Key Stage 3 Courses
Year 7 and 8 follow a unit based course written by the department in conjunction with up to date and accessible courses: Studio 1 and Studio 2 in French and Mira 1 and Mira 2 in Spanish. The course covers levels 1 to 9 overall and aims to embed both grammar and topic vocabulary hand in hand with cultural exploration. Assessments mirror the GCSE format and prepare pupils for similar assessments on entering KS4.
Key Stage 4 Courses
Following the school decision to adopt the shortened Key Stage 3 model, students begin their GCSE courses in year 9. The department currently uses the AQA Linear GCSE course which consists of equal weight across all disciplines: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing. The GCSE course builds and extends upon the key areas of MFL studied in Key Stage 3 and also covers age appropriate and interesting topics across the three themes of the New AQA GCSE qualification
Key Stage 4 Options
Pupils in Year 9 have the option of taking on another language at GCSE. We currently offer Italian as an additional language for Year 9 pupils, which they will study alongside their core language (Spanish or French).
The department takes pride in delivering high quality objective led lessons following the three part structure and using a wide range of differentiated and stimulating activities and resources. There are good relationships between staff and pupils and a positive working atmosphere in lessons. Pupils have three one hour lessons in key stage 3 and three in key stage 4 and homework is set at least once a week for all pupils. All MFL classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and wireless access to the school network and internet. Pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 have their own netbooks for use in lessons and computer facilities are available for younger pupils to use.
Pupils are taught in ability sets for MFL where possible in all year groups, and lessons are planned and delivered accordingly.
Assessment for learning is integral to all lessons and pupils work towards aspirational targets. Pupils are provided with their targets together with clear level criteria and are encouraged to participate in the assessment process, by setting personal targets themselves, alongside their class teacher. Regular marking with constructive oral and written feedback helps pupils to identify strengths and areas for development and how to make progress. Each year group has at least one set of formal examinations in the hall as well as half termly assessment tasks across the 4 disciplines.
There is a weekly languages support session open to all pupils, which takes place after school on Wednesdays (3pm – 4pm). GCSE students also have the opportunity to attend extra classes after school and study days prior to their exams.