MFL is taught by

Mr J Demart CTL MFL & French teacher
Ms M Vaquera Assistant Head Teacher/French & Spanish Teacher
Ms B Hickling-Moore Lead Practitioner/Spanish Teacher
Ms A Lebreton Pastoral Achievement Leader/French Teacher
Ms K Fiore Community Languages Coordinator/French and Spanish Teacher
Ms M Olcina Perez French & Spanish Teacher
Ms M Gamez Gutierrez Spanish Teacher
Ms D Mabiala Spanish & French Teacher

KS3

Curriculum content and aims

In Year 7 and Year 8, students are exposed to vocabulary on a range of topics, related to GCSE topics. Students will develop strong basic language skills and vocabulary to give them the confidence and independence they need to continue with French or Spanish at GCSE level. Students will practise and develop speaking, writing, reading and listening skills. They will also learn about the culture of the target language countries.

Details of studies per year

Year 7 Autumn Term Topic: Myself and my family
Language Focus: 1st and 3rd person description; present tense

Year 7 Spring Term Topic: My house, daily routine and house chores
Language Focus: present tense; description

Year 7 Summer Term Topic: Food and drink; youth culture
Language Focus: present and past tense; giving opinions and justifications

Year 8 Autumn Term Topic: My city and local area
Language Focus: present and past tense; description

Year 8 Spring Term Topic: Holidays
Language Focus: present, past and future tense; description and opinions

Year 8 Summer Term Topic: My School, education and future plans
Language Focus: present, past and future tense; description and justification.

How are they assessed

In Year 7 and Year 8, students are given regular feedback by teachers on the written work they produce for homework. Students will complete listening, reading, writing and speaking assessments once per term.

Home learning (frequency and expectations)

Home learning is set via Show My Homework once a week. Students should be spending one hour on this homework.

KS4

Courses offered –inc BTEC and examining board.

GCSE French and Spanish
Examining Board: Edexcel

Curriculum content and aims

Students will consolidate and expand on the topics seen in year 7 and 8 to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the target language. We aim to develop resilient, independent linguists who can apply the language spontaneously and confidently.

Details of studies per year

Year 9 Autumn Term:
Identity and Culture – everyday life; relationships with family and friends

Year 9 Spring Term:
Identity and Culture – youth culture; food and drink; interests

Year 9 Summer Term:
Identify and Culture – festivals and religion; customs; shopping and fashion

Year 10 Autumn Term:
Local Area, Holiday and Travel

Year 10 Spring Term:
School

Year 10 Summer Term:
Future Plans, Aspirations, Study and Work

Year 11 Autumn Term:
International and Global Dimension – Events; Campaigns and Good Causes; the Environment

How are they assessed.

Students are given regular feedback by teachers on the written work they produce for homework and in class. Students are assessed termly in listening; speaking; reading and writing using assessments based on GCSE exam materials.

At the end of year 11, students will sit 4 exams, each worth 25%: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Home learning (frequency and expectations)

Home Learning is set once a week via Show My Homework and students should spend 60 to 90 minutes per week completing it. In addition to this, students are expected to revise vocabulary from their books regularly. We recommend 30minutes every 2 days to build up a wide range of vocabulary needed for GCSE.

How parents/carers can support their child

Take an interest in what your child has studied in their Spanish / French lessons and look through their book with them. Let them explain to you what they have learned. Make them learn vocabulary and question them to see how much they know from memory.

Possible careers.

Achieving a good grade in languages is essential to achieve the Ebacc performance measure. The Ebacc is now crucial for most Alevel subjects and university courses.

Languages are extremely valuable for further education and university. Most top colleges and universities require students to have studied a language at GCSE to be accepted.

At university, languages can be studied jointly with most other degrees which opens many opportunities to study and work abroad and in the UK.

In the UK, many companies are suffering because they can’t find employees with good language skills. Having a GCSE or even an A level in a foreign language will increase your employability considerably in any field.

More traditional language careers include journalism, teaching, translation, international law and business.

Useful websites

Duolingo 
BBC Bitesize - French
BBC Bitesize - Spanish
Memrise
Newsmap

How parents or other members of other public can find out more about the curriculum/syllabus you are following.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/modern-languages-2016.html

Name of person in your department who parents can contact if they need more information about your syllabus.
Mr J Demart

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