Curriculum Intent – Modern Foreign Languages
The National Curriculum for Languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
· Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
· Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
· Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
· Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
At Alt Bridge School, we believe that the study of a foreign language helps students develop a sense of cultural pluralism, an openness to and appreciation of other cultures. In a globalised world characterised by international links and intercultural connections, linguistic skills are crucial for employment and career as proficiency in a foreign language enhances career opportunities.
Our MFL department is an enthusiastic and dedicated team of linguists who encourage students to progress in all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing while bringing languages alive though a range of interactive and varied lessons.
At Alt Bridge, we are committed to raising the profile of language learning through, well-planned, high-quality lessons. We pride ourselves on our ‘Language Ambassadors’ and have created a culture of encouraging students extend classroom learning through attending languages lunch Clubs, with the aim of broadening students’ cultural and linguistic horizons.
Students study Spanish and have an option to continue studying into Key Stage 4 with the aim of achieving an Entry Level/Functional Skills formal qualification. Students access one lesson per week, following a bespoke course, incorporating Rockalingua and Zoom Learning. These innovative online resources reinforce and extend learning, allowing students to work independently and remotely to challenge and ensure progression. In order to support and challenge our students, we provide additional resources such as vocabulary, grammar and revision booklets, these carefully designed resources develop and extend classwork. Students also have access to interactive language learning resources, Duolingo and Quizlet, which provide a fun way to learn a language independently.
At Alt Bridge School, language lessons incorporate cultural and creative projects, grammar and translation activities, vocabulary learning games with all tasks, focused on developing the four key skills to enable students to achieve their maximum and become competent, confident, independent young linguists. Our students enjoy working co-operatively in groups, pairs as well as independently, within the classroom and in ICT suites. We ensure our students experience a positive learning environment, I which all students willingly step out of their comfort zones and actively take part in lessons.
MFL prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English.
Pupils need to learn new languages or improve their competence in an existing language in order to be equipped with the skills needed by the international workplace. Increased capability in the use of MFL promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
The overall aim for Modern Foreign Languages is to enrich learning for all pupils and to ensure that they develop confidence and competence in MFL.
• To increase children’s linguistic competence through weekly MFL sessions.
• To exploit cultural links and experiences.
• To promote positive attitudes towards language learning through a range of learning activities.
• To develop listening skills and phonological awareness (with particular emphasis in Y7 to 8).
Spanish is taught regularly to ensure progression and skills development. Although MFL is a cross-curricular subject, children are taught specific skills, concepts and vocabulary in a weekly dedicated Spanish lesson. Alt Bridge aims to deliver the requirements of the MFL framework by linking, where appropriate, planning to the framework objectives. This ensures that particular language learning strategies are taught and appropriate skills are practised. The scheme of work for Spanish outlines which topics are covered in each year group. Each class teacher uses basic Spanish classroom vocabulary throughout the day and expects the pupils to do the same.
Spanish is taught to all year 7, 8 and 9 pupils. Pupils will study Spanish using the Zoom series of course books alongside additional resources including the opportunity to use ICT facilities to engage in independent and group tasks. The course has a cooperative learning approach which promotes communication and active engagement. All Spanish lessons are delivered to support and extend the individual pupil’s learning. They take an active role in the assessment of their work, setting and evaluating targets in all four skill areas; reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Tasks link in with the National Curriculum Programme of Study. The topics covered are planned so that they relate as much as possible to pupils own life experiences. Pupils will acquire knowledge and understanding of the target language, develop language skills, and develop cultural awareness.
Key Stage 3 Courses
Families play an important role in the success of pupils in school. There are many different ways that you can get involved and support your children’s learning. Whether you attend meetings, volunteer, or just read with your child at home each night, you are making a contribution that will help your child do well in school.
Educational research has shown that schools with strong parental involvement are more likely to improve pupil learning. You can help your child by thinking over these recommendations:
• Spend time or have dinner together with your child talking about education and future goals.
• Help your children with homework.
• Read every night together, tell stories to your child.
• Review spellings/new vocabulary.
• Communicate regularly with school.
Web Resources Links
FREE ONLINE SPANISH COURSE.
IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE