Welcome to Languages, Literacy and Communication Area of Learning Experience/ICommunicate. This area of the ILearn curriculum addresses fundamental aspects of human communication. It aims to support learning across the whole curriculum and to enable learners to gain knowledge and skills in Welsh, English and International Languages as well as in literature.
The four statements that express what matters in this Area should be addressed holistically. These include: Languages connect us. Understanding language is key to understanding the world around us. Expressing ourselves through languages is key to communication. Literature fires imagination and inspires creativity. This means that different languages should be explored in relation to one another, so too the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It also means that learning about and through literature should be seen as contributing to all aspects of learning about languages. The statements support and complement one another and together they contribute to realising the four purposes of the curriculum.
Learning and experience in the ICommunicate curriculum aims to enable learners to communicate effectively using Welsh, English and international languages. This readiness to learn is further supported since effective language skills help learners to make sense of concepts across the curriculum within authentic contexts.
The aim is to encourage learners to engage critically with languages and literature in order to help them develop not only their own sense of identity, but also an understanding of the relationship between their own cultures and communities and those of other people. This understanding can be deepened as learners are afforded opportunities to learn multiple languages. This linguistic knowledge and these skills are needed to participate confidently and empathetically in society, which contributes to developing learners as ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world.
The theme for year 7 is ‘Identity’. In the autumn term, learners will develop knowledge, skills and experiences to become confident independent learners who write autobiographies in English, all about themselves in Modern Foreign Languages and celebrities in Welsh. Learners will develop the skills to be able to transfer what they have learned about how languages work in one language to the learning and use of other languages. Learners use communication to connect to people, places and communities. Learners have the opportunities to experience spoken and written language, as well as images , in a range of forms and genres.
In International Languages, Year 7 starts by learning key phonics in French. The learning of these sounds is reinforced in every unit of work, when we introduce new sentence builders. In the autumn term, we learn the key grammatical ideas on which all languages are built. Learners start by introducing themselves in the present tense. This allows them to learn how adjectives behave, the importance of the gender of nouns, cognates, subject pronouns and verbs. Our students learn about famous Francophones and their contributions not only to French society but to the world. . Learners can also access online vocabulary learning from their own home via www https://uk.language-gym.com.
In Welsh, learners start the year by introducing themselves to us via a Vlog about themselves. This gives them a chance to show us what they have learned previously in primary school. Learners study Ser Cymru / Stars of Wales. In this topic, they learn how to form sentences in the present tense (positive/negative/question). Learners write a Blog on their favourite Welsh star as well as be able to answer questions about him/her. Throughout the term learners will learn lots of new vocabulary and will use apps such as Quizlet, Blooket and Memrise to reinforce the vocabulary learned. Duolingo is also a very useful app to help improve language skills at home. We have a Twitter account and parents can follow us on @LGSCymraeg.
Learners will have a 'spooky' return to lessons after half term in English.focussing on how literature fires the imagination. We will introduce them to the world of nineteenth century Gothic Fiction where we will study a range of excerpts from exciting, complex texts such as 'Frankenstein' and 'Dracula'. The learning plans also encourage analysis of poetic forms such as 'The Raven' by Edger Allen Poe. Gothic themes, settings and imagery will be studied. Learners will be assessed on their oracy, reading and writing skills. A blended learning approach will continue to be taught through online and offline activities.
The International Languages department employs a range of strategies to ensure students learn in an enjoyable, positive and inclusive environment. To enable our students to become successful language learners, we have reviewed our curriculum and created teaching resources to implement the Extensive Processing Instruction (EPI) method principles into our lessons. Where possible we replicate the order by which children naturally acquire their first language. Therefore, we started Year 8 by revisiting key phonics in French. The learning of these sounds is reinforced in every unit of work, when we introduce new sentence builders. In the autumn term, we build on the key grammatical ideas on which all languages are built. Students start by introducing themselves in the present tense, describing where they live and introducing family members. This allows students to learn how adjectives behave, the importance of the gender of nouns, cognates, subject pronouns and verbs. When appropriate we also ‘plant’ chunks of language. This exposes students to common chunks of language before students are expected to understand the grammar behind the phrase. For example, students learn the important phrase ‘I would like’ from the first term, even though the conditional tense is not taught explicitly until Year 9. Our students learn about famous Francophones and their contributions not only to French society but to the world. This term we are looking at the famous French singer-songwriter Édith Piaf. Learners access their work through google classroom and complete their work on an online digital exercise book.
Learners also get to participate in lots of activities during language week in September. They are invited to become Language Ambassadors. learners can also access online vocabulary learning from their own home via www https://uk.language-gym.com. Letters for our French trip in the summer term are distributed at the beginning of December. We also offer students the opportunity to purchase Mary Glasgow magazines, which enable them to read articles designed for learners of their own age on current affairs and contemporary topics.
Learners will learn how to express a good opinion this term through the topic YSGOL (School).In order to ensure learners can do this well , learners will be revisiting the present tense with some past tense also introduced. Learners will also learn lots of good adjectives to enable them to give opinions in all areas of school life. At the end of the topic, learners will be writing an email to an old friend describing their new school and will have an oral assessment.Throughout the term learners will learn lots of new vocabulary and will use apps such as Quizlet, Blooket and Memrise to reinforce the vocabulary learned. Learners are encouraged to use these apps at home, and parents could log on too to have fun learning new vocabulary with their children. Duolingo is also a very useful app to help improve language skills at home.All homework is posted in Google Classroom. We have a twitter account and parents can follow us on @LGSCymraeg