MFL CURRICULUM

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                 

 

  • Introductions, numbers, dates, birthdays
  • School subjects and opinions
  • My Family and character traits
  • My Pets
  • Hobbies
  • After school activities
  • Food and Drink
  • Plans for the weekend
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                 

 

  • Modal verbs in connection with the topic of Hobbies and after school activities
  • Making plans for the future
  • My House
  • My responsibilities at home
  • Last weekend
  • My Holiday
  • My plans for next summer
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                 

 

  • Media
  • Money
  • Home town
  • Environment
  • School life
  • Future Plans
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!

 

 

Year 7             

AUT 1 Y7 FRENCH Assessment Preparation

AUT 1 Y7 GERMAN Assessment Preparation

AUT 2 Y7 FRENCH Assessment Preparation   

AUT 2 Y7 GERMAN Assessment Preparation 

  
SPR 1 Y7 GERMAN Assessment Preparation  

 

SUM 1 Y7 FRENCH Assessment Preparation

SUM 1 Y7 GERMAN Assessment Preparation

Year 8                 

 SUM 1 Y8 FRENCH Assessment Preparation

 SUM 1 Y8 GERMAN Assessment Preparation

 SUM 1 Y8 SPANISH Assessment Preparation

Year 9                 

 SUM 1 Y9 FRENCH Assessment Preparation

 SUM 1 Y9 GERMAN Assessment Preparation