Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Vision

‘The decision to learn a foreign language is to me an act of friendship…to get to know you better, to draw closer to you and your culture, your social manners and your way of thinking’
- John le Carré –

Our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum aims to open our students’ eyes to the wider world beyond the hills of the High Peak, through learning to communicate confidently, effectively, and empathetically in an increasingly globalised world. Students are encouraged to understand the value of knowing a foreign language, looking beyond their own community and learning that communicating within a range of international settings has the power to make a positive difference in the world.

Knowledge and skills

Through our aspirational and innovative programme of study in Year 7, students learn key grammatical concepts in French, German, Spanish and English, drawing on their primary school literacy as a starting point for their journey as foreign language learners. Students quickly develop an awareness of language families, understanding how geographical and historical influences have shaped the way that French, German, Spanish and English function as independent but related languages. From year 7 onwards, students learn fundamental and foundational grammar that underpins the languages studied in order to successfully manipulate them, thus empowering them to be competent and independent language learners.  Furthermore, students build confidence in listening to and speaking the language through a carefully scaffolded programme of phonics, starting in year 7. Furthermore, through learning about different customs and traditions in France, Germany and Spain, students boost their cultural capital and acquire a curiosity about life in different countries.

From year 8 onwards, students will choose one of the three foreign languages. By allowing the students a free choice in their language, we aim to create engaged, focussed and aspirational language learners.  Our approach is inclusive, allowing success at all academic levels.

During years 10 and 11, students acquire a mastery of the language that allows them to talk not only about themselves but about wider world issues, such as climate change and social issues. Using the grammar studied in years 7 - 9 as a starting point, students build a more comprehensive toolbox of verb tenses and grammatical structures, enabling them to understand and manipulate a wide range of complex language. Students develop confidence in dealing with the unknown, problem solving and independent learning.

Context

Within a predominantly English-speaking rural area, we aim to equip our students with knowledge and skills that they will use for the rest of their lives, whether that be an enhanced understanding and appreciation of their own language, or to spark a passion for further language study and international travel. We love running a fun and thought-provoking programme of trips, which enhance not only our students’ language skills, but also their cultural capital. We believe that everyone is a linguist, and through our innovative, inclusive and inspiring curriculum, we aspire to open our students’ eyes to the wonderful world of opportunities that speaking more than one language can provide.

Curriculum Content

Year 7

In year 7 all students follow our Modern Foreign Languages programme. Students study French, Spanish and German and revisit grammar covered in KS2 literacy. Links are made between the three foreign languages and English, and students are provided with a firm grounding in the grammar and phonics of each language, as well as cultural knowledge. At the end of year 7, students choose one of the three foreign languages to study in years 8 and 9, with the aim that they continue with their chosen language through to GCSE.

Year 7 MFL

Grammatical terms such as definite and indefinite article, nouns, adjectives, verbs, connectives, intensifiers and negatives.

Phonics for each language.

Cultural knowledge of France, Spain and Germany.

Years 8 and 9

In year 8 students study one of French, German or Spanish and continue with this in year 9, with the aim that they continue with that language through to GCSE. The current year 9 cohort (2019-20) study French, Spanish or German. Depending on class sizes and numbers opting for each language, students are taught in mixed ability groups or in sets.

French

Coursebooks used Allez 1 & 2
Recommended websites for research or revision www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password)
www.languagesonline.com
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study
Year 8 French Topics include: self, family and friends, physical descriptions, pets, home, school, food and drink, places in a town, clothes, weather, hobbies, sport, holidays, life in francophone countries.
Year 9 French

Topics include:
Comparing life in France and the UK
Media – tv, cinema, music, reading, technology and social networks
Family relationships, teenage problems, helping at home, pocket money
Healthy eating, festival and special occasions
Holidays and travel
Places to live
Jobs and world of work

German

Coursebooks used Zoom Deutsch 1 & 2
Recommended websites for research or revision www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study
Year 8 German Topics include: self, family and friends, physical descriptions, pets, home, school, food and drink, places in a town, clothes, weather, hobbies, sport, holidays, life in German speaking countries.
Year 9 German Topics include:
Family, friends and relationships, helping at home, daily routine, describing past events, festivals and holidays, television and media, hobbies, illness and parts of the body, healthy eating and lifestyle, travel and transport, environment, part time jobs, future career plans.

Spanish

Coursebooks used

Zoom Español 1 Spanish
¡Claro! 2

Recommended websites for research or revision www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study

 

Year 8 SPANISH

Topics include: self, family and friends, physical descriptions, pets, home, school, food and drink, daily routine, places in a town, clothes, weather, hobbies, media, holidays.

Year 9 SPANISH

Topics include:Healthy eating and lifestyle, travel and transport, holidays, media, television, cinema, music, clothes, shopping, relationships, global issues, the Hispanic world.

Years 10 and 11

We run GCSE options in French, German and Spanish. We encourage all our pupils to seriously consider studying a language to GCSE level. Although studying a modern language at GCSE level can be challenging, it is also rewarding, and a highly valued qualification. Our department has a strong track record of GCSE success.

French Spanish German
Qualification GCSE 1-9 GCSE 1-9 GCSE 1-9
Board AQA AQA AQA
Syllabus number 8658 8698 8668
Website link http://www.aqa.org.uk/
subjects/languages/
gcse/french-8658
https://www.aqa.org.uk/
subjects/languages/
gcse/spanish-8698
http://www.aqa.org.uk/
subjects/languages/
gcse/german-8668
Assessment details Terminal exams:
Listening 25%
Speaking 25%
Reading 25%
Writing 25%
Pupils take either the Higher paper (Grades 9-5) or Foundation paper (Grades 5-1) for all four skills.
Terminal exams:
Listening 25%
Speaking 25%
Reading 25%
Writing 25%
Pupils take either the Higher paper (Grades 9-5) or Foundation paper (Grades 5-1) for all four skills.
Terminal exams:
Listening 25%
Speaking 25%
Reading 25%
Writing 25%
Pupils take either the Higher paper (Grades 9-5) or Foundation paper (Grades 5-1) for all four skills.
Recommended coursebook AQA GCSE French 3rd Edition Higher
AQA GCSE French 3rd Edition Foundation
AQA GCSE Spanish 3rd Edition Higher
AQA GCSE Spanish 3rd Edition Foundation
AQA GCSE German 3rd Edition Higher
AQA GCSE German 3rd Edition Foundation
Recommended revision guides CGP GCSE French revision guide and vocab book.
Both available vis ParentPay.
CGP GCSE Spanish revision guide and vocab book.
Both available vis ParentPay.
CGP GCSE German revision guide and vocab book.
Both available vis ParentPay.
Recommended websites www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password) www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password) www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password)

Educational Visits and Extra-Curricular information

The department aims to offer students a real experience of the language they have studied and the culture it represents through educational visits. The governors are strongly committed to offering MFL visits every year.

Most recently 28 students visited Berlin for four days in October 2019. Students were able to practise their German, experience a cosmopolitan European city and visit the sites.

Our current programme of educational visits has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are keen to resume a full and varied programme of visits to France, Spain and Germany as soon as it is safe to do so.

Speakers of other languages

Students who are speakers of other languages are supported and encouraged to sit qualifications in those languages. Parents should contact the exams officer, Mrs Storer, to discuss this in the first instance.


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