The MFL Department contributes to the whole school curriculum intent by:
- Fostering pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world and of Spanish culture.
- Ensuring a “languages for all” approach to teaching all abilities
- Enabling pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language
- Providing opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes
- Equipping students with skills to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- Increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- Ensuring students can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- Allowing students to discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
- Providing the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries
- Promoting literacy and numeracy across all teaching, where applicable. The department will link to careers and contribute to whole school initiatives and promote staff well-being.
Implementation of the MFL Curriculum:
- Teachers within the MFL Department have a passion and sound subject knowledge, with expertise in external examining boards
- Teachers will provide a safe, engaging environment for learning through classroom management
- Teachers will blend all four language skills into lessons and will teach in the target language to ensure full immersion in Spanish
- All lessons will include elements of interleaving and retrieval to enable learners to reflect on what they have learnt
- Teachers mark and check learning and understanding, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback. Teachers will respond and adapt their teaching as necessary.
- Assessment is focussed on oracy, reading and writing, skills which are learnt, practised and embedded into language lesson routine.
- Teachers will have high expectations of all students to ensure students are independent learners who take pride in their work
- Links with Language department at Durham University provides meaning and purpose to real life language learning for our students
- Links with partner school in Spain allows students to practise oracy skills
- MFL enrichment week trip immerses students into Spanish life and culture
Impact of the MFL Curriculum:
- Learners within the MFL Department at Seaham High School will become more confident communicators and see a developed language proficiency.
- The impact of the curriculum will see an increased respect for other cultures and a sense of global community.
- Learners are ready to move to the next stage in education, employment or training. They will have embodied the school vision statement of ‘engaging minds and broadening horizons.’ Where applicable, they gain a GCSE Spanish qualification that allows them to go on to destinations that meet their aspirations