We aim to produce confident, capable linguists who can work independently across the four skills. We regularly review our curriculum and resources to ensure they are up to date and effective at meeting the needs of all our learners. We set high standards and encourage our students to be resilient, and to enjoy their language lessons.
As a department we believe that languages are for all and we strive to ensure that all students achieve their full potential. We recognise that we have a key role in promoting positive attitudes towards speakers of other languages and towards people from diverse cultures. We work to ensure that students finish the course prepared for the world of further study and work as global citizens.
In Year 7 and Year 8 students gain systematic knowledge of the phonics, vocabulary and grammar of their new language, and how these are used by speakers of the language. This knowledge is reinforced and regularly revisited with extensive planned practice in order to build the skills needed for communication.
During the KS4 course of study, students gain knowledge of five key topic areas, also known as themes, and the necessary skills to communicate confidently in their chosen language. Building on their KS3 learning, students will improve their linguistic skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by interleaving the three key strands: phonics, vocabulary and grammar.
At A level we explore the culture, current issues and trends in target language speaking countries. Knowledge of the language is deepened through the regular development of specific grammar points that complement the area of study, leading to greater sophistication.
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Curriculum Team Leaders for MFL – Mr Ian Green and Mrs Suzanne Roberts
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