MFL - Curriculum Information
In Year 7, the five themes studied are: Identity and culture; Local area, holiday and travel; School; Future aspirations, study and work; International and global dimension. Language is chosen to reflect the world students live in, using contexts familiar to them in their everyday lives and teaching them the vocabulary that they need to communicate in a foreign language with young people of their own age on topics that interest and stimulate them. Grammar is taught in context and includes the present tense, the conditional tense, possessive articles, opinions and the near future tense. The four key skills are Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
In year 8 the five key themes of Identity and culture; Local area, holiday and travel; School; Future aspirations, study and work; International and global dimension are revisited in more depth and with greater emphasis on more complex structures and contexts. Key grammar skills from year 7 are revisited and are built on with the addition of the imperfect tense, perfect tense, modal verbs, the imperative, reflexive and separable verbs and the future tense.
In year 9 the five key themes of Identity and culture; Local area, holiday and travel; School; Future aspirations, study and work; International and global dimension are revisited and extended through new and more challenging contexts including authentic texts, poems, literature, songs and film. The four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are equally covered.
At Key Stage 4 students follow AQA GCSE German, French and Spanish.
We use high quality resources, Schemes of Work and assessments. Extended writing is a consistent focus through KS3 and KS4, supported by our Key Questions writing assessment done at the end of each unit of work and at the end of each year of study. The MFL Team of teachers and their students have a good knowledge of success criteria and teachers use data effectively.
Aims of the MFL department
- To enable all students to make maximum progress in their languages lessons whilst enjoying varied learning activities
- To teach students to be responsible and independent learners
- To provide students with literacy, study and thinking skills that help them across the curriculum
- To enrich students’ lives by providing them with the cultural aspects of the languages they are studying
Mr M. Beda - Assistant Headteacher / Subject Leader (French)
Ms K Nicholas - Deputy Leader of Modern Foreign Languages, Teacher of German and French
Ms. O. Ignat, Teacher of Spanish and German
Mr. S. Ygon, Teacher of Spanish and French
Ms J Baptiste - Teacher of French and Spanish
Ms H Varley - Teacher of French and Spanish
5 well resourced classrooms
Learning Resource Centre
Access to 4 modern ICT Suites
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things." - Flora Lewis
KS3 (Year 7, 8 and 9)
At Key Stage 3 most students focus on studying one foreign language (currently French or Spanish). Top sets in Year 7, 8 and 9 both study French and German. Students cover a range of every day topics and practise their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and translation we use a variety of authentic learning resources, all of which prepare students for studying a language at GCSE and for using language in real-life situations.
KS4 (Year 10 and 11)
At Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA GCSE course. Over the two years the course covers the three themes of: Identity & Culture (Me, my family and friends; Technology in everyday life; Free-time activities; Customs and festivals in target language countries/communities); Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Home, town, neighbourhood & region; Social issues; Global Issues; Travel and tourism) and Current and future study and employment (My studies; Life at school/college; Education post-16; Jobs, career choices and ambitions)
Alongside the curriculum content, students continue to improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing which are separately assessed skills with equal (25%) weighting. Speaking exams consist of describing a photo, conservation questions and a role-play.
Period 6 - Wednesdays
For Easter Revision Sessions, please see under Teaching & Learning, Exam Support.
The importance of languages in other subjects