At Bishop Thomas Grant School students are able to study Polish language at GCSE level and at A-Level in the Sixth Form.
Polish at GCSE
For students in years 7 to 9 we offer one lesson of Polish a week after school. The study content includes a number of different topics such as holidays, school, friends, family, future plans, the seasons of the year, animals and plants, transport, hobbies, protection of the environment, shopping and types of landscapes.
During the lessons students can improve their Polish grammar and orthography and they can familiarise themselves with Polish customs, important historical events and interesting places in Poland. These lessons help students prepare for the GCSE exam in Year 9 in May/June and therefore some of the lessons are dedicated to the practise of exam papers.
After completing the course, students are expected to:
- show an understanding of a variety of spoken language that contains some complex language
- produce an extended sequence of speech using a variety of vocabulary, structures and verb tenses
- identify main points, details and points of view and draw simple conclusions
- express and explains ideas and points of view
- understand variety of texts relating to a range of context
- write for different purposes and contexts about real or imaginary subjects
GCSE Polish Course Content
- Relationship and Choices
- Free time and Media
Home and Environment
- Home and Local Area
Work and Education
- School/College and Future Plans
- Current and Future Jobs
- Reading, writing, listening, speaking
- Knowing, understanding and applying Polish grammar
GCSE Polish Exam
The GCSE Polish exam consists of four components: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. The Listening, Reading, and Writing are organised and supervised by the AQA Examination Board and they take place in school. The Speaking component is conducted by the Polish language teacher who works at the school and the recordings are marked externally by AQA examiners.
GCSE Polish Listening (Unit 1)
The listening exam consists of seventeen questions to be answered in 45 minutes. Each item in the test is heard twice. There is five minutes reading time before the test. The test is awarded a maximum of 60 marks which count for 25% of the whole exam grade.
GCSE Polish Reading (Unit 2)
The reading exam contains seventeen reading tasks requiring non-verbal responses or responses in English and it takes 1 hour. There 65 marks on offer in this exam which is 25% of the whole exam grade.
GCSE Polish Speaking (Unit 3)
The speaking exam lasts for between 10 to 12 minutes and it represents 25% of the whole grade. Students can receive a maximum of 40 marks. The test consists of two sections: Presentation and Discussion and General Conversation. Students need to prepare to speak for between 30 and 90 seconds and then they are asked questions linked to their presentation. The topic of their presentation can be drawn from the course content or can be their own. General Conversation is focused around two topics drawn from the course which differ from the topic of the presentation.
GCSE Polish Writing (Unit 4)
The writing exam requires from students to write two texts in Polish. The tasks allow them to use the variety of structures, express their personal opinions, write descriptively or imaginatively and present points of view. The writing lasts for 1 hour and it represents again 25% of the whole grade.
How Can I Help My Child in Polish?
It is very helpful for your child to read good books in Polish for children and it is possible to borrow books in Polish form our school library.
Students will also benefit from reading quality newspapers and magazines in Polish or following quality websites. It is possible to buy quality newspapers in some Polish shops and the titles "Goniec Polski" and "Cooltura" which are available for free, are recommended.
It is beneficial for pupils if parents DO NOT help them with their homework by telling them all the vocabulary they do not know. Encouraging them to look up the words in a dictionary so that they can gain the habit of using either a paper or an electronic dictionary is of greater help.
Pupils can practice reading and grammar by doing exercises from the book by Barbara O’Driscoll "Dla polskiego ucznia. Podręcznik do nauki jezyka polskiego w szkolach przedmiotów ojczystych" (2008, London: Polska Macierz Szkolna).
Those pupils who will complete their Polish GSCE and would like to continue to learn Polish after school can learn Polish through Polish history once a week. To participate in these lessons the book "Kocham Polskę. Historia Polski dla naszych dzieci" by Joanna i Jaroslaw Szarkowie will be required. This is a beautifully illustrated book about Polish history which is highly recommended and can be read with the whole family as it promotes Catholic values. You can buy this book either in the bookshop in POSK or through the website "Księgarnia u Marzeny".