The focus of the Modern Foreign Languages team here at Loxford School is to develop the ability of our students to communicate successfully and effectively in the target language. We also put great emphasis on independent learning and achieving excellence; therefore, it is the ability to express themselves linguistically, resorting to different ways, which will be assessed in all parts of their course and eventually at GCSE level and A Level.
Loxford is committed to cooperate with the local community and businesses as well as other secondary and primary schools. We encourage our students to be involved in Language-based schemes provided by Higher Education Institutions such as the Routes into Languages programme and the Kings College London widening participation schemes for Languages.
Aims and Ethos
- To encourage and develop the ability to use the target language effectively for communication.
- Active learning with both students and teachers in roles, acting out real life situations relevant to both ages and interests of students.
- Involving language genuinely needed to perform any task; offering an insight into the culture and civilisation of the foreign language countries.
- To provide enjoyment and to stimulate their awareness of languages.
- To encourage positive attitudes to foreigners and foreign languages as well as respect and understanding of foreign culture and civilisation to counteract prejudice.
- To enable learners to communicate effectively in everyday situations involving either foreign visitors in this country or themselves visiting a foreign country.
- To make a provision for trips abroad in the early stages of learning.
- To provide students with enough opportunities to experience success, enjoyment and feeling of acquiring a sound and satisfactory linguistic knowledge.
Our intention is to provide always carefully structured activities and well chosen authentic material designed for both foundation and higher level of achievement in all Attainment Targets. We aim to offer a balanced variety of work and material allowing students to move with enthusiasm from comprehension to creation of their own utterances and written work in the target language. Thus, in our three parts lessons, we aim to cater for all the abilities through the planning of activities which are aimed to suit students’ different learning styles and develop the four auricular skills.
Our KS3, 4 & 5 Schemes of Work, which are regularly reviewed, are designed to include curricular and cross-curricular developments, in order to improve students’ language-learning skills and to provide them with strategies which aim to boost their performance. Literacy and Numeracy, as well as PSCHE orientations, are fundamental parts of our Schemes of Work too, so are regular activities developing skills strategies on how to improve listening and reading, starters requiring students to apply logic and make connections, activities to develop anticipation skills in exam contexts and ongoing opportunities for pair work and regular peer assessment.
In addition to French and Spanish taught during the school day, here in Loxford we also offer a range of community languages, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Italian, Arabic, German and Portuguese which are taught in twilight sessions. These lessons are taught by well experienced teachers and prove to be very popular.
Spanish Trip to Barcelona – ¡Viva Barcelona!
The Spanish Department has recently taken some of our Year 10 and 12 students on a residential trip to Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. The aim of the trip was to offer students a real linguistic and cultural experience of Spain. With the increasing globalization and internationalization happening everywhere, it was an amazing opportunity for our students to expand their worldview, to be taken out of their comfort zone and also get to appreciate another culture. Below are a couple of articles by the students and also some of the pictures taken during the trip.
“The experiences I have had, the lessons I have learnt and the friends I have made on the trip to Barcelona are truly indescribable. As well as improving my Spanish and elarning so much about such a wonderful culture and even eating weird sorts of Spanish food, I have made new Spanish friends as well as new friends from Loxford and have made so many new amazing memories. All the way from our late night adventure to find churros to seeing the amazing Camp Nou and sunbathing on the Barceloneta beach. But the best memories were laughing with everyone that came and all the new people we met along the way. It was truly an unforgettable experience.” Samya Zia
“Our visit to Barcelona was exceptional and indelible for me. By experiencing a new culture and lifestyle, I have learnt so much and developed my Spanish, not to mention I’ve had a lot of fun with my friends. This remarkable visit will always be remembered due to the incredible sights we saw and experiences we took part in and I hope to visit Cataluña and the Cam Nou many more times.” Mohit-Pal
Support for your learning
Spanish News Site BBC Mundo Portada
French News Site Le Mensuel
GCSE Revision: BBC Bite Size Spanish
Spanish Grammar and Practice: Real Spanish
Spanish Grammar and Practice: About Spanish
Spanish Grammar and Practice: Babel Zone
French Grammar and Practice; Real French
French Grammar and Practice: About French
Spanish /French Grammar and Practice: Linguascope
French Grammar and Practice
French Vocabulary Practice