Modern Languages

KS3 Modern Languages

KS3 Modern Languages 

Intent

MFL serves a cultural and linguistic purpose in that it exposes students to foreign language and culture, therefore promoting global citizenship. Students joining SBS have had varied experiences of languages at primary school. Our curriculum seeks to build on prior learning at KS2 by reinforcing vocabulary, basic grammar and transactional language. The KS3 curriculum allows students to explore diverse topics and more complex grammar, allowing them to express themselves in a foreign language. The curriculum sequences knowledge and skills, builds on prior learning and enables students to widen their understanding, knowledge and use of a variety of language competencies. It also serves to enrich students’ use of their mother tongue through comparison of the language and culture of another country. The curriculum promotes skills transferable to a wide range of careers.

 

Curriculum sequence

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

 

Year 7

French

 

Introduction to the language; introducing yourself

Family and pets

 

School

 

Hobbies and Free time

 

Town and Local Area

 

Holiday Plans

Year 8 French

Illness and Healthy Living

 

The Internet, Books, Films and Television

 

Food and Mealtimes

 

“Mon Identité” – clothes and talking about the wekend

 

Holidays

 

Les Choristes

 

Year 7 Spanish

Introduction to the language; introducing yourself

Family, Animals, Superheroes

Sports and Free time activities

School

Home and and Local Area

Holidays (Present tense)

 

Year 8

Spanish

 

Food

Healthy living and Hobbies/Activities

Technology

Films/TV

Shopping and clothes.

 

Holidays (Past, Present and Future)

 

Developing Skills

Over the course of the KS3 curriculum students are afforded the opportunity to develop their linguistic competence.  Students are provided with listening and reading strategies, and the length and complexity of tasks increase as does the range of materials used. Students develop their verbal and written skills by expressing their opinions and ideas with increasing complexity and accuracy. The modules in the MFL curriculum are carefully chosen to introduce and build upon core grammatical concepts. Knowledge of these core concepts is interleaved throughout the curriculum to improve recall and long term memory so that students can apply them to new contexts.

 

National curriculum links

Our curriculum matches the breadth and ambition of the KS3 National Curriculum. It offers students the opportunity to experience learning through different contexts, enabling them to develop better cultural capital, literacy and understanding. Prior linguistic and grammatical knowledge is revisited and applied to new contexts and topics.

 

Meeting the needs of SEND and Pupil Premium students 

In line with whole-school priorities, MFL teachers place SEND and Pupil Premium students at the centre of our lesson planning.  Key to ensuring this is high quality teaching: we direct questions to Pupil Premium students, check their understanding regularly and frequently provide verbal feedback. Alongside this, students receive written feedback using the CAR feedback system. Students are given opportunities, in lesson time, to act on their feedback.

Ensuring SEND and Pupil Premium students can access our MFL curriculum is extremely important to us and these inclusive strategies, which benefit all students, are particularly supportive for vulnerable learners:

  • Vocabulary lists are provided for each module, providing students with support from lesson to lesson.
  • Sentence builders / grids are used to provide support beyond single word level.
  • Regular opportunities for retrieval.Students regularly retrieve knowledge from previous lessons, the beginning of the module and previous modules
  • Students are given strategies for decoding language when listening and reading. They are taught how to revise vocabulary.

Retention 

Our curriculum is taught to be remembered.  Retrieval practice is embedded into lessons, students complete starters incorporating retrieval tasks and quizzing of vocabulary.  Throughout Key stage 3 students are supported with revision skills. 

Homework

In MFL homework is set at least once a week and should take 30 min to complete. Typical homework tasks will include: rote learning of vocabulary and grammar, vocabulary revision and practice using online websites, written pieces, creative tasks, grammar exercises and reading a text and answering questions.

 

 

Assessment 

Students are assessed at the end of every module and undertake an end of year exam. The end of module assessments cover one or two of the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation. Over the course of a year students will therefore have been assessed in all skills. 

Assessments will cover the topic content of the module to give students the opportunity to retrieve and apply key knowledge from the module they have been learning. However, they grow in complexity with regards grammatical and linguistic structures. The structure of the assessments allows every student to access them and to experience success.

End of module assessments will be given a numerical mark and a percentage. Feedback is given using CAR marking stickers or via CAR feedback sheets which are currently being trialled. Students will be given time to reflect on their progress and set themselves 1 - 2 targets. Teachers will then give some guidance as to how these targets can be achieved.

Students also undertake low stakes testing of vocabulary and grammar throughout each module.

GCSE French

According to the British Chamber of Commerce applied foreign language skills are on a par with literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in terms of desirability. Studying a modern foreign language will give you the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about how that language works
  • Gain a greater understanding of the culture and country
  • Develop your key skills of communication, analysis, problem solving and empathy
  • Add an international dimension to your choice of GCSEs, something which higher education institutes and employers look on favourably

Course outline

The course is divided into the 4 key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, each of which is worth 25% of the final grade and is examined in at the end of Year 11.

 

You will build on themes and language, grammar and skills that you have started in Key Stage 3 as well as learning new topics and grammar. Topics will include:

  • Family, friends and relationships
  • Free time and sport
  • Social media and technology
  • Customs and festivals
  • Social Issues
  • The environment
  • Travel and tourism
  • Education, careers and future plans
  • Healthy lifestyles

    France

     

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Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Tiers of entry:

Foundation (grades 1 – 5)

Higher (grades 4 – 9)

 

Assessment:

4 final examinations

 

Paper 1 – Listening

Foundation – 35 minutes

Higher – 45 minutes

 

Paper 2 – Speaking

Foundation –7 – 9 minutes

Higher – 10 - 12 minutes

 

Paper 3 – Reading

Foundation – 45 minutes

Higher – 60 minutes

 

Paper 4 - Writing

Foundation – 60 minutes

Higher – 75 minutes

 

No reference material is allowed.

 

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level French.

 

 

Contact:

Ms Ghani Head of MFL

sghani@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

 

 

GCSE Spanish

According to the British Chamber of Commerce applied foreign language skills are on a par with literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in terms of desirability. Studying a modern foreign language will give you the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about how that language works
  • Gain a greater understanding of the culture and country
  • Develop your key skills of communication, analysis, problem solving and empathy
  • Add an international dimension to your choice of GCSEs, something which higher education institutes and employers look on favourably

Course outline

The course is divided into the 4 key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, each of which is worth 25% of the final grade and is examined in at the end of Year 11.

 

You will build on themes and language, grammar and skills that you have started in Key Stage 3 as well as learning new topics and grammar. Topics will include:

  • Family, friends and relationships
  • Free time and sport
  • Social media and technology
  • Customs and festivals
  • Social Issues
  • The environment
  • Travel and tourism
  • Education, careers and future plans
  • Healthy lifestyles

     

    Spain

 

Text Box:

 

 

 

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Tiers of entry:

Foundation (grades 1 – 5)

Higher (grades 4 – 9)

 

Assessment:

4 final examinations

 

Paper 1 – Listening

Foundation - 35 minutes

Higher – 45 minutes

 

Paper 2 – Speaking

Foundation – 7 – 9 minutes

Higher – 10 – 12 minutes

 

Paper 3 – Reading

Foundation – 45 minutes

Higher – 60 minutes

 

Paper 4 - Writing

Foundation – 60 minutes

Higher -75  minutes

 

No reference material is allowed.

 

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Spanish.

 

 

Contact:

Ms Ghani Head of MFL

sghani@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

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