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: Tricolore and Expo in French and Mira and Listos in Spanish. The course covers grades 1 to 7 overall and aims to embed both grammar and topic vocabulary hand in hand with cultural exploration.
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, with all MFL GCSEs, is based on 60% controlled speaking and writing coursework and 40% exams in listening and reading skills. 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 such as new technology, the environment, healthy lifestyles and relationships with friends and family.
Key Stage 4 Options
Pupils in Year 9 have the option of taking on another language at GCSE. This year, we have offered Italian as an additional language for current Year 9 pupils, which they will study alongside their core language (Spanish).
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 targets for each KS together with clear level or grade criteria and are encouraged to participate in the assessment process, by setting targets themselves, alongside their class teacher. Regular marking with constructive oral and written feedback helps pupils to identify strengths and areas for development and to make progress. Each year group has at least one set of formal examinations in the hall as well as half termly assessment tasks.
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