Welcome to the Languages department
The MFL department comprises three subject specialists including one native Spanish speaker. We offer both French and Spanish to GCSE.
Madam Balch – Head of Languages
Senior Shane – Teacher of Spanish
Senior Navarro – Teacher of Spanish
Phase 2 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
Our Phase 2 Scheme of Learning is based around the very interactive and fun Active Learn programme, which caters for a variety of learning styles to engage all learners.
Students in Year 7 have the opportunity to study one half term of Spanish and one half term of French before making an informed decision about which one to pursue as their language of choice for their continuing MFL studies. They will begin to focus on their chosen language from January 2021.
As we firmly believe that studying a language is one continuous journey, Phase 2 students will be introduced to some elements of GCSE exam technique from the start, such as translation, describing a photograph and role play conversations.
MFL Topics – Year 7
|AUTUMN TERM 1||STUDENTS WILL BE STUDYING SPANISH UNTIL HALF TERM||Mi vida|
|AUTUMN TERM 2||C’est perso||STUDENTS WILL BE STUDYING FRENCH UNTIL CHRISTMAS|
|SPRING TERM 1||Mon collège||Mi tiempo libre|
|SPRING TERM 2||Mes passetemps||Mi insti|
|SUMMER TERM 1||Ma zone||Mi familia y mis amigos|
|SUMMER TERM 2||3..2..1 Partez!||Mi ciudad|
MFL Topics – Year 8
|AUTUMN TERM 1||T’es branché(e)?||Mis vacaciones|
|AUTUMN TERM 2||Paris, je t’adore!||Todo sobre mi vida|
|SPRING TERM 1||Mon identité||¡A comer!|
|SPRING TERM 2||Chez moi, chez toi||¿Qué hacemos?|
|SUMMER TERM 1||Quel talent?!||Operación verano|
|SUMMER TERM 2||Studio découverte||Las vacaciones|
MFL Topics – Year 9
|AUTUMN TERM 1||Ma vie socio d’ado||Somos así|
|AUTUMN TERM 2||Bien dans sa peau||¡Oriéntate!|
|SPRING TERM 1||A l’horizon||En forma|
|SPRING TERM 2||Spécial vacances||Jóvenes en acción|
|SUMMER TERM 1||Moi, dans le monde||Una aventura en Madrid|
|SUMMER TERM 2||LOOKING AHEAD TO GCSE / Project for those not continuing||LOOKING AHEAD TO GCSE / Project for those not continuing|
Phase 3 (Years 10 and 11)
AQA GCSE in French
AQA GCSE in Spanish
The course is made up of 3 main subject areas called themes:
Theme 1 – Identity and culture (relationships, social media, music, cinema food, sport, festivals and customs).
Theme 2 – Local, national, international global areas of interest (home and local area, charity work, healthy living, environment, poverty, holidays/travel and French regions).
Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment (school subjects, school and college, university, work and career).
During the course students will also acquire translation skills, learn how to deal with authentic texts, learn vocabulary and build on grammatical knowledge.
Students must complete formal assessments in listening, speaking, reading and writing. These will be conducted at the end of the two year course. Each of these represents 25% of the overall numerical grade. The speaking component, which includes a role-play, a photo card and a general conversation element will be conducted by the teacher and marked by an external examiner
MFL Topics – Year 10
|FRENCH and SPANISH|
|AUTUMN TERM 1||THEME 1 IDENTITY AND CULTURE UNIT 1: Me, my family and friends|
|AUTUMN TERM 2||THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL and GLOBAL UNIT 5: Home, town, neighbourhood and region|
|SPRING TERM 1||THEME 3 CURRENT and FUTURE STUDY & EMPLOYMENT UNIT 9/10: My studies / Life at school and college|
|SPRING TERM 2||THEME 1 IDENTITY AND CULTURE UNIT 3: Free-time activities
THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL and GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 6: Social Issues pt 1
|SUMMER TERM 1||THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL and GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 6: Social Issues pt 2
THEME 1 IDENTITY & CULTURE UNIT 4: Customs and Festivals
|SUMMER TERM 2||THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL UNIT 8: Travel and tourism|
MFL Topics – Year 11
|FRENCH and SPANISH|
|AUTUMN TERM 1||THEME 1: IDENTITY AND CULTURE UNIT 1: Marriage and Partnerships
THEME 3: CURRENT AND FUTURE STUDY & EMPLOYMENT UNIT 11: Education post 16
|AUTUMN TERM 2||THEME 3: CURRENT AND FUTURE STUDY & EMPLOYMENT UNIT 12: Jobs, career choices and ambitions
THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 7: Global issues pt2
THEME 1 IDENTITY AND CULTURE UNIT 2: Technology in everyday life
|SPRING TERM 1||THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 7: Global issues pt1|
|SPRING TERM 2||THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL and GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 6: Social Issues
THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 7: Global issues
|SUMMER TERM 1||Exam Preparation|
|SUMMER TERM 2||Exam Preparation|
Some modern language graduates work on a self- employed basis as interpreters or translators. However, many others choose careers not directly related to their subject but where there is the opportunity to use their language skills, for example working for companies who trade or offer services internationally or to non-English speaking customers and suppliers.
This means that language graduates work for a huge variety of employers and sectors, including:
- business services
- charity work
- museums and libraries
- public administration
- transport and logistics