Within the department we teach Spanish and French up to A Level but also have enrichments that provide guidance for native speakers of other languages who wish to take formal examinations in their native tongue. There is also a wide selection of self-taught language CD roms available for students to make use of in their own time, at school.
In addition, we strongly encourage students to attend enrichments or study sessions after school in order to deepen their understanding of the language they are studying or try new ones.
|Mrs U Storey||Head of MFL|
|Mrs M H Watson||Second in Department/Head of French|
|Mrs S Barrett||Teacher of MFL / Head of Year|
|Miss A Tumelty||Teacher of MFL / Head of Training School|
|Mrs M Boden||Teacher of MFL|
|Miss Gilroy||Teacher of MFL|
|Miss S Baker||Teacher of MFL|
|Miss J Davies||Teacher of MFL|
|Mrs S Devereux||MFL Learning Mentor|
|Miss P Sterckx||French Language Assistant|
|Miss M Hernandez||Spanish Language Assistant|
All students at KS3 are taught French (X band) or Spanish (Y band) in tutor groups in year 7. They are set according to ability from year 8, with two set ones who then pick up a second language, each of one period per week. The remaining classes focus on their initial language for two periods a week. Students who need greater support in English will study one language only.
The KS3 French scheme of work is based around Métro 1 to 3 and the GCSE Edexcel text with cultural reference points such as WW2, Haute Couture and French film being key themes in Year 8 -9 especially. Likewise, the KS3 Spanish scheme of work from year 7, is based on Listos 1 – 2 and the GCSE Edexcel text with cultural reference points such as The Spanish Civil War, Immigration, Latin America and film being key themes.
The additional GCSE material is utilised in Year 9 in order to incorporate challenge and better prepare for KS4. Extra departmental resources are used to enhance teaching and the new KS3 SOWs especially are designed to fit in with the new MFL framework and programmes of study. To further support learning, there is a wealth of ICT support available on the school network, including the new Kerboodle digital material, as well as material and links on the MFL Blog.
At KS4 pupils opting for GCSE languages receive three lessons per week depending upon which option group they are in for Spanish and/or French. All GCSE groups follow the new AQA GCSE course in Year 10 and 11 over 2 academic years.
The new AQA linear course has 4 examinations in listening, speaking, reading and writing, which will be assessed for the first time, in the summer of 2018, and they are all worth 25%. During these two years the students may also be given the opportunity to participate in a foreign visit to France or Spain as well as university visits in order to deepen their understanding of their language. They may also receive extra tuition, at least once a fortnight, with a foreign language assistant in order to boost their language skills.
The MFL department also encourages pupils to be entered for GCSE examinations in community languages or other languages that are spoken at home, whether they are learning the language formally or not. Support for these examinations is provided through our enrichment programme.
For more information, please view the GCSE AQA specifications for French or Spanish and refer to the MFL Blog for revision material and useful links.
At KS5 students opting for GCE languages receive 5 lessons per week and follow the Spanish and/ or French new AQA course which will be examined for the first time in the summer of 2018.
There are three units which cover the four basic skills as well as grammar and culture where they study literature and film. They are encouraged to participate in visits abroad to enhance their learning and also have the opportunity to participate in work experience during year 12 or year 13. All students also receive extra tuition, at least once a week, with a foreign language assistant in order to boost their language skills. Support for these examinations is provided through our enrichment programme.
For more information, please view the A-Level specifications for French or Spanish and refer to the MFL Blog for revision material and useful links.
All students are grouped according to their abilities from year 8. This is based on KS2 data, year 7 tests in the, MFL and teacher assessment and is under review due to the large number of students now studying a MFL in Primary.
Students in KS5 have 2 teachers who each deliver a part of the GCE course.
Priority is given to both KS4-5 students for lessons with the MFL assistant.
All students are encouraged to work independently in and out of the classroom and develop their L2L skills as well as make good use of the resources made available to them via the Academy website and FROG materials.
Assessment is in line with the whole school policy. Students are given comments and/or a grade/’step’ on their work where appropriate and are encouraged to apply strategies discussed in class to allow them to succeed.
Formative assessment is considered a priority within the department and all staff will use the TSR code in student books to encourage students to set targets, strategies to achieve them and review these on a regular basis. Time is also given to reflect upon learning in set lessons and all students are encouraged to aim for their PBs (personal best-progress bubble!)
In addition, in terms of summative assessment, all students are assessed in all the four attainment targets and receive reports according to the Academy assessment calendar.