

  • Saying what you have to do at work
  • Saying what jobs you would like to do
  • Saying what you did at work yesterday
  • Describing jobs/a typical day
  • Present and preterite tenses

3 - En forma

  • Your diet
  • Active lifestyles
  • Daily routine
  • Ailments
  • Getting fit
  • Negatives, stem-changing, reflexive and modal verbs

4 - Jóvenes en acción

  • Talking about children's lives
  • Talking about children's rights
  • Talking about journeys to school
  • Talking about environmental issues
  • Writing about raising money for charity

At this stage the scheme of work, students who have chosen Spanish as an option will start the GCSE course.

The other students will study the following:

5- Operación verano

  • Describing a holiday home
  • Describing holiday activities
  • Asking for directions
  • Talking about summer camps
  • Describing a world trip

Year 9 Spanish Vocabulary Sheets Rojo

Year 9 Spanish Vocabulary Sheets Verde


GCSE French

Topic outline

At Balshaw’s we use the Edexcel exam board and study the linear course. We use the resources from ‘Studio’. The GCSE has two tiers, foundation and higher. The foundation paper allows students to access up to Grade 5. The higher paper allows students to access up to Grade 9.

Year 10

Year 10 students have 5 languages lessons every two weeks

Foundation French Year 10

1 - Qui suis-je? - covers the following topics:

  • Revising family and describing people
  • Revising places in town, activities and times
  • Talking about family relationships
  • Making arrangements to go out
  • Describing a day out
  • Talking about role models

2 – Le temps de loisirs   - covers the following topics:

  • Revising leisure activities
  • Revising films and going to the cinema
  • Talking about sport
  • Talking about using technology
  • Discussing reading habits and music
  • Talking about television programmes
  • Talking about a night out with friends

3 – Jours ordinaires, jours de fête  - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about food and meals
  • Discussing clothes and what to wear
  • Describing your daily life
  • Shopping for clothes
  • Describing festivals and traditions
  • Talking about shopping for a special meal
  • Describing family celebrations

4 - De la ville à la campagne - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about where you live and what you can do there
  • Describing a town and asking the way
  • Describing a region
  • Finding out tourist information
  • Discussing plans and the weather
  • Talking about your town, village or neighbourhood

5 - Le grande large - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about what your normally do on holiday
  • Staying in a hotel
  • Talking about travelling
  • Saying what you do and did on holiday
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Buying souvenirs
  • Talking about holiday disaster

Year 10 Foundation French Vocabulary Sheets

Foundation French Year 11

Students will start will a recap of Year 10 work, and then: 

 6 - Un oeil sur le monde - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about what makes you tick and what concerns you
  • Discussing the weather and natural disasters
  • Talking about protecting the environment
  • Talking about ethical shopping
  • Talking about volunteering
  • Talking about big events

7 - Bon travail! - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about jobs
  • Discussing work preferences
  • Talking about plans, hopes and wishes
  • Discussing the importance of languages
  • Talking about how you earn money
  • Discussing work experience

8 - Au collège - covers the following topics:

  • Revising school subjects and talking about your timetable
  • Giving opinions about school subjects and facilities
  • Talking about your school and school in France
  • Discussing rules and regulations
  • Talking about school activities
  • Talking about successes at school

Year 11 Foundation French Vocabulary Sheets

Higher French Year 10

1 - Qui suis-je? - covers the following topics:

  • Revising family and describing people
  • Talking about friends and what makes a good friend
  • Revising places in town and activities
  • Talking about family relationships
  • Making arrangements to go out
  • Describing a night out with friends
  • Talking about your life when you were younger
  • Talking about role models

2 - Le temps de loisirs - covers the following topics:

  • Revising leisure activities
  • Revising films and going to the cinema
  • Talking about sport
  • Talking about using technology
  • Discussing reading habits and music
  • Talking about television programmes
  • Talking about a night out with friends

3 - Jours ordinaires, jour de fête - covers the following topics:

  • Revising sport and music
  • Talking about sport
  • Revising technology, films and TV
  • Talking about your life online
  • Talking about books and reading
  • Talking about television programmes
  • Talking about films and actors
  • Talking about food and meals
  • Talking about food for special occasions
  • Discussing shopping for clothes
  • Using polite language
  • Describing your daily life
  • Describing family celebrations
  • Describing festivals and traditions

4 - De la ville à la campagne - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about where you live, weather and transport
  • Describing a town and asking the way
  • Describing a region
  • Talking about your town, village and district
  • Discussing what to see and do
  • Discussing plans and weather

5 - Le grand large - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about what you normally do on holiday
  • Talking about holidays, past, present and future
  • Talking about an ideal holiday
  • Booking and reviewing hotels 
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Talking about travelling
  • Buying souvenirs
  • Talking about holiday disasters

Year 10 Higher French Vocabulary Sheets

Higher French Year 11

Students will start with a recap of Year 10 work, and then:

6 - Un oeil sur le monde - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about what makes you tick and what concerns you
  • Discussing the weather and natural disasters
  • Talking about protecting the environment
  • Talking about ethical shopping
  • Talking about volunteering
  • Talking about big events

7 - Bon travail! - covers the following topics:

  • Discussing jobs and work preferences
  • Discussing career choices
  • Talking about plans, hopes and wishes
  • Discussing the importance of languages
  • Applying for jobs
  • Understanding case studies
  • Talking about what makes you tick
  • Talking about problems facing the world

8 - Au collège - covers the following topics:

  • Revising school subjects
  • Talking about your school
  • Comparing school in the UK and French speaking countries
  • Discussing the school rules
  • Talking about getting the best out of school
  • Talking about a school exchange

Year 11 Higher French Vocabulary Sheets


GCSE Spanish

At Balshaw’s we use the Edexcel exam board and study the linear course. We use the Viva GCSE resources. The GCSE has two tiers, foundation and higher. The foundation paper allows students to access up to Grade 5. The higher paper allows students to access up to Grade 9.

Foundation Spanish Year 10

1 - Mi gente  - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about socialising and family
  • Describing people
  • Talking about social networks
  • Making arrangements
  • Talking about reading preferences
  • Describing relationships

2 - ¡Desconéctate! - covers the following topics:

  • Discussing holidays and weather
  • Saying what you do in the summer
  • Talking about holiday preferences
  • Describing a trip to Barcelona
  • Booking accommodation and dealing with problems
  • Giving an account of a holiday in the past

3 - Mi vida en el insti - covers the following topics:

  • Giving opinions about school subjects and teachers
  • Describing school uniform
  • Describing the school day
  • Describing your school
  • Talking about school rules and problems
  • Talking about plans for a school exchange
  • Talking about activities and achievements

4 - Intereses e influencias - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about free time activities
  • Talking about TV programmes and films
  • Talking about what you usually do
  • Talking about sports
  • Talking about what is trending
  • Discussing different types of entertainment
  • Talking about who inspires you

5 - Ciudades - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about places in a town or city
  • Talking about shops
  • Describing the features of a region
  • Planning what to do
  • Shopping for clothes and presents
  • Talking about problems in a town
  • Describing a visit in the past

Year 10 Foundation Spanish Vocabulary Sheets

Foundation Spanish Year 11

6 - ¡A currar!- covers the following topics

  • Talking about two different jobs
  • Talking about how you earn money
  • Talking about work experience
  • Talking about the importance and learning languages and travel
  • Applying for a summer job
  • Discussing plans for the future

7 - Hacia un mundo mejor- covers the following topics

  • Describing types of houses
  • Talking about healthy eating
  • Considering global issues
  • Talking about local actions
  • Discussing healthy lifestyles
  • Talking about international sporting events
  • Talking about national disasters

8 - De costumbre- covers the following topics

  • Describing mealtimes
  • Talking about illness and injuries
  • Talking about typical foods
  • Comparing different festivals
  • Describing a special day
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Talking about a music festival

Year 11 Foundation Spanish Vocabulary Sheets

Higher Spanish Year 10

1 - Mi gente- covers the following topics:

  • Talking about socialising and family
  • Describing people
  • Talking about social networks
  • Making arrangements
  • Talking about reading preferences
  • Describing people
  • Talking about friends and family

2 - ¡Desconéctate! - covers the following topics:

  • Discussing holidays and weather
  • Saying what you do in the summer
  • Talking about holidays
  • Saying what you did on holiday
  • Describing where you stayed
  • Booking accommodation and dealing with problems
  • Giving an account of a holiday in the past

3 - Mi vida en el insti - covers the following topics:

  • Giving opinions about school subjects
  • Describing school uniform
  • Describing the school day
  • Talking about subjects and teachers
  • Describing your school
  • Talking about school rules and problems
  • Talking about plans for a school exchange
  • Talking about activities and achievements

4 - Intereses e influencias- covers the following topics:

  • Talking about free time activities
  • Talking about TV programmes and films
  • Talking about what you usually do
  • Talking about sports
  • Talking about what is trending
  • Discussing different types of entertainment
  • Talking about who inspires you

5 - Ciudades - covers the following topics:

  • Talking about places in a town
  • Asking for and understanding directions
  • Talking about shops and buying souvenirs
  • Describing the features of a region
  • Planning what to do
  • Shopping for clothes and presents
  • Talking about problems in a town
  • Describing a visit in the past

Year 10 Higher Spanish Vocabulary Sheets


Higher Spanish Year 11 

Students will start will a recap of Year 10 work, and then: 

6 - ¡A currar!- covers the following topics

  • Talking about two different jobs
  • Talking about how you earn money
  • Talking about work experience
  • Talking about the importance and learning languages and travel
  • Applying for a summer job
  • Discussing gap years

7 - Hacia un mundo mejor- covers the following topics

  • Discussing plans about the future
  • Describing types of houses
  • Talking about healthy eating
  • Discussing healthy lifestyles
  • Considering global issues
  • Talking about local actions
  • Talking about international sporting events
  • Talking about national disasters

 

8 - De costumbre - covers the following topics

  • Describing meal times
  • Talking about illnesses and injuries
  • Talking about typical foods
  • Comparing different festivals
  • Describing a special day
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Talking about a music festival

Year 11 Higher Spanish Vocabulary Sheets