Introduction to the Subject
The MFL Department currently offers three modern foreign languages, German, French and Spanish as well as Latin.
All pupils choose between German and French in Year 7 – the majority of pupils are able to study their chosen language in Year 7.
The most able pupils continue with their chosen language from Year 7 into Year 8, where they get to learn a second modern foreign language, which this year is Spanish. We are looking to extend the second foreign language offer in Year 8 so pupils can choose from all three languages.
Latin is currently taught as enrichment on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The vision of the MFL Department: MFL Vision.pdf
|Year 7: Aims
To teach pupils the basics of vocabulary and grammar of either German or French, with a view to preparing them for GCSE study. Each topic has been chosen to reflect the requirements of the GCSE curriculum and pupils are taught the most important grammar aspects in each language right from the beginning to allow them to transfer those skills to all topic areas in the coming years.
All four core skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) are practised in equal measure and we have high expectations on knowledge and application of grammar and a wide range of vocabulary.
|Year 7: Content
|Year 7: Assessment
Each topic is assessed in half termly assessments with focus on grammatical accuracy and range of vocabulary
|Year 7: Teaching
Each language has been allocated two period per week in the timetable
Pupils who study two languages in Year 8 have four periods of MFL altogether
|Year 8: Aims
To extend pupils’ knowledge and application of vocabulary and grammar
To allow pupils to communicate effectively and accurately, with a focus on frequently used words and phrases in German, French and Spanish
|Year 8: Content
|Year 8: Assessment
All topics are assessed in half termly assessments, with a focus on independent writing and consistent application of grammar.
The assessments are based on GCSE assessments tasks and take a similar format to enable pupils to get used to the expectations of GCSE exams.
|Year 8: Teaching
Pupils have two periods per language in Year 8. The most able pupils are learning either German or French as well as Spanish.
|Year 9: Aims
The Year 9 syllabus focuses on providing pupils with the fundamental skills in all four areas (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) to ensure the confidence of pupils in their GCSE Foundation Year. We aim to solidify pupil knowledge in at least four tenses through introduction and reinforcement, providing pupils with the opportunity to build more complex sentences.
|Year 9: Content
|Year 9: Assessment
All topics are assessed in half termly assessments, with a focus on independent writing and consistent application of grammar. The assessments are based on GCSE assessments tasks and take a similar format to enable pupils to get used to the expectations of GCSE exams.
|Year 9: Teaching
Pupils have two periods per language in Year 9. The most able pupils are learning German or French, as well as Spanish.
|Year 9: Further information
Recent events and opportunities.
We are in the process of building relationships with schools within the target country to provide pupils with more purposeful opportunities to use the target language. The Department is also putting in place provision for native speakers to enable them to take the GCSE this year.
|SUMMER 1 Resources|
|Accurate spelling is the foundation of good grades and making progress at Key Stage 3 and 4. Each pupil should be learning a minimum of 6-8 new words / phrases each week. There will be weekly tests on these in class. Learning spellings can be fun – create flashcards, games and get other people involved to quiz you. Getting spellings right is a really easy way to feel success with your language learning.
Please use the “Big Picture” guides below for this half term. We would really like parents/carers to be involved in their child’s learning, so please let us know if you find any strategies for learning spellings particularly useful with your child. Do not hesitate contact the MFL department if you have any questions. Merci!