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KS4 (Years 10-11)

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Students are strongly encouraged to opt for a language at GCSE. Students continue to study from the StudioStimmt and Viva courses at Key Stage 4 to build on the work they complete throughout Key Stage 3.

Students in Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA syllabus. They undertake a number of internal assessment tests throughout the course in the four key language skills and, at the end of Year 11, will sit their formal examinations. The examinations are split into Foundation tier, covering grades 1-5, and Higher tier, covering grades 4-9. Students will be entered for the same tier in all 4 exams (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing).

The GCSE is broken down into 3 themes: Theme 1 – Identity and Culture; Theme 2 – Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest; Theme 3 – Current and Future Study and Employment. The same topics are studied in French, German and Spanish, though these are taught in a different order to suit a logical grammar progression in each language. Students also learn cultural elements relating to the countries where the target language is spoken. Students cover Modules 1 and 2 of the GCSE course in Y9, Modules 3-5 in Y10 and Modules 6-8 plus revision of the earlier topics in Y11.






Module 1

Family, friends and relationships, role models


Travel and tourism

Module 2

Free time and technology

Free time, festivals


Module 3

Customs and festivals

Family, friends and relationships

Family and friends, technology

Module 4

Town and local area

Town, technology, healthy living

Free time, role models

Module 5

Travel and tourism

Travel, accommodation, eating out

Town and local area

Module 6

School, healthy living

Travel and tourism, town and local area

Customs and festivals

Module 7

Work and future plans

Work and future plans

Work and future plans

Module 8

Environment and social issues

Environment and social issues

Environment, social issues, healthy living

Poynton High School & Performing Arts College

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU

01625 871 811