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27/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'sanguine'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/tQHOS2zjsG

24/06/22

This week in our Weekly Vlog, Mr Anderson speaks about the huge success of our School Production earlier this week. You will also see a few sneak peek performances from their rehearsal! Check it out here: https://t.co/ElctOw7Etj https://t.co/U4ag8bWtTL

22/06/22

Did you know that today is ? Our Year 7 students have been set two challenges by Mrs Vincent to help promote this important occasion! https://t.co/bNci5wQrvM

22/06/22

Earlier this week we welcomed who performed a fantastic production of 'What you Will' to our students. It was a great engaging introduction to and it transported our students to the world of Elizabethan Theatre! https://t.co/HQWLa4MQpj

22/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'laudable'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/GLQFLblBBy

21/06/22

We are excited to confirm that there are a few limited tickets still available to purchase for our school production this afternoon! Booking details can be found here: https://t.co/ro78Wv7I9i https://t.co/1hXHHripY1

21/06/22

After months of rehearsing, we are so excited to see our students perform in our first ever school production, 'Will Power', this afternoon! Good luck to our students taking part and special thanks goes to Mr Anderson and Mr Lee for all of their hard work! https://t.co/xub2gMsHS2

20/06/22

We are so happy to hear that SST's first ever school trip was a big success on Friday. Our Choir students went to Thorpe Park and had a great time! https://t.co/L3QIUiH1y3

17/06/22

Our students enjoyed the weather yesterday afternoon as Miss Orme moved 'Make it Club' to the Courtyard to make the most of this glorious sunshine ☀️#ExtraCurricular https://t.co/iDjdRmLuR2

15/06/22

This week in Drama, our Year 8 students are learning sequencing, and are seen here performing still images! https://t.co/xi7uEibghq

14/06/22

This morning we are off to Primary School for a Transition Meeting. Tilly, Oliver and Will are looking forward to speaking to the students joining us next year! https://t.co/B9o3LbPgJw

14/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'Iniquitous'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/omofup2Udb

13/06/22

As part of our transition, there will be a series of weekly challenges for our newest recruits to take part in which are uploaded every week! This week we are challenging students to a Drama challenge. Head over to our website for further info! https://t.co/Z6eqOKai3b https://t.co/LCcdJORzPg

09/06/22

We are delighted to announce Briony, Year 8, has been commended in the Spanish category for the South East region. Well done Briony! https://t.co/C3XeIF5oYK

09/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'perpetrator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/pFbBEcLEcF

08/06/22

With June being GRT History Month, our students learnt about what makes a home for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community in assembly this morning! https://t.co/DsrMUdJkRm

07/06/22

This morning Mr Payne, Yasmina and Emilis are off to Leeds & Broomfield CE Primary to meet with the Year 6 students starting with us in September! We are excited to start our Primary visits this term https://t.co/YuZw1R0d9a

07/06/22

We are so happy to welcome our students back for Term 6 after a restful break! We are looking forward to another packed full term! https://t.co/OWSZS7oOhl

26/05/22

Our students continued their project in collaboration with today. They have been discussing how our different cultures are affected by issues raised by the United Nations in their Sustainable Development Goals and how we can work towards a more sustainable future! https://t.co/t2tIkJGMfh

25/05/22

This week we are celebrating Citizenship Week by challenging our students to plan a local project taking action on one of the sustainable goals! https://t.co/xw3mgbMl6r

24/05/22

Recently we challenged our newest recruits to an Art Challenge, as part of . They were asked to photograph objects or settings which have human characteristics. We were so impressed with the entries! Check out these brilliant submissions from Oscar, Eliana & Ava! https://t.co/rc5Xa3vuTC

23/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'bystander'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/DasJ6cuLKE

20/05/22

We are so proud of our Girls Football Team who made it through to the final yesterday! After a brilliant performance we sadly lost in a penalty shootout however their achievement goes down in our SST history as the first team to make it to a final! Well done girls! https://t.co/UVZRGvSO9k

19/05/22

Good luck to our Year 7 and 8 Girls Football Team playing in the championship final this afternoon at the Gallagher Stadium! https://t.co/mdQdUACkGX

18/05/22

Session 5 is all about reflection and evaluation. Our students have been busy updating their competencies on their iPads using ! https://t.co/f9bNDFHMJP

18/05/22

During session 4 of our we welcome Matt from “We are with you” agency. He is speaking to our students about peer related issues including risks of drugs, energy drinks and the consequences of taking drugs! https://t.co/0NjCeWaVoH

18/05/22

Session 3 is all about prejudice related incidents. Here they are working hard to create a poster to explain what they have learned! https://t.co/D3ixBkokWK

18/05/22

Session 2 is focused on students working together. They have learnt that everybody is different in lots of different ways and we need to treat everybody the same. https://t.co/u5kFWKuKRo

18/05/22

Session 1 of our is focused on exploring stereotypes! Our students are understanding the importance of not judging a book by its cover! https://t.co/qaoZVVaICR

18/05/22

The sun is shining for our Empower Day! Today will be a series of sessions focused on reacting to situations in life and considering how our reactions and actions can affect others! https://t.co/cfbsF83zf6

18/05/22

Today is the day of our Students v Staff Football match! If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here: https://t.co/xRLAUCbluM https://t.co/hnP6aX0crR

17/05/22

Today we virtually hosted a school in Belgium, where three teachers taught a STEM lesson to our Year 7 students. This is part of a long standing relationship between and https://t.co/Vu7z4eubVd

17/05/22

We are pleased to open our school for current Year 5 students and parents to take part in a student led tour on the following dates! Head over to our website to secure a ticket: https://t.co/VYfMaksVIa https://t.co/tXDVUHK6hW

16/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'collaborator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/3wYtcuUodw

12/05/22

Today we had the 1st session of our 'Learning Alliance Beyond Borders' project that 15 SST students will be working on with students from . They will be learning about each other’s cultures, and working together to look at innovative ways to tackle climate change! https://t.co/h2Uyujn8ZU

11/05/22

Check out this car that the students in GreenPower Car Club have made! They enjoyed doing some practice runs yesterday without the body work of the car in place so that they can check everything is working properly before it is raced! https://t.co/oPXmXTVCm2

10/05/22

Congratulations to our Girls Football team who only went and got through to the Championship FINAL! They will be playing at Gallagher Stadium on Thursday, 19 May. Further information on how you can watch will be available soon! https://t.co/kzW0O6yIgL

09/05/22

We are thrilled to announce our long-awaited Staff vs Students football match, which will be taking place after school on Wednesday, 18 May, to raise money for our Library. If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here: https://t.co/xRLAUBTcgE https://t.co/NRwMOlKEtr

09/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'resistance'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/sSHHaJbNXQ

06/05/22

Check out how much fun we had raising money for Ukraine by cycling from Kent to Kyiv last week in our weekly vlog! Who else is super impressed with Mr Lee's slow motion cycling?! https://t.co/uNwz14fz7z https://t.co/qMAGGMgJ7g

Languages and Linguistics

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The Languages and Linguistics includes the following:

- Mrs J Vincent – Lead Teacher of Languages and Linguistics
- Miss M Dupont – Teacher of Languages and Linguistics
- Miss R Haupt – Teacher of Languages and Linguistics

As a vital member of the curriculum at SST Maidstone, the Languages and Linguistics department leads an inquisitive curriculum which challenges students to understand the mechanics of languages, applying concepts to both French and Spanish. Students are supported to develop their vocabulary in the subjects as well as learn more about the culture of other countries across the world.

The Languages and Linguistics department runs a Quizlet club each week for French and Spanish, as well as a German Club and has entered its first team in the 'Routes into Languages' Spelling Bee! The department run various whole school linked events through the year such as European Day of Languages and Hispanic Day.

The department has strong collaborative links with other departments, such as:

  • Representing data from speaking surveys using different mathematical models
  • Comparing and evaluating different translations of bible passages
  • Termly foci on countries being studied in Geography
  • Exploration of legacy of historical political shifts on the languages of Europe. 

Curriculum Intent

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Here at SST we are committed to inspiringempowering and equipping our students for a life of language learning. 

By equipping our students not only with a knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in French and Spanish, but with an understanding of the science of languages, from morphology to syntax, and diacritical markers to gender and number categories, we will empower them to tackle any language that they should need for living and working in and beyond modern Britain. This grounding in linguistics will also improve their competencies in English and encourage them to cast a critical eye over their own communication skills in spoken and written language, complementing and extending their studies across the curriculum.

In addition, exposure to the weird and wonderful nature of the world’s diverse languages family will inspire our students to look beyond the limits of their own language and explore what else is possible, questioning their assumptions and the world-view shaped by the language we speak. Did you know Dyirbal recognises five gender categories, for example? Finally, through engagement in international cultural events such as the European Day of Languages our students will be inspired to pursue the international outlook and appreciation without which they cannot hope to become global citizens.

Curriculum Topics

Year 7

 

  • Linguistics: the IPA and accentuation 
  • French and Spanish: greetings and personal introductions 
     
  • Linguistics: number and gender  
  • French: describing yourself and your family 
  • Spanish: classroom items, describing yourself and your family
     
  • Linguistics: tense and aspect 
  • French: food and drink 
  • Spanish: free-time activities. Both: verb conjugation in the present, past and future 
     
  • Linguistics: morphology 
  • French: local area and free-time activities 
  • Spanish: house and home 
     
  • Linguistics: intonation, pace, gesture and body language 
  • French: giving directions and making plans to go out 
  • Spanish: school timetable, facilities and rules
     
  • Linguistics: literary genres across time and languages 
  • French: the French-speaking world 
  • Spanish: local area 

Year 8

  • Linguistics: listening and reading strategies
  • Spanish: holidays 
  • French: fashion and free time 
     
  • Linguistics: language change over time
  • Spanish: media and technology
  • French: France and other countries
     
  • Linguistics: translation theory
  • Spanish: diet and health
  • French: holidays
     
  • Linguistics: multilingualism
  • Spanish: fashion and shopping
  • French: transport and holidays
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  • Linguistics: loan-words
  • Spanish: culture across the Hispanic world
  • French: technology
     
  • Linguistics: planning and proof-reading
  • Spanish: local and global issues
  • French: issues for teenagers 

Year 9

  • Languages and Linguistic Foundations
  • French 
  • Spanish 

Year 10 and 11

Students will continue French and/or Spanish into GCSE. Students who opt for the Languages and Linguistic Foundations course will re-opt for another subject.

Year 12 and 13

Language options will be available in the Sixth Form at SST, or other schools within the Maidstone Campus. 

Transition Information

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Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3

Students are provided with additional support where they have not previously studied a language.

There is an opportunity for students to join the Vocab Taskforce, a group which develops strategies and tips for learning languages.   

Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4

Throughout Key Stage 3, students are encouraged to think about the next stage of their transition, with a Foundation Year in Year 9 allowing students to explore the learning of languages in more depth. During Key Stage 3 and the Year 9 Foundation Year, students are educated on the benefits of speaking another language in a range of careers which they may not have considered. 

Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5

During the GCSE course, students are given an awareness of application of the language in different contexts and how learning a language for A Level and at University extends from the GCSE syllabus. 

Links with Sixth Form students at other schools on the campus allows discussion with GCSE students so they can find out more about aspiration.

Beyond Key Stage 5

Students are given opportunities to look at different routes to learn languages beyond the Sixth form, including the role of additional languages in jobs involving apprenticeships, college courses and University modules.