Introduction

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 AS and A2 Level.

Linguistic Objectives

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, Spanish and Italian taught during the school day, here in Loxford High 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.

In order to support even further the pupils’ learning, the following extra-curricular activities are offered in our Department:
Homework club: you can get help with your MFL homework at the homework club at lunch times.

• view examples of work
• find links to approved websites
• find more information on what they are learning about at school
• upload and save pieces of work (at school and at home - providing they have internet access)
• join in with relevant online discussions
• complete online activities
• receive news and reminders

The Modern Languages Department organises an annual day-trip to Boulogne (France) for students in Year 7. The students are selected on a “first come, first served” basis. Students are withdrawn from the trip if it is felt that their presence would be detrimental to the success of the trip.
It is a cultural experience, as well as an opportunity for students to reinforce and use their linguistic skills. Throughout the trip, students have the opportunity to practise their language skills with each other, staff and native speakers.
They are encouraged to do this through a fantastic programme of activities.

What you will learn  

Year 7 French

All students will start off completing an introduction to language learning and will then progress on to a variety of topics to guide them through the foundations of French language.

During the autumn term they will focus on introducing themselves and describing their family as well as talking about school. During spring term they will cover shops, presenting their local area and saying what they do in their free time and expressing opinions. In the summer term students will learn to describe their holidays and animals in poems.

During the Autumn term, the following topics will be covered:

  • Talking about likes and dislikes Using regular –er verbs (je, tu, il/elle)
  • Describing yourself Understanding adjective agreement (singular)
  • Talking about school subjects Forming questions (intonation/with Est-ce que …?)
  • Giving opinions and reasons Agreeing and disagreeing

During the Spring term, the following topics will be covered:

  • Talking about computers and mobiles Using regular –er verbs
  • Talking about which sports you play Using jouer à + a sport
  • Saying what you like doing Using aimer + the infinitive
  • Giving directions Understanding when to use tu & vous

During the Summer term, the following topics will be covered:

  • Talking about your holidays Using nous to say ‘we’
  • Talking about getting ready to go out Using reflexive verbs (singular)
  • Saying what you would like to do Using je voudrais + infinitive
  • Talking about animals the perfect tense

Year 7 Spanish

All students will start off completing an introduction to language learning and will then progress on to a variety of topics to guide them through the foundations of Spanish language.

During the autumn term they will focus on greetings, introducing and describing themselves as well as what they do in their free time. During spring term, they will talk about school and also describe their family. In the summer term students will cover shops, presenting their local area and home.

During the Autumn term, the following topics will be covered:

  • Introducing yourself; definite articles; verb endings
  • Talking about your personality; using adjectives that end in -o/-a
  • Talking about age and siblings; using the verb tener in the present tense; indefinite articles
  • Saying what you like to do; giving opinions using me gusta + infinitive

During the Spring term, the following topics will be covered:

  • Saying what subjects you study; using -ar verbs to say what ‘we’ do
  • Giving opinions about school subjects; using me gusta(n) + el/la/los/las)
  • Describing your family; using possessive adjectives mi/tu/su and mis/tus/sus
  • Saying what other people look like; using verbs in the third person; adjective agreement

During the Summer term, the following topics will be covered:

  • Describing your town or village; using ‘a’, ‘some’ and ‘many’ in Spanish)
  • Telling the time; using the verb ir in the present tense
  • Saying what you are going to do at the weekend; using the near future tense)
  • Understanding people describing their town; listening for detail)

Grammar is taught and reviewed as an on-going priority in lessons. The new GCSE has a strong focus on grammar so students need to be well prepared. Translation (both ways) is an integral part of the lesson by lesson teaching as it features in the new GCSE together with the photo description task. It is another way of reinforcing grammar as well as vocabulary. Pupils are also encouraged to develop a rich cultural appreciation of the French-speaking world through exposure to materials such as short stories, poems, films, art and music. Each unit of work is approximately 12 lessons, based on a 2 lesson per week basis.

Year 8 French 

During the Autumn term, the following topics will be covered:

  • Leisure time – first half term
  • Discover Paris – second half term

In the Spring term, the following topics will be covered:

  • My identity – first half term
  • My local area – Second half term

In the summer term, the following topics will be covered:

  • France Got Talent – first half term
  • French speaking world – Second half term

Year 8 Spanish 

During the Autumn term, the following topics will be covered:

  • Holidays – First half term
  • My life and Leisure time – Second half term

In the Spring term, the following topics will be covered:

  • Food – First half term
  • Going out – Second half term

In the Summer term, the following topics will be covered:

  • Operation summer – First half term
  • Project: My town – Second half term

Year 8

Grammar is taught and reviewed as an on-going priority in lessons. The new GCSE has a strong focus on grammar so students need to be well prepared. Translation (both ways) is an integral part of the lesson by lesson teaching as it features in the new GCSE together with the photo description task. It is another way of reinforcing grammar as well as vocabulary. Pupils are also encouraged to develop a rich cultural appreciation of the French-speaking world through exposure to materials such as short stories, poems, films, art and music. Each unit of work is approximately 12 lessons, based on a 2 lesson per week basis.

Year 9

All French and Spanish topics have a focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing, increasing vocabulary and knowledge and application of grammar. The Year 9 course aims to widen pupils' communicative skills through the acquisition and consolidation of new or previously learnt language. The course book and SoW that we use meet the needs of the range of pupils in Year 9. They are preparing pupils for GCSE style questions and exam papers through a varied range of carefully planned lessons.

Year 9 French

In Year 9, students of French will cover the following topics each term:

Autumn Term:

  • Describing yourself  Using the verbs avoir and être
  • Talking about Facebook Using present tense verbs
  • Describing a music event Using on in the perfect tense
  • Talking about healthy eating Using du, de la and des

 Spring Term:

  • Discussing your future Using the near future tense
  • Talking about your job More practice with common irregular verbs
  • Talking about your ambitions Using masculine and feminine nouns.
  • Discussing holidays Asking questions using question words/ Using perfect tense verbs

Summer Term:

  • Discussing what you are allowed to do Using j’ai le droit de + infinitive
  • Explaining what’s important to you  Using mon, ma and mes
  • Talking about things you buy Using three tenses together
  • Describing what makes

Year 9 Spanish

In Year 9, students of Spanish will cover the following topics each term:

Autumn Term:

  • Talking about things you like; using gustar with nouns in the present tense)
  • Talking about your week; using regular -ar, -er and -ir verbs in the present tense)
  • Talking about films; using the verb ir in the present tense)
  • Saying what you have to do at work; using tener que + infinitive
  • Saying what job you would like to do; using correct adjective agreement

Spring Term:

  • Talking about diet; using negatives; expressions of frequency
  • Talking about your daily routine; using reflexive verbs
  • Talking about getting fit; using se debe/no se debe
  • Talking about children’s rights; using the verb poder
  • Talking about environmental issues; using the ‘we’ form of verbs in the present tense

Summer Term:

  • Meeting and greeting people; using expressions with tener
  • Hispanic studies – Discovering Madrid
  • Describing a day trip; using the preterite of irregular verbs
  • Discussing the final day of a visit; using three tenses: present, preterite, near future

The assessment system in Modern Foreign Languages reintroduces transactional/functional language into the GCSE, retains topics that work well with students, allowing for students of all abilities to access and progress in the qualification. The GCSE covers topics that have been touched on in KS3, but go into more depth. This includes family and relationships, hobbies, holidays, town and environment, the working world and education. There are also opportunities to learn about cultural festivals.

The assessment will be of linear approach with all the 4 skills assessed separately, with main changes made in structure of the Speaking and Writing exams. At the end of year 11 all students will have to undertake their listening, speaking, reading and writing exams, with the ability tier being the same for each skill, Foundation/Higher. They will also undertake the ‘mock’examinations in December for the Listening, Reading and Writing skills and in February for all 4 skills at either Foundation or Higher level.

Mock exam results are used amongst other assessments as a basis for decisions on level of entry for the examination tier. Mock exam papers are marked according to the EDEXCEL examination board mark schemes and therefore give an accurate indication of grades achieved.

French - 94% 9-4
Spanish - 89% 9-4
Italian - 100% 9-7
Urdu - 100% 9-8
German – 100% 9
Portuguese – 100% 9-6
Arabic – 100% 8
Punjabi - 100% 9

In order to support even further the pupils’ learning, the following extra-curricular activities are offered in our Department:
Homework club: you can get help with your MFL homework at the homework club at lunch times.

Google Classroom: KS3 & 4 students benefit from the use of this fantastic and exciting Managed Learning Environment, an online school building with different rooms inside. Students can only access Google Classroom using their personal username and password and are only allowed to see rooms they have been made a member of.

Google Classroom is a secure web space where students can:

  • view examples of work
  • find links to approved websites
  • find more information on what they are learning about at school
  • upload and save pieces of work (at school and at home - providing they have internet access)
  • join in with relevant online discussions
  • complete online activities
  • receive news and reminders