Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome

Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.


Aims & Objectives

  • To enable every pupil to develop their linguistic skills to their full potential.
  • To foster an awareness and appreciation of foreign cultures.
  • To be able to communicate effectively in the target language.

What are the aims of each area?

Listening/ Reading: to encourage a familiarity with the spoken / written language leading to a greater understanding.

Speaking/ Writing: to teach pupils how to become effective communicators in the target language in written and oral forms.


Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

What will our pupils study?

All pupils will study French in Years 7 and 8 and selected groups will also have one hour of German. In their study of French and/or German, pupils will follow the new Key Stage 3 Curriculum and they will have access to a range of resources, including brand new text books and online resources. The themes studied include: "family and friends", "clothes", "preferences" and "food" amongst others.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils will complete an extended piece of writing each term which they will then work on correcting and improving themselves with support and direction from their teacher. Pupils are also assessed internally at the end of each term. They will be tested on all four skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing) and these tests are based on the subject content they have just learnt.

How have our KS3 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 3 Results - French
Levels 5 and above
2016
 
65%

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11

What will our pupils study?

At the end of year 8 when the pupils are choosing which subjects to take at KS4, promising linguists are given the option of picking up German or Spanish at KS3. This could be in addition to choosing French or as an alternative, but it would only go ahead if enough pupils were to choose it. Most pupils will be encouraged to continue with their French studies.

Year 9 pupils will continue to use the Allez books that they used in KS3. This will build on prior learning and help to prepare them for more focussed GCSE work in Years 10 and 11.

Year 10 pupils will be the first to sit the new GCSE. Again, we will be using brand new textbooks, with online support, which have been specifically written with the new GCSE in mind. There are three main themes:

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Year 11 pupils will be the last to sit the current GCSE exam. Pupils will study four key concepts:

  • Lifestyle
  • Leisure
  • Home and environment
  • Work and education

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Year 9 pupils will be assessed internally, in much the same way as in Key Stage 3 but with extra emphasis on GCSE style tasks.

Year 10 will sit the new GCSE exam. This is a linear course with exams in all four skills at the end, in May/June '18. Each skill is worth 25% of the final grade.

Year 11 will sit the current GCSE exam which includes controlled assessments and exams in May/June '17. The fours skills are covered as follows:

  • Listening – exam – worth 20%
  • Reading – exam – worth 20%
  • Speaking – controlled assessment – worth 30%
  • Writing – controlled assessment – worth 30%

There is also a small class in Year 11 studying Spanish. They will also be completing the current GCSE as explained above.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 4 Results - French
A* - C % pass rate
2016
 
58%


Key Stage 4 Results - Spanish
A* - C % pass rate
2016
 
82%

What can it lead to?

A foreign language is useful in a many occupations and possible career paths including:

  • Teaching
  • Translation/Interpreting
  • Banking
  • European Business
  • Tourism

Accommodation & Resources

There are four classrooms, each with an interactive whiteboard and a range of audio visual resources. There is a suite of 16 computers and 16 laptops which all staff and pupils have access to. All classrooms have recently been refurbished. We have recently purchased the latest text books and supporting online resources, which have all been tailored to the new curriculum and GCSE.


Summary

A wide range of methodology is used to interest and engage pupils, including extensive audio visual and electronic resources. Each week a pupil is chosen as "Linguist of the week" and receives a certificate and a letter of commendation. Pupils may have the opportunity to take part in a French trip and later this year we are looking forward to a French theatre company coming into the school to perform a play entirely in French. The faculty believes firmly in the value of acquiring linguistic skills and developing a greater understanding of foreign cultures.