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Foreign Languages

Course description 

In the MFL department, our mission is to help students maximise their ability to communicate effectively with people from other countries and to understand their cultures, attitudes and customs. We believe in developing communicative skills and encouraging intercultural knowledge and understanding. We hope to open students’ minds to different cultures and to nurture a lifelong passion for language learning. We also aim at supporting every child with the development and knowledge of their own language.

Key Stage 3 

Years 7, 8 & 9

Year 7

  •  Key language about me.
  •  My family and pets
  •  Food and drinks
  •  Buying items in shops
  •  In town
  •  Inviting people to go out
Year 8
  • My family and friends
  • The weather and leisure activities
  • Tv programmes and films
  • Clothes and fashion
  •  Holidays
  • Food shopping and meals

Year 9

  • Talking about people around me
  • Health - aches and pains
  • Health - New Year's resolution and healthy eating
  • Health - physical activities
  • School
  • Future plans

Assesing Progress

Students are assessed every half term in at least one of the four skills (Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening). Vocabulary tests take place every fortnight in order to encourage a frequent practice and memorisation of essential vocabulary for the future. 

Key Stage 4 

Year 10 & 11

Students will study and prepare for the GCSE examinations to be sat at the end of year 11. AQA board will be used for current year 10 and OCR is being used for current year 11.

List of topics as per examination board:

Topic area 1 : Home and local area

  • Life in the home, friends and relationships
  • Local area,  facilities and getting around

Topic area 2 : Health and sports

  • sports, outdoor pursuits and healthy lifestyle
  • food and drink as aspect of culture and health

Topic area 3 : Leisure and entertainment (include online).

  • socialising, special occasions and festivals
  • TV, film and music.

Topic area 4 : Travel and the wider world

  • Holidays and exchanges
  • Environmental, cultural and social issues

Topic area 5 : Education and work

  • school life in the UK and in the target language country
  • work experience, future studies and jobs, working abroad

Year 10 GCSE Course – ALL assessments to take place in the summer term of year 11.

Assessment:
Paper 1        Listening (Foundation or Higher)
Paper 2        Speaking
Paper 3        Reading (Foundation or Higher)
Paper 4        Writing

Year 11 GCSE Course – 2 assessments to take place in the summer term of year 11.

Assessment:
Paper 1        Listening (Foundation or Higher)
Paper 2        Speaking – controlled assessment
Paper 3        Reading (Foundation or Higher)
Paper 4        Writing- controlled assessment

Assessing Progress

Tracking assessments will continue regularly throughout year 10 and 11 at least half termly and take the form of tests and practise examinations.  There will be a formal Mock examination period during Spring 2 for year 11 and in July for year 10. 

Homework

There will be homework tasks assigned on Doddle that students will need to complete.  It is vital that these tasks are completed in the time frame to ensure the full learning experience is covered.  Homework completion is one of the criteria for qualifying for the termly Rewards Trip.

Paper copies of the vocabulary to learn better at home are provided to each pupil during lesson time.

Safeguarding

Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe.  This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.

Equipment

All students are expected to bring a pen and a ruler in order to be prepared for learning.