• Whole School Peru
  • Whole School French

Modern Foreign Languages

You will develop awareness and understanding of Hispanic, Francophone and Chinese culture, looking at the key topics of local area, holiday, future career, leisure, work and education.  
 
You will improve your grasp of the language, interacting with native speakers in a variety of real-life situations that make use of the transferable skills that are learnt in class.
 
You will develop your ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing.
 
You will use the four language skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) to become a competent communicator.
 
You will practise your spoken and written skills alongside a native speaker ( language assistants).  You will also have the opportunity to practise your language in a variety of ‘real life’ situations. 
 
You will work independently and in groups. You will grow in confidence as you work in pairs and small groups and take part in role plays.
 
You will be supported by using a variety of interactive learning websites in addition to educational games and songs. Your learning will also be supported by the use of ICT (IPads and ‘language lab’ style activities). 
 
Key Stage 3 
 

You will learn by listening and understanding longer passages, identifying and noting main points and some details. You will be able to cope with language spoken at near normal speed. You will also take part in conversations (at least 3 or 4 exchanges), be able to give information & opinions and ask questions, understanding comprehension texts in the foreign language, and gain confidence in reading out aloud.

You will be able to communicate effectively through writing in the target language. You will learn to write an extended piece of writing from memory. You will also demonstrate the ability to manipulate the language, using and adapting a variety of structures and vocabulary.

High Achieving Learners are given stretch and challenge tasks in classwork and homework, as well as additional resources for independent learning at home.

Teachers support vulnerable learners by applying strategies put in place by the learning support team as well as adapting lesson activities to suit the individual learner’s needs. We also use the sloping board provided by the SEN department to help students who are struggling with writing tasks. The language assistants also provide one to one interventions to help students who are underachieving. 

There are many enrichment opportunities in the MFL department, such as lunch time and after school homework clubs. In addition, we also have trips to China town and the Europa centre. We have also organised ‘in-school’ events, such as Chinese New Year celebrations, The European day of languages celebrations, as well as the Chinese Martial art workshops and interactive French and Spanish drama workshops.

Key Stage 4

In the MFL department, we are using the AQA exam board.

 

The content covered includes:

  • Listening and Understanding (Foundation or Higher Tier) 25% of the total qualification.

Students are assessed on their understanding of standard spoken language by one or more speakers in a range of public and social settings.

  • Speaking (Foundation or Higher Tier) 25% of the total qualification.

Foundation tier:7-9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time

Higher tier: 10-12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in the target language for different purposes. There are three tasks which must be conducted in the following order:

Task 1-a role play based on one topic that is allocated by the exam board.

Task 2-questions based on a picture stimulus, based on one topic that is allocated by the exam board.

Task 3-conversation based on two themes. The first theme is based on the topic that is chosen by the student in advance of the assessment. The second theme is allocated by the exam board.

  • Reading and Understanding (Foundation or Higher Tier) 25% of the total qualification.

You will be assessed on the understanding of the target language across a range of different types of texts, including advertisements, emails, letters, articles and literary texts.

  • Writing (Foundation or Higher Tier) 25% of the total qualification.

You will be assessed on your ability to communicate effectively through writing in the target language.

 

You will use the four language skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) to become a competent communicator.

 

You will practise your spoken and written skills alongside a native speaker (language assistants).  You will also have the opportunity to practise your language in a variety of ‘real life’ situations.

 

You will work independently and in groups.  You will grow in confidence as you work in pairs and small groups and take part in role plays.

 

You will be supported by using a variety of interactive learning websites, such as Kerboodle, AQA Exampro, Vocab express and quizlet. We also have MFL Ipads to engage learners in a more interactive and competitive way.

 

High Achieving Learners are stretched with higher tier classwork and homework tasks, as well as having a grade 9 checklist to ensure they are working at the highest level to reach their maximum potential. We also provide the PiXL independent learner booklet, as well as the authentic reading materials. (Mary Glasgow magazines.)

Teachers support vulnerable learners by providing them with the example of a WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like) for each topic covered, in order to support and guide them in writing tasks.

By applying strategies put in place by the learning support team as well as adapting lesson activities to suit the individual learner’s needs, we support the vulnerable learners. The language assistants also provide one to one interventions to help students who are underachieving. 

There are many enrichment opportunities in the MFL department, such as lunch time and after school homework clubs. We also provide additional period 6 lessons to ensure the HAL’s are stretched, and the borderline students are given opportunities to improve and get additional support. In addition, we also run the trip to China and have done residential trips to Spain and France. They will also have the opportunity to be involved in the French and Spanish drama workshops.

Community Languages

We have a wealth of community languages spoken within our school and students are given the opportunity to achieve an additional GCSE in their mother-tongue.

Key Stage 5

A2 and AS Spanish and French are available for our Sixth Form students to choose from.

Year 12 students also benefit from an optional 10 week taster course in Mandarin Chinese.

A2 and AS Spanish