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MFL Curriculum Overview Statement

Modern Foreign Languages (French, German & Spanish)

The Modern Foreign Languages curriculum at Poole Grammar School has three elements:

1) Intent: What do we learn?

2) Implementation: How do we learn it?

3) Impact: How do we know we have been successful?

Intent

French, German and Spanish are taught in Years 7-13 at Poole Grammar School. All lessons are taught by experienced subject specialists. Two languages are studied from Year 7; one of which must be French, as most students arrive at Poole Grammar School having learnt some French at primary level. Students are given the choice of either opting for German or Spanish before arriving in Year 7. The study of one foreign language is compulsory at GCSE (Years 10 & 11) and two languages are taught from Year 7 to Year 9 (when students choose their GCSE options). We believe that students should experience a broad and balanced curriculum at Poole Grammar School, which is why we stipulate the learning of foreign languages at both Key Stages 3 and 4.

Typically, each half term during the academic year is devoted to one topic/theme area of the scheme of work. Grammar and relevant skills or strategies are incorporated into lessons as they appear in the text book or programme of study. The schemes of work for each language are loosely based around the topics appearing chronologically in the relevant text books used in the department. Teachers use their own additional resources to supplement existing material. Expo 1 and 2 are used for Key Stage 3 French. Zoom 1 is used for Key Stage 3 German. Así is used for Key Stage 3 Spanish. GCSE and A Level classes for all three languages follow the AQA endorsed text books for both specifications.

In MFL lessons, students develop their competencies in all four of the key skills areas (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Students also have the opportunity to develop a number of soft skills such as confidence, creativity, problem-solving and global citizenship/awareness.

The MFL curriculum is ambitious and appropriate for all learners. All teaching staff in the department are degree-qualified and possess the necessary skills to adapt lesson content to the needs of all students. We are fortunate enough to have two native speakers in the department and they offer us a rich cultural insight into the countries where the languages are spoken. A considerable amount of time each year is devoted to the evaluation of programmes of study with changes being implemented as and when required. The department also employs a tri-lingual language assistant who works with mostly A Level and GCSE students to improve their speaking skills and cultural awareness.

Implementation

Learning is coherently embedded through the development of linguistic knowledge and skills over time and through overlapping concepts. Students are assessed at three points during the academic year and these tests are usually modular and skills-based, except for GCSE and A Level where the assessments include a wider range of content and skills.

Students at Poole Grammar School study the following topics in their MFL lessons (2019-2020):

Year 7

French (Expo 1)

German (Zoom 1)

Spanish ( Así 1)

Autumn 1

Introductions

Introductions

Introductions

Autumn 2

Family & Friends

Family & Friends

Spring 1

At home

Life at School

Family & Friends

Spring 2

Town

Summer 1

Life at School

Free-time & Hobbies

Town

Summer 2

Free-time & Hobbies

 

Assessment: Writing

 

Year 8

French (Expo 2)

German (Zoom 1)

Spanish ( Así 1)

Autumn 1

Family & Home

Food & Drink

Freetime & Hobbies

 

Assessment: Listening & Reading

Autumn 2

Free-time & Hobbies

Town

Town

Food & Drink

Spring 1

Trips & Holidays

Daily Routine

Spring 2

Going out

Clothes & Shopping

School

 

Assessment: Writing

Summer 1

Food & Drink

Trips & Holidays

Trips & Holidays

Summer 2

Clothes & Shopping

 

Assessment: Speaking 

 

Year 9

French (AQA GCSE Foundation)

German (AQA GCSE Foundation)

Spanish (AQA GCSE Foundation)

Autumn 1

Life at School

Life at School

Life at School

 

Assessment: Reading & Translation (into English)

Autumn 2

Work & Future Plans

Work & Future Plans

Work & Future Plans

Spring 1

Free-time & Hobbies

Free-time & Hobbies

Free-time & Hobbies

 

Assessment: Writing

Spring 2

Free-time & Hobbies

Free-time & Hobbies

Free-time & Hobbies

Summer 1

Health

Health

Health

Summer 2

Town & Local Area

Town & Local Area

Town & Local Area

 

Assessment: Listening & Grammar

 

Year 10

French (AQA GCSE Foundation & Higher)

German (AQA GCSE Foundation & Higher)

Spanish (AQA GCSE Foundation & Higher)

Autumn 1

Holidays

Holidays

Holidays

 

Assessment: Writing & Translation (into TL)

Autumn 2

Town & Local Area

Town & Local Area

Town & Local Area

Spring 1

Health & Voluntary Work

Health & Voluntary Work

Health & Voluntary Work

 

Assessment: Listening

Spring 2

The Environment & Social Issues

The Environment & Social Issues

The Environment & Social Issues

Summer 1

Life at School

Life at School

Life at School

 

Year 10 Exam: Reading & Translation (into English)

Summer 2

Work & Future Plans

Work & Future Plans

Work & Future Plans

 

Assessment: Speaking

 

Year 11

French (AQA GCSE Foundation & Higher)

German (AQA GCSE Foundation & Higher)

Spanish (AQA GCSE Foundation & Higher)

Autumn 1

Holidays

Holidays

Holidays

 

Assessment: Writing

Autumn 2

Town & Local Area

Town & Local Area

Town & Local Area

 

Assessment: Translation (into TL)

Spring 1

Health & Voluntary Work

Health & Voluntary Work

Health & Voluntary Work

 

Year 11 Trial Exam: Reading & Listening

Spring 2

The Environment & Social Issues

The Environment & Social Issues

The Environment & Social Issues

Summer 1

Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation

 

Impact

The way foreign languages are taught at Poole Grammar School ensures that all learning is challenging, well-pitched and enjoyable. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to study a foreign language, so that they leave the school with an awareness and appreciation of international values.

By the end of Key Stage 3, students will be able to understand and respond to a number of different prescribed topic areas in the target language. Students will be able to recognise and use the three time frames or tenses (past, present and future), whilst also giving basic opinions about their interests in the target languages. Students will also be able to translate short passages into English and the target language.

By the end of Key Stage 4, students will be able to understand and respond in more detail to a wide range of topic areas in the target language. Students will be able to recognise and use a number of different time frames or tenses, whilst also giving sophisticated opinions about their interests and other important issues in the target language. Students will be able to translate more detailed texts into English and the target language. Students at Key Stage 4 will also be able to manipulate language for new contexts.

By the end of Key Stage 5, students will be able to understand and respond in great detail to an extensive range of subjects and issues in the target language. Students will be able to recognise and implement a wide range of grammatical structures and relevant vocabulary. Students will be able to construct convincing arguments in the target language on a wide range of important current issues. Students will be able to give, dispute and defend a wide variety of points of view. Students will be adept at translating longer passages into English and the target language. Students at Key Stage 5 will be proficient at producing fluent pieces of writing and speech akin to that of undergraduate standard. Students will also show an appreciation of cultural works in the target language, both cinematic and literary.