Modern Foreign Languages

Staff Role 
Mr Z. Fergyson Head of MFL
Mrs K. Witty MFL Teacher

Facilities and Resources

At Worden, pupils have the opportunity to study French or Spanish at KS3 and have two lessons per week. Through learning languages, students will develop critical thinking skills and an ability to approach tasks with a logical mind-set. The use of authentic materials is becoming more evident within the department, along with the use of ICT to develop learners. Students will have the opportunity to develop the four attainment targets; listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with regular assessment across all four. Staff will use their own love of languages to enthuse and motivate students to appreciate the subject, with an aim to inspire them to further their knowledge outside of the classroom.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, students will study six modules from the “Mira” textbook. Pupils are also taught classroom language in order to use the target language to the full effect.

Module 1 – Vamos

  • Introducing yourself
  • Counting up to 31
  • Saying how old you are
  • Saying whe your birthday is
  • Learning about Spanish- speaking countries
  • Learning the Spanish alphabet
  • Pencil case items
  • Classroom items

Module 2 – En el instituto

  • Talking about school subjects
  • Saying what you do in your lessons
  • Talking about teachers
  • Giving opinions and reasons
  • Talking about snacks

Module 3 – Mi familia

  • Talking about your family
  • Saying if you have any pets
  • Describing your characteristics and appearance  
  • Describing hair and eye colour

Module 4 – En casa

  • Describing where you live
  • Talking about your home
  • Talking about activities you do in your house
  • Describing your bedroom
  • Talking about your daily routine

Module 5 – El tiempo libre

  • Saying what you do in your free time
  • Telling the time
  • Talking about sports
  • Saying what you like to do
  • Saying what you are going to do

Module 6 – En la ciudad

  • Saying what your town is like
  • Asking where something is in town
  • Making and responding to invitations
  • Talking about the weather
  • Using 2 tenses together

In Year 8, students will study five modules from the “Expo” textbook. Pupils are also taught classroom language in order to use the target language to the full effect.

Module 6 – On s’amuse

  • Talking about sports and games
  • Talking about musical instruments
  • Saying what you like to do
  • At the leisure centre
  • Going on holiday

Module 1 – Famille et domicile

  • Talking about yourself
  • Talking about family members
  • Saying what jobs people do
  • Talking about where people live
  • Describing weather

Module 2 – Temps libre

  • Talking about what you like doing
  • Talking about what sports you do
  • Talking about what you do with your friends
  • Talking about TV programmes you have watched
  • Saying what you and your friends did
  • Talking about last weekend
  • Talking about yesterday evening
  • Talking about TV programmes you have watched
  • Talking about where you went
  • Talking about events in the past

Module 3 – Les sorties

  • Making and reacting to invitations
  • Making excuses
  • Talking about clothes
  • Shopping for clothes
  • Saying where you went

Module 4 – manger et boire

  • Saying which foods you like and don’t like
  • Describing breakfast and lunch
  • Preparing for a party
  • Saying what you will buy for the party
  • Describing what you eat at night

Module 5 – Voyages et vacances

  • Saying where you go on holiday
  • Describing how long you go for
  • Describing a French holiday centre
  • Finding information about holiday destinations
  • Talking about a past holiday

In year 9, pupils will continue to study various topics, build on previous knowledge and look at some topics in more detail in order to acquire some of the skills they will need should they decide to continue to GCSE level. They will cover 2 broad topics per term. Please note that the follow-on programme of study outlined for year 10 will be different for current year 9 pupils moving into year 10 next year.

  1. 1. Relationships with family and friends
  2. 2. Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  3. 3. My studies
  4. 4. Free time activities (cinema and TV)
  5. 5. Free time activities (Food and easting out/ sport)
  6. 6. Customs and festivals in Spanish speaking countries and communities

Key Stage 4

At GCSE, current year 10 pupils follow the  AQA specification over a 2 year course. 

 
The course is split into the following:  
Listening exam: end of year 11 25%
Speaking exam: during year 11 25%
Reading exam : end of year 11 25%
Writing exam end of year 11 25%
In year 10, pupils will cover the following topics (usually a different topic each month):
 
  1. 1. Relationships with family and friends
  2. 2. Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  3. 3. My studies
  4. 4. Free time activities (cinema and TV)
  5. 5. Free time activities (Food and easting out/ sport)
  6. 6. Social issues
  7. 7. Life at school / college
  8. 8. Customs and festivals in French speaking countries and communities
  9. 9. Travel and tourism
  10. 10. Education post-16
 
Current year 11 pupils follow the WJEC specification which is studied over 2 years. The course is split into:
 
The course is split into the following:  
Speaking Controlled Assessments (2) 30%
Writing Controlled Assessments (2) 30%
Reading (end of Year 11) 20%
Listening (end of Year 11) 20%

Topics covered in year 11:

School life

  • Talking about school subjects
  • Giving opinions about school
  • Talking about your daily routine
  • Comparing schools in England and France
  • Talking about school pressures
  • Talking about your plans

Travel and tourism

  • Talking about the weather
  • Hotels and travelling
  • Making holiday plans
  • Talking about camping holidays
  • Describing a destination
  • Eating out
  • Talking about past, present and future holidays

Most of the time in year 11 is devoted to working towards, planning and preparing controlled assessments and building on the skills and techniques needed for success in the end of year examinations.

Useful Links

All HEAT tasks can be downloaded from Show My Homework