Head of Communications Faculty Mrs R O’Brien
Head of Spanish Miss J Pyke
Head of German Mrs H Duchene
Teacher of MFL Miss R Selvanayagam
Teacher of MFL Mrs L Armes
Faculty mission statement/aims
In Modern Foreign Languages we aim to create independent learners with great collaborative and communication skills. Learning a language is a life skill which enhances job prospects, and provides an enriching experience which broadens horizons and improves intercultural understanding. Our lessons are engaging, interactive and dynamic which promote an ethos of spontaneous speaking in the foreign language which in turn helps to increase student’s self-confidence.
To provide students with opportunities to become confident, resilient and articulate linguists. Developing an awareness and understanding of Spanish and German culture and raising aspirations in the world of work.
In Key Stage 4 students study German and follow the AQA exam board. This GCSE is linear meaning that students will sit all of their exams at the end of the course. Students are examined on the four skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Subject content in Year 10 and 11 covers 3 main themes:
Theme 1: Identity and Culture
Them 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
For further information on the syllabus and exam board please see: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668/specification-at-a-glance
The following pathways currently study Spanish:
Year 7 Purple, Red and Green Pathways
Year 8 Purple
Year 9 Purple 1
We aim for students to use language spontaneously; to ask and answer questions and to give opinions on a variety of topics.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Family and friends||Holidays||Daily routine|
|Free time||Technology||Future plans|
|School||Food||Health and diet|
|My town||Rights and responsibilities|
The following pathways study German:
Year 8 Purple, Red and Green Pathways
Year 9 Purple, Red and Green Pathways
We encourage students to become independent learners with a focus on core language and grammar.
|Year 8||Year 9|
|Technology||Poverty and homelessness|
|Home and environment||Jobs|
Homework reflects the needs of the students and the outcomes of classroom learning. Homework includes learning topic vocabulary with the help of the online language application Memrise. Students are given a takeaway style homework each half term which includes research and stretch and challenge tasks.
We expect students to come to lessons prepared and ready to learn. Students should be ready to contribute and listen to others. Students should be prepared to be risk takers and to attempt all tasks to the best of their ability.
Language learners should be resilient, to improve language skills students should try to immerse themselves in the language; try listening to foreign music, take an interest in global news or watch a movie in another language.