Clubs and Trips

There are a number of extra-curricular opportunities available to all pupils.

Trips

There is a KS3 trip each year, usually about 5 days long, which alternates between France and Germany/Italy. In 2014 it is Germany/ Italy.

A KS4/5 trip usually takes place every year in each of the 3 languages on offer. Destinations may be Lille/Paris ,Berlin/Leipzig and Rome.

Pupils from our partner school in Mainz, Germany visit us every year at school and KS3 pupils therefore have the chance to make new friends and begin correspondance over the internet.

Clubs

Year 7 French

In year 7 there is Francovision club, where pupils learn to sing songs in French, as well as the annual Spelling Bee competition, (organised by Routes into Languages), where pupils learn a series of words and practise spelling them as quickly as possible using the French alphabet. This culminates in a regional and perhaps even national spelling competition against other schools. These clubs happen in 513 with Mrs Hansen.

Language Leaders in Year 10 assist in the running of these clubs, as well as leading some primary French lessons at Cranbourne school later on in the year.

Year 8 and 9 German

Film making club takes place on Thursday lunchtimes in 511 with Mrs Lamb. Pupils plan and produce a 5 minute film in German with English subtitles and enter a regional competition. Last year’s team came second in the Routes into Languages East regional competition.

Year 7 Friends of Latin Club

The Friends of Latin Club ( Miss Lonoce) will initiate yr7 pupils to Latin with the aim to increase pupils’ awareness of general grammar rules and jargon thus facilitating their learning of modern foreign languages. Moreover the study of Ancient Roman culture will provide pupils with a better understanding of the legacy and influence of Ancient Roman civilisations on modern Britain and Europe.

In yr 7 pupils will learn how to understand a text in Latin by recognising the following grammar:

1. Word order in Latin
2. The first 3 Declensions (nouns)
3. Verb tenses (present, past tense, imperfect)
4. Adjectival agreement
5. More complex sentences introduced by sed (=but), postquam (=after that) quod (=because)

While interpreting and translating Latin texts, pupils will learn also about the following aspects of Ancient Roman culture:

– The layout of a Pompeian villa/differences between Roman and modern houses
– Everyday life and the role of Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Roman life
– The layout of the town of Pompeii
– The role of a forum in a Roman town/similarities with a modern Italian piazza
– Theatre/similarities and differences between Ancient and modern theatre
– Gladiatoral combats/the life of a gladiator and slaves in general/The structure of the Coliseum
– Roman baths

GCSE Latin in the Sixth Form

GCSE Latin is offered to Sixth Form as an enrichment subject (2 hours a week) for those students who would like to become more aware of the influence of Latin on English, German and Romance languages.

Pupils study towards a GCSE qualification offered by WJEC, which comprise a Language Paper (accounting for 70% of total grade) and a Roman Civilisation Paper or coursework (accounting for 30% of total grade).

The grammar covered on the course is the following:

1. Five declensions
2. Verbs: present, imperfect, perfect and pluperfect indicative
3. present and imperfect indicative passive 3rd person singular and plural
4. present indicative active
5. present participle
6. imperative active
7. cum plus pluperfect subjunctive (portavisset): when he had arrived….
8. cum plus imperfect subjunctive (portaret): when the guards were sleeping…
9. ut plus subjunctive for PURPOSE CLAUSES
10. ut plus subjunctive for RESULT CLAUSES
11. quamquam = although
12. Gerundive of obligation: mihi fugiendum erat
13. comparative

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