Modern Foreign Languages
In our department we encourage language learning and cultural awareness in order to prepare our students for a better understanding of the world.
Lead Teacher of MFL
French & Spanish
Head of Department
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
(2 lessons per week)
All our students study French at Key Stage 3. We use Expo (1-2-3) which are a lively and easy-to-use French course for students of a wide range of ability. They are topic–based courses, which are underpinned by a clear grammatical progression.
All the activities are matched against the National Curriculum Levels.
Key Stage 3 French Curriculum Map
Year 11 French Curriculum Map
GCSE French Curriculum Map
In Year 9 we also offer Spanish to some students (as well as French). We use Listos.
Year 7 Spanish Curriculum Map
Year 8 and Year 9 Curriculum Map Spanish SOW 2016 2017 (1st year studying Spanish)
GCSE Spanish Curriculum Map
Homework is set at least once a week and it involves learning vocabulary, paragraph / dialogue writing, grammar exercises.
Vocabulary tests, writing without notes and end of module test (every halfterm) in one / two of the 4 skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing).
(3 lessons per week)
We use Expo (AQA GCSE French) and Mira! (AQA GCSE Spanish). At Key Stage 4, students can opt to take French or Spanish.
The GCSE examination consists of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
There are 2 Controlled Assessments in Speaking and Writing, which are done over 2 years.
Speaking = 30% Listening = 20%
Writing = 30% Reading = 20%
We also enter our bilingual students for GCSEs in their mother tongue.
Students consolidate their previous knowledge of vocabulary and expand it. Therefore vocabulary learning remains a homework task as well as writing about different topics and past paper practice.
Vocabulary tests, extended writing, question answering.
2 controlled assessments in Speaking and 2 controlled assessments in Writing.
AS / A Levels in languages at college.
University: Languages combined with other subjects or on their own.
Some universities are requesting a language GCSE (Russel Group)
As part of the new Baccalaureate, a language GCSE is now compulsory.