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Name of Faculty: Science Faculty

Name of Department: Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Members of Staff: Teaching

Name Responsibility e-Mail Address

Mr F Joseph

Ms A McLaughlin

Ms L Walsh

Mr R Hollingworth

Ms K Sheth

Mr R Darling

Ms N Thiara

Mr C McGuire

Miss S Smith

Mr T Butler

Mr E Austin

Miss N Moin

Mr G Hall

Ms G Pop

Head of Faculty and Head of Physics

Deputy Head of Faculty and KS3 Co-Ordinator

Science KS4 Co-Ordinator and Head of Biology

Head of Chemistry

Head of Health and Social Care

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science (Acting Deputy Head)

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

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Members of Staff: Technicians and Admin

Name Responsibility e-Mail Address

Mrs V Patel      

Mrs S Konnur

Mrs R Regy

Mrs M Newton

Mr A Gutierrez

Mrs M Frey

Senior Technician                                  

Science Technician

Science Technician

Science Technician

Science Technician

Science Admin Support

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Please feel free to contact your child’s Science teacher or Mr Joseph if you have any questions or queries.    

About our Faculty
The Science Faculty is a dynamic and ambitious faculty with high aspirations for all our students.  From Years 7 to 13, students benefit from high quality teaching and excellent new facilities and we aim to inspire students through challenging and interactive lessons.   Our teachers have a wide range of teaching experience and are supported by a specialist team of laboratory technicians.

In terms of our resources, our 7 laboratories were fully refurbished in 2013 and provide an excellent learning environment.  We also have a dedicated computer suite and additional teaching space.  We recently won an award for funding from the Wolfson Foundation, and this has enabled us to renew much of our scientific equipment.  

Our curriculum is divided  into Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), Key Stage 4 (Years 9 to 11)  and Key Stage 5 (Post 16).  In addition we provide numerous Extra- Curricular opportunities for students, including trips, visiting speakers, regular Science and STEM clubs and our annual Science Week.

Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7 and 8 follow a programme of study written by members of the Faculty. The programme is based on the Exploring Science Key Stage 3 course.  The Year 7 course has recently been updated to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum.  

In Year 7, students are taught Science in mixed ability classes.  Students are then assigned their Year 8 classes according to ability.   Students receive one piece of Science homework per week. 

Students are formally assessed once a half term.   Assessments are either practical based Assignments or end of topic tests.   The students record their levels and personal targets in their exercise books, and their progress is tracked throughout the academic year. Teachers work with students to help them make good progress and develop their scientific knowledge and skills.  Exercise books are regularly marked and assess students their own work.

Lessons are usually planned around a practical task, and the faculty has excellent new laboratories and equipment to help facilitate the students’ learning.   

Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities, such as Science Club, STEM club and Science Week.

Key Stage 4
In year 9, students complete a transition course to prepare for GCSE courses.  The course prepares students for specific investigative and analytical  skills, and provides them with a secure grounding in some of the key principles of Science. (eg Photosynthesis, Forces and Motion, Reactivity patterns etc)

Towards the end of Year 9, students are offered a choice of Key Stage 4 Science courses based on their ability and attainment.  The majority of students study Double Science GCSE, which consists of Science GCSE in Year 10 and Additional Science GCSE in Year 11.    The more able students are offered the opportunity to study for separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science).   The GCSE examination board is AQA.  

In Years 10 and 11, students are regularly assessed, and teachers closely monitor student progress.    On average students receive two Science homework tasks per week, but they are also encouraged to work independently to help with preparation for examinations.  Students can choose from a wide variety of resources either paper based, on line or on the School intranet site.

Key Stage 5
Students who gain good grades at GCSE can then progress on to an A level course in either Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The Biology examination board is Edexcel and Chemistry and Physics follow the OCR A specifications.  The Science Faculty also offer BTEC qualifications in Health and Social Care including the Level 3 National Award and BTEC First Certificate.   More details about Post 16 courses are given on the Sixth Form (HS6) page of the website.

Physical Education

Update:

PE Kit Changes from September 2014

As from September, students will be required to wear royal blue shorts with ‘Hendon School PE’ stitched on to the leg.  The socks will also be royal blue, and knee length. The shirt will remain the same.  The school will sell all parts of the kit – shirt, shorts and socks – from the finance office in the new block. 

I appreciate that your child may already have the correct PE kit, and without wanting to impose a further expense onto you, I only ask that when you need to replace a specific piece of kit, that you purchase the new style from the school.

Prices for the new kit are below:

Tops - £11

Shorts - £8

Socks - £5

Tracksuit bottoms (girls only) - £16

Thanks,

Mr Welch

Head of PE

 

Aims and our philosophy:

The PE Department is made up of a mix of very experienced staff that bring their own knowledge and experience of sport to both curriculum and extra-curricular activities. We teach all pupils across Key Stage 3 twice a week, and once a week in Key Stage 4 .Pupils in Key Stage 4 also have the opportunity to study BTEC or GCSE PE. In Key Stage 5 pupils can  study A Level PE, as well a s taking part in ‘enrichment’ lessons. Sports Leadership is very important within PE and we strive to develop as many of our young people into confident Leaders within lessons, and also through our Gifted and Talented Sports Leadership programme. Successful Sports Leaders are awarded prestigious Sports Leaders shirts, and have lots of opportunities to help out with sporting events involving younger pupils from within the London Borough of Barnet, as well as being able to gain National Governing Body officiating qualifications.
There are many extra-curricular activities on offer such as Football, Basketball, Netball, Athletics, Cricket, Table Tennis, Badminton, Trampolining, Rowing, Fitness Club, and Weights club. We have teams who represent the school in many of these activities and perform very well within the Borough.

Although we nurture our elite sports pupils through extra-curricular activities, within curriculum time we value all pupils and believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge in order to progress and always achieve at whatever level can. Participation rates within lesson are extremely high and pupils enjoy the lessons due to activities being differentiated and accessible to all.

KS3 Curriculum – Year’s 7, 8 & 9

GAMES – badminton, table tennis, basketball, cricket, football, Netball, hockey, rounder’s, and rugby. Skills are acquired and developed from small-sided team situations to dealing with the full game.
ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES – cross country, fitness and track and field athletics. Pupils are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and understanding of health and fitness and work on a personal performance programme to set themselves achievable targets.
GYMNASTIC ACTIVITIES – gymnastics and trampolining. Concentration on body management and quality of movement is focused on. Evaluation of performances is used to develop confidence and enjoyment in movement.
SWIMMING – Pupils in Year 7 and 8 who cannot swim 25m are required to go swimming. Pupils develop confidence and efficiency in water and development of survival skills. Those that can swim 25m will cover a different unit of work in either ‘Invasion Games’ or ‘Trampolining’.
OUTDOOR AND ADVENTUROUS EDUCATION – supplements the curriculum. Each child in Year 9 will have the opportunity to spend one week away from home at a residential centre or spend a similar week based at school, involving themselves in adventurous activities – camping, canoeing, climbing, cooking, cycling, fire lighting, hiking, problem solving, tracking and water sports. Emphasis is placed on teamwork, safety, new challenges and experiences in outdoor living.

PE Clubs and Activites. For more information Click Here ¦ pdf

Over the course of our three year key stage 3 course,

The first three years are concerned with the acquisition, development and application of knowledge in four areas of activity, as described above. Pupils will look to apply skills developed and evaluate these to improve their performance levels. Pupils will cover a range of practical activities on a carousel throughout the year, and so will not all be covering the same sport at the same time. When your child is doing Hockey or Football, please ensure they have navy blue knee length socks and shin pads, or they will not be able to take part in competitive game situations. Pupils also need appropriate trainers; plimsolls and Vans are not allowed as they do not fully support the foot and can lead to long term injury.

 

KS4 Curriculum:

Syllabus:

Exam:

 

Controlled assessment:

 

Edexcel GCSE PE

Unit 1: The Theory of Physical Education (40%) – Section 1: Healthy, Active Lifestyles – Section 2: Your Healthy, Active Body.  Unit 2: Performance in Physical Education (60%) – Section 1: Practical Performance – Section 2: Analysis of Performance

 

One exam at the end of the 2nd year of study worth 40% of the final mark.  One moderation day, in which students are assessed in a range of physical activities in leading, performing and officiating.  This is worth 60% of the final mark.

Terms:

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn 1

 

Autumn 2

 

Spring 1

 

Spring 2

 

Summer 1

 

Summer 2

As this is a new course for September 2013 we will update the website nearer the time for a complete overview of both years work.

 

Students study the GCSE Edexcel specification. This builds effectively on the key stage 3 programme of study, with a balance between theory and practical lessons.  In the theory lessons students will study two sections: Healthy Active Lifestyles and Your Healthy, Active Body.  Students will gain an in depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, influences on a healthy, active lifestyle and the theory behind exercise. During their practical lessons, students will undertake a range of roles including performer, leader and official.  They will gather a good knowledge of a range of sports and physical activities, choosing four to be assessed in from the roles mentioned above.  At least two of the sports must be in the performer role.  The course is an excellent route into A-Level PE and other courses due to its wide content range.

KS5 curriculum:

Syllabus:

Exam:

 

Coursework:

 

Edexcel GCE Physical Education

Unit 1 (AS):  Participation in Sport and Recreation (50%)   Unit 3 (A2): Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance (50%)

 

Unit 2 (AS): The Critical Sports Performer (50%)  Unit 4 (A2): The Developing Sports Performer

The practical moderation day is carried out in April for both examinations

NB: The AS Physical Education exam equates to 50% of the A2 examination

Terms:

Year 12

Year 13

Autumn 1

 

Autumn 2

 

Spring 1

 

Spring 2

 

Summer 1

 

Summer2

The development of active leisure and recreation

Performance Analysis

The Development of Competitive sport – The Local Study

Healthy lifestyle

 

Performance pathways – The National Study

Performance Analysis and Personal Performance roles

Fitness and Training

 

Effects of exercise on the body systems

Performance Analysis

Lifelong involvement.

 

Exams and A2 Development plan

 

Short Term Preparation – Physiological  and  Psychological

Centres of Excellence – The International Study

Short Term Technical Preparation

The Development Plan

Fatigue and Recovery

Long Term Physiological, Psychological and Technical

Progressive Participation role

Life Plan

 

Technical Support

Revision

 

In the AS course, the focus is on how sport and recreation fit into society and our understanding of the issues around health and an active lifestyle. ‘What happens to our body when we exercise’ will focus on the scientific aspects while the history of competitive sport will show how our current provision for sport and recreation, has been shaped. Our students enjoy the practical aspects and with their chosen activities they are expected to analyse their participation through independent research and defined pathways of leadership, officiating and performance, designed to prepare you for lifelong participation. The A2 course uses the elite performer as our focus and looks at the concepts behind producing the very best. The physiological, psychological and technical aspects of performance and the support that exists both home and abroad, all come together to form a holistic picture for world class competition. Through the development plan it is hoped that our students will experience some of this world class factor by refining their own performance and planning for the future. To date we have students who have moved into Occupational Health, Teaching, Physiotherapy and studying Sports Science at degree level, as well as continuing to be physically active.

PE outside the Classroom:

Clubs, teams, trips, championships, activity week, leadership, intra competitions,

Members of the Department:

 

Mr Welch – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Head of Physical Education Faculty

 

Miss Downing - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Second in Charge of Physical Education Faculty

 

Mrs Weatherhead – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Deputy Head teacher and Teacher of PE

 

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Japanese

Aims and our philosophy:

In Japanese we aim to equip our students with the means to excel in a global society where the understanding of another language and of another culture is of paramount importance.  We want our students to be able to form lasting relationships with those from other countries and to understand that international links are invaluable to us in business and in friendship.  In our lessons, we strive to challenge our students, to engage them in stimulating dialogues, to peak their interest and to help them become independent learners.  With our very successful and popular Japanese exchange and our strong links with Japan, we hope to help our students to become global citizens.

KS3 Curriculum:

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

 

Year 7 Carousel

Hiragana

Greetings

Numbers

Age

Classroom Objects

Days of the Week

Birthdays

Pets

Origins

Food and Drink

Family

School

Leisure Activities

Time

Transport

Fee Time and Social Activities

 

Parts of the Body & Appearances

 

Adjectives and Opinions

 

Daily Routine

 

Clothing

 

Shopping

Over the course of our three year key stage 3 course, our students learn to read and write the hiragana alphabet. They carry out simple conversations in Japanese and they read and write kanji numbers. They explore the world of classroom language and begin building up their vocabulary through topics such as animals, days of the week and birthdays. In Year 8 our students continue to become fluent in hiragana whilst simultaneously learning to recognise katakana and kanji. The students will investigate various Japanese sentence patterns and learn how to use them independently.  In Year 9 our students are formally introduced to katakana and additional kanji. Through such topics as free time, health, daily routine, clothes and shopping, our students develop a deeper understanding of Japanese grammar and sentence structures enabling them to understand and write extended pieces of writing and express their opinions in detail.

KS4 Curriculum:

Syllabus:

Exam:

 

Controlled assessment:

Edexcel

Paper 1: Listening 23%     Paper 2: Speaking 27%     Paper 3: Reading 23%    Paper 4: Writing 27%

 

There is no controlled assessment ; this is an exam based subject

Terms:

Year 10

Year 11

 

The Natural Environment

Last Weekend

Daily Life

Holidays

My Home Town

Asking Directions

Shopping

In the Home

Custom and Special Events

My Future

School Life

Dealing with Problems

Fitness and Health Issues

Revision

Students study the GCSE Edexcel specification.  This builds on their knowledge gained in KS3 and enables them to meet new and exciting topics alongside familiar topics which are then explored further and in more depth.  Students continue to gain confidence in all four language skills, increasing their vocabulary base and enabling them to write long essays and read extended texts. We aim to develop a deeper understanding of grammar and the structures that underpin the language as well as learning more kanji and continuing to practise hiragana and katakana.  Our teaching and learning continues to involve a wide range of challenging, fun and engaging activities.  Students are expected to consolidate their learning at home by independently reviewing each lesson and completing all homework.

KS5 curriculum:

Syllabus:

Exam:

 

 

 

Coursework:

Edexcel

AS: 2 hour 45 minute exam which includes a comprehension section, a translation section (Japanese into English) and an essay.

A2: 3 hour exam which includes a comprehension section, a translation section (English into Japanese) and 2 essays (one base on a short story and one based on a city).

 

There is no coursework option; this is an exam based subject

Terms:

Year 12

Year 13

 

Food and Diet

Sport and Exercise

Health Issues

Tourist Information, travel & transport

Weather

Pollution and Environmental Activities

Education

Education Policy and Student Issues

The World of Work

Relationships

Technology

Music and Fashion

The same topics taught during Year 12

and

Customs, Traditions, beliefs and religions

National and international events: past, present and future

Literature and the arts

 

In our highly challenging AS course we target such areas as grammar, kanji, essay writing, translation and comprehension in great depth. Students are expected to work independently outside the classroom to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of these key areas.  In Year 13 our students focus on the areas such as politics, worldwide issues and religion, customs and traditions. They complete a detailed research project on a Japanese city of their choice and on a novel from Japanese literature. The students are given the opportunity to organise their own trip to Japan to support their research into their chosen Japanese city.

Japanese outside the Classroom:

Hendon students studying GCSE Japanese are offered the chance to participate in our Japanese exchange.  In Year 10, 20 of our students spend nearly 2 weeks in Japan, visiting Tokyo and then spending time with host families in the city of Hamamatsu and attending our sister school, Konan High School.  In March, 20 of the Konan students visit Hendon and our students from Year 9 upwards get a chance to act as hosts.  Our Year 13 students are also given a chance to organise their own trip to Hiroshima in Japan to support their A2 exam. We are furthermore launching new opportunities for independent study outside the classroom through our KS3 independent homework projects.

Members of the Japanese  department:

Ms H. Langsam (Head of Japanese) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Spanish

Aims and our philosophy:

In the Spanish department we want to share with pupils our passion for Spanish and encourage pupils to begin communicating with confidence and enthusiasm. In a globalised world where Spanish is the third most spoken language, we want pupils to see the importance and relevance of learning another language and learning about other cultures.

In our lessons, we challenge pupils to communicate with one another in Spanish, to read authentic materials, to understand native speakers and to write extended pieces to express themselves.  We believe it is also fundamental to give our pupils strategies to become better independent learners. We organise a yearly trip to Spain in which pupils are given the opportunity to experience life at a Spanish school, meet Spanish pupils of the same age group and to begin practising their Spanish in language used in everyday life.

KS3 Curriculum:

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

 

Year 7 Carousel

 

Introducing myself

 

My family

 

My school

 

My free time

 

Food

 

Fashion

Where I live

 

Illnesses

 

Holidays

 

Work

 

Shopping and daily routine

 

My diet and lifestyle

 

In year 8, our students learn to: present themselves in Spanish and engage in short conversations; give opinions on things they like and dislike and give reasons to justify their points of view; begin to write extended pieces of writing based on the GCSE criteria and build their knowledge of grammar to equip them for the Spanish GCSE. Very quickly, pupils begin building up their vocabulary through topics such as family, food and free time.

 

In Year 9, our students are stretched to use a wider variety of language and grammar structures. They learn to become more independent learners and express themselves using more complex and authentic language. These skills are developed through topics such as holidays, work, shopping and describing where I live.

KS4 Curriculum:

Exam Syllabus:

 

 

 

 

Controlled assessment:

AQA

 

Unit 1 Listening : 20%  - exam

Unit 2 Reading: 20%  - exam

Unit 3 Speaking controlled assessment: 30%

Unit 4 Writing controlled assessment: 30%

Terms:

Year 10

Year 11

 

Relationships and choices

Free Time

Holidays

Home and local area

The environment

School

Work

Revision

Students study the GCSE AQA examination.  This builds on their knowledge gained in key stage 3 and enables them to meet new and exciting topics alongside familiar topics which are then explored further and in more depth.  Students continue to gain confidence in listening, reading, speaking and writing, increasing their vocabulary base and grammar understanding and enabling them to communicate more creatively.

 

We aim to build pupils’ confidence in their understanding and use of grammar structures, in order to enable them to express themselves in more detail. We teach pupils strategies to help them prepare for the speaking and writing assessments, reading and listening techniques to build their confidence when encountering new language. Our teaching continues to provide stimulating and engaging activities. Students are expected to consolidate their learning at home by reviewing grammar, learning vocabulary and completing all homework.

KS5 curriculum:

Syllabus:

Exam:

 

 

 

 

Edexcel

AS:

Unit 1 – Speaking

This is a 10 minute conversation which evaluates students’ ability to converse in Spanish on a general topic that they have chosen in advance. Students will need to respond to four questions based on a chosen topic. This will be followed by a general discussion relating to the same topic.

 

Unit 2 – Listening, reading and writing

This is a 2 hour 30 minute exam which includes a listening comprehension section, a reading comprehension and an essay responding to a short written stimulus. Pupils are required to write 200-220 words.

 

A2:

Unit 3 – speaking

Pupils research and prepare a topic to debate with the examiner on a controversial issue of their choice.  They will then engage in a spontaneous discussion in which a minimum of two further unpredictable areas of discussion will be covered.

 

Unit 4 – writing

Pupils complete a translation section (English to Spanish) and two essays. The first essay is a discursive essay in which pupils evaluate the two sides of a controversial topic. The final section is on one of the following areas of research: geographical, historical, aspects of modern society or literature and the arts.

 

There is no coursework option; this is an exam-based subject

Terms:

Year 12

Year 13

 

Youth culture and concerns

 

Lifestyle: health and fitness

 

The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Spanish-speaking world

 

Education and employment

 

 

Youth culture and concerns

Lifestyle: health and fitness

The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Spanish-speaking world

Education and employment

Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions

National and international events: past, present and future

Literature and the arts

 

In our challenging AS course we target areas such as speaking with fluency, debating issues, essay writing, developing grammar skills and comprehension in reading and listening. Students are expected to work independently outside the classroom to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of these key areas.

 

In year 13, our students focus on current affairs, research skills, debating worldwide issues on topics such as religion, ethics and the environment. They also complete a detailed research project on a geographical region, a historical period, an aspect of modern society or they study a piece of literature and the arts.

Spanish outside the Classroom:

Each year, students studying Spanish are offered the opportunity to take part in a trip to Spain. This is mainly aimed at pupils studying Spanish GCSE but it is also opened up to pupils in other year groups. This year, we took 25 pupils from years 9, 10 and 11 to Andalucía for 4 days. During this time, our students spent the day attending lessons in a Spanish school and visiting the cities of Seville and Granada. We are hoping to set up a yearly exchange with the school in Malaga for our students.

 

Members of the Spanish department:

Mrs F. Loewe (Head of Spanish) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Ms S. Taccuso (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

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Name of Faculty: MFL

Name of Department: German

 

Members of Staff: 
Ms. R. Moitra (Head of German) - (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Ms. Y. Kidoguchi - (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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About the Course:

 

Students study a ten week block of German during their carousel lessons at the beginning of Year 7, which is based on German fairytales. If they opt to continue with German in addition to their first foreign language (either French or Japanese), they then take it up from the beginning of Year 8.

 

Year 8

 

Students learn to introduce themselves and talk about themselves, their family, their school and their interests in German. The year ends with a fashion show in German!

 

Year 9

Students build on the knowledge acquired in Year 8, and work on the skills needed for the GCSE course, learning how to talk about where they live, comparing it to German towns and cities, to use the past and future tenses, to talk about food and healthy eating, and to describe their holidays.

German at KS4 : 

Subject name and qualification type

German GCSE

 

Exam board and any unit codes

AQA (Listening: 46651F and 46651H, Reading: 46652F and 46652H)

Course outline/ units studied

 

There are four areas of experience:

Lifestyle, Leisure, Home and Environment
Work and Education

SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT:

Pupils are assessed in the four skills

Reading 20% Speaking 30% Writing 30%

Listening 20%

Method of assessment

Listening and reading formal exams. Writing and speaking are assessed through controlled assessment, completed with the class teacher.

Links to possible careers

Languages can open all sorts of doors for you in your future career, from teaching and interpreting through to enhancing careers such as journalism, the arts, law, and the business world. The ability to speak a language offers a range of exciting travel opportunities at school, university and in the world of work.

Please note also that Modern Language GCSEs now form part of the recognised English Baccalaureate, and are likely to be required for entry to all courses in some of the best universities.

Post 16 Progression for this Subject (e.g. BTEC Level 3, or AS level)


AS Level, then A Level

Contact name and email address E Kell(Head of Department) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Link to the AQA website (which has several of its own useful resources and past papers) -

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/languages/new/german_overview.php

Controlled Assesment Booklet ¦ pdf

GCSE Vocabulary ¦ pdf

German at KS5

Sixth Form Prospectus Entry

Subject Title : German

Faculty : MFL Level : AS, A2

Examination Board / website : www.edexcel.com

Assessment Details :

AS German

Spoken Expression and Response Exam (Listening and Speaking)

Understanding and Written Response Exam (Reading and Writing)

A2 German

Understanding and Spoken Response in German (Listening and Speaking)

Research, Understanding and Written Response in German (Research, Translation and Writing)

Written Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting) :

Unit 1

Spoken Expression and Response Exam:

8-10 minute assessment.

Questions related to stimulus followed by general questions on a topic area

30% of AS or 15% of total GCE

Unit 2

Understanding and Written Response Exam (Listening, Reading and Writing)

Section A: Listening

Section B: Reading

Section C: writing based on a stimulus

2 hour 30 minute paper

70% of AS or 35% of total GCE

A2 German

Unit 3

Understanding and Spoken Response in German

11-13 minute assessment: presentation of an issue followed by discussion

35% OF A2 or 17.5% of total GCE

Unit 4

Research, Understanding and Written Response in German

Section A

Translation

Section B

Creative or Discursive Essay

Section C

Research-based Essay

65% of A2 or 32.5% of total GCE

Practical Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, dates) : N/A

Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, submission dates) : N/A

Course Outline :

AS German

The course is divided into focussed learning areas to ensure that students are given the opportunity to cover all aspects of the German AS curriculum. These areas include; translation skills, comprehensions, essay writing and grammar. We use a wide range of learning and teaching techniques and exciting and stimulating challenges and activities to motivate our students, to deepen their learning and to promote independent thinking skills. We ensure our students are well-supported, but encourage them to take risks and to ask challenging questions.

A2 German

This course builds on the skills developed during the AS course. Again, in order to ensure that all areas of the curriculum are covered in depth, we use focussed learning areas. These include; translation skills, comprehensions, essay writing and grammar. Students are also encouraged to develop their debating strategies in the foreign language, to keep up with news and current affairs, and to be able to both hold conversations and write about these.

Entry Requirements (including prior qualification requirements e.g a GCSE in this subject at minimum B grade) : A GCSE of Minimum B Grade

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course :

You need to have a real passion for languages, and a desire for a challenge. You need to be able to motivate yourself to work independently, as well as be confident enough to take risks and have a go at expressing yourself in the target language. You need to be well-organised and a desire to travel is always an advantage!

Goes well with (complementary subjects) : Everything!

Pathways Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

The ability to master a foreign language puts you in a great position to apply for jobs in all sorts of spheres, from journalism to translation, to the business world, to science, to the creative arts, to accountancy. As long as you combine the language with the right subjects, no door will remain closed to you! Being able to speak another language will give you travel opportunities in the world of work and further education.

For further information, please contact:

E Kell (Head of Languages)

Edexcel website:http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/lang/german/Pages/default.aspx

Useful websites:

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk (for Spanish and French as well as German)

http://www.atantot-extra.co.uk (for Spanish, French and Italian, as well as German)

 

http://www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk/Curriculum/modlang/index_students.htm (Plus French, Spanish and Italian)

 

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