The Modern Foreign Language (MFL) rooms are fully equipped for innovative classroom work; with each room having an interactive whiteboard, projection and ICT facilities, allowing teachers to provide a full multimedia experience for students.
Spanish provision has been extended across the MFL curriculum. Staff able to teach Spanish include:
Modern foreign languages are an important part of the KS3 curriculum because not only do they develop key employment skills such as communication, problem solving and attention to detail, they also contribute to other important skills such as working with others, improving own learning, plus numeracy and literacy across the curriculum. Studying a foreign language therefore specifically supports English by teaching things such as grammar and sentence construction and covers the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Students study either French or Spanish in Years 7 to 9 and students have two lessons per week. At the end of year 9 students may opt for either French or Spanish. In Year 9 students commence a 3 year GCSE route.
Course content for KS3 Spanish includes:
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All students are given the opportunity to study a modern foreign language at KS4. GCSE Spanish is delivered in Years 9, 10 and 11. Year 10 follow the AQA examination board specification and this will continue into Year 11. Students are able to sit foundation or higher tier examinations in this subject.
Course content for GCSE Spanish includes the following topics:
Students are assessed in the four key skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The assessments are all equal in weight 25% for each of the 4 skills. All are tested at the end of Y11. Newly added course content means there is a now a role play, photo card and general conversation on two of the topics covered for GCSE. Students also have a short translation task to do in the reading paper.
Grading in MFL now uses the 1-9 system with 1 being the lowest and 9 being the highest (A**).
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