Modern Foreign Languages
The MFL department, as stakeholders, has input into the design of the curriculum and shares its vision and rationale.
The intent of the MFL Department is to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our aim is to enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both aurally and in writing. We also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes and learn new ways of thinking. We aim to instil the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
Our curriculum aligns with the whole school intent, particularly in preparing students as future citizens. The curriculum includes global issues, for example, social issues affecting young people, and environmental concerns. It also offers the opportunity to explore different cultures and learn about other countries.
Our aim is to ensure that all students achieve their full potential.
We support student achievement in various ways; resources are adapted to support pupils with additional needs and we provide extensions to ensure pupils are stretched and challenged. We are constantly updating our resources and content to ensure it is relevant and meaningful. We also run regular revision sessions.
We revisit prior knowledge in starter activities, in written and speaking activities, homework and revision lessons. Students are encouraged to memorise key knowledge through the use of games in class, online games and vocabulary tests.
We aim to extend cultural capital by ensuring students are exposed to real-life scenarios in order to enhance their experience and understanding of the target language. We also use a range of literature and media in the target language to inspire creativity in its use.
Regular formative and summative assessment allows close monitoring and tracking of student performance. Through this, and with engaging lessons, we look forward to increased uptake of MFL at GCSE as well as improved results. Our curriculum offer is continually evolving and will continue to do so as we continue in our endeavour to improve.