Modern Foreign Languages
Effective communication is the way of the world. At Brentside High School we aim to ensure that teaching and learning in MFL reflects this. Our goal is to foster a passion for language learning in each student so that they may go out into the world with the skills to effectively communicate with whomever they choose.
All students in Key stage 3 study either French or Spanish, according to their form group, and the majority will continue their study to GCSE level. Students have 5 lessons per fortnight in which they develop skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing in their target language. Our mission is to foster a love for language learning for practical communication purposes as well as developing an understanding of grammatical concepts and the way in which language works. We aim to take as many students as possible through to studying at Key stage 5.
Key Stage 3
We have recently updated out bank of resources to include the latest publications.
Our French programme of study is based on Studio 1 and covers Talking about oneself, School life, Free time & hobbies, Local Area and Holidays.
For Spanish, we base our programme of study on Viva 1 and the course covers Talking about oneself, School life, Free time & hobbies, Family & relationships and Local area.
We aim to offer a cultural day trip to Boulogne, France to all students studying MFL in Year 7
In French, students progress on to the Studio 2 course and we increase the emphasis on grammatical knowledge in order for students to begin manipulating the language. Topics covered include Social life, Tourism, Food, My identity, Home & lifestyle and My dreams.
Students who study Spanish follow a similar course, provided by Viva 2, with the same emphasis on acquiring grammatical knowledge. Topics studied include Holidays, Social Life, Food, Going out, My town and My dreams. We also aim to offer a trip to a local Tapas bar for students studying Spanish as part of our Applied Learning day programme.
At this stage in the course, we aim to consolidate the grammatical and communicative knowledge that students have acquired in years 7 & 8 and build on those themes so that students can speak more in depth on topics and give more thought out points of view.
Our French course is based on Studio 3 and covers the topics of Going out, Health, The world of work, Tourism and Young people.
The Spanish course is based on Viva 3 and covers the same topics.
We begin the GCSE course in the summer 2 term of Year 9 with the topic Family & relationships.
Key Stage 4
Our Key stage 4 course aims to build on and develop the knowledge and skills gained at Key Stage 3. Topics covered are largely similar to those studied in Years 7, 8 & 9 but aim to deepen students’ ideas and opinions in these areas whilst still concentrating on the four key skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing in the target language.
For both French and Spanish, students follow the new GCSE (1-9) course provided by Pearson Edexcel. The topics covered include School life, Education & work, Social media & technology, Leisure & sport, Travel & tourism and Daily routine. We have access to the Studio and Viva GCSE resources to ensure continuity from Key Stage 3 study.
All students are assessed at the end of Year 11 in all 4 skills, which carry equal weighting. Students will either be entered for Foundation (5-1) or Higher (9-4) depending on their level.
The current cohort are completing the AQA GCSE (A*-G) which comprises of 60% controlled assessment and 40% examination.
Students have already completed speaking and writing controlled assessments worth 15% each of their final last year, and will complete further controlled assessments this year in the following topics:
Students will be entered for either Foundation (G-C) or Higher (A*-D) for the final examinations in listening and reading, worth 20% each of the final grade at the end of Year 11. The tier of examination taken does not cap the students’ grade for this series of examination.
Key Stage 5
The new AQA course which is studied at KS5 offers a stimulating content to enable the learners to develop their linguistic skills as well as their understanding of the culture and society of countries where French/Spanish is spoken. Students reflect on the technological and social changes occurring in these countries alongside political engagement. They also study highlights of French/Spanish-speaking artistic culture such as music and cinema. They study texts and a film and carry out independent research in an area of their choice.
They develop their ability to write and speak in the target language with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written and spoken French/Spanish in a variety of contexts and genres.
Assessment tasks are varied and cover listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.
Extra Curricular Activities
-French cinema club
-Spanish conversation club
-Trip to local tapas bar as part of Applied Learning Day programme
-Visit from French school