Modern Foreign Languages
The Modern Foreign Languages faculty is a successful department where students learn either Spanish or French. Our enthusiastic team of teachers pride themselves on their good relationships with their students and sharing their passion for language learning in every lesson. Students studying Spanish and French learn about the key grammar necessary to communicate in the language, but also about the literature, history, cultural celebrations, and cinema from countries which speak these languages. The MFL department have a wide range of resources to support students learning including dictionaries, textbooks, and access to online websites.
KS3 Curriculum and Assessment:
In Year 7, students will start their language learning by becoming language detectives and be able to recognise key patterns in the language they are studying. They will then study a range of topics which include introducing and describing themselves and others, talking about their family and pets, using the present tense, and giving opinions, describing their life at school and what they do in our free time.
In Year 8, students learn about food and drink, how to describe their home and town and their holidays. Throughout each module they will also develop their grammar skills and learn how to successfully use the past and future tenses.
In Year 9, students deepen their knowledge even further. They will study the topics of technology and media, leisure, and healthy living (including Spanish or French traditional dishes) and deepen their knowledge of the topic of school. Throughout Year 9 they will revisit key grammar and learn new grammar along the way.
Throughout KS3 students will explore important historical and cultural events such as the French Revolution and the Mexican Day of the Dead as well as understanding more about the geography of French and Spanish-speaking countries around the world.
Students in KS3 will be assessed at two key assessment points in the year, and this happens across all years at KS3. Students will complete a module-based assessment to assess their understanding of the content they have been learning.
KS4 Curriculum and Assessment:
Using the 9-1 AQA linear specification, the course continues developing the five skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading, Translation and Writing. Our KS4 Scheme of Learning is written in line with the AQA GCSE French or Spanish courses published by OUP. A key feature is Kerboodle, an online platform which students will be given access to and can use this both in and out of school. These resources recap and extend the knowledge and understanding gained in Key Stage Three and help to prepare students for the GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11.
Pathways beyond school:
Where can your languages take you ….
By learning languages, you develop a vast range of skills such as improved communication skills, critical thinking skills, problem solving, and improved memory to name just a few. These are all invaluable skills that can lead you into a wide range of careers/ professions. Languages are also classified as a facilitating subject preferred by universities to get on to a range of degree courses. Take a look at the infographic below for the different career paths you could take by knowing another language. The world is your oyster!