Our Curriculum Intent
All of our languages programmes have recently been updated to reflect changes in the way pupils learn and to incorporate the school-wide programme of recap and review of previous learning. This aims to give pupils the best chance of success in their future careers.
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: Claro 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).
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 hours of lessons in both key stage 3 and key stage 4 and short, interactive homework is set twice a week for all pupils in order to consolidate learning. All MFL classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and wireless access to the school network and internet. Pupils across the school have their own iPads for use in lessons and there are additional computer facilities are available in the ICT suites.
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 for KS3 and KS4 pupils across French, Spanish & Italian. GCSE students also have the opportunity to attend extra classes after school and study days prior to their exams.
For further information about French please visit the official course website by clicking THIS LINK.
For further information about Italian please visit the official course website by clicking THIS LINK.
For further information about Spanish please visit the official course website by clicking THIS LINK.