Modern Foreign Languages
Head of Department – Miss K Lees
Language learning is a life skill highly valued by employers and universities in today’s global job market. As a team we aim to deliver a stimulating, quality first learning environment in which students of all abilities feel supported, valued and challenged on their language learning journey.
Through Enrichment projects, MFL club and language workshops we also aim to develop wider cultural awareness and offer students an insight into other languages spoken within our school community and beyond.
Students study either German OR Spanish on entry in year 7. They have 3 x 70 min lessons a cycle (2 weeks) and all MFL groups are mixed ability.
MFL lessons are delivered with enthusiasm and focus on interactive, fun activities which maximise engagement and promote a positive learning environment for students.
Our curriculum at KS3 focuses on developing and embedding language learning skills through a variety of theme based projects.
“My Fairytale Family”
“Through the Keyhole”
“Life at School”
“Gruffalo Creative Writing Project”
“The World of Work”
Year 9 is a FOUNDATION year in which we focus on developing a range of transactional language and structures for use in real life scenarios e.g at the train station, in a shop, buying tickets etc… There is also an emphasis on developing spontaneous speech, knowledge of grammar and understanding of customs and traditions.
In year 10 and 11 we follow the AQA course for both German and Spanish.
2019-2020 MFL Programme of Study
How we assess students
Students are assessed at the end of each unit of work on two or more skills:
LISTENING, SPEAKING, READING and WRITING
Students are formally assessed for GCSE in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing (25% each) at the end of year 11 (there is no controlled assessment).
Extra Curricular Opportunities
Year 8-11: Christmas Markets trip to Cologne, Germany.
Year 9+10: Munich trip, Germany
Languages Club (all years): every Thursday after school
Coming soon: We are currently developing links with a school in Leverkusen – the Freiherr-vom-Stein Gymnasium in Leverkusen