Welcome to Modern Foreign Languages

The MFL faculty consists of 6 experienced members of staff and we teach both French and Spanish. We are all exceptionally enthusiastic about our subject, having all lived and worked abroad. We strive to offer students a wide and varied curriculum to both deepen their knowledge of language and their appreciation of different cultures. We work collaboratively, which ensures that there is a consistent approach from all teachers and that best practice is always shared. We believe that learning a language is not just about learning grammar and vocabulary but about developing personal skills and a broader outlook on the world through the medium of the foreign language.

Historically, we have had excellent exam results and many of our students express their enjoyment of our lessons and go on to study MFL at P16 and beyond.

Staff

Name Role
Helen Phillips Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Kate Franklin Joint Second in Modern Foreign Languages, (Acting Head of MFL to cover maternity leave)
Kate Brown Joint Second in Modern Foreign Languages
Eliane Schnegg Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages,
Stuart Shaw Part-time teacher of Modern Foreign Languages & Schools Direct Manager
Christine Keaton Part-time teacher of Modern Foreign Languages,

Key Stage 3

The French & Spanish course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4.

We follow a skills based curriculum in KS3, focussing on developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Students develop their knowledge of the English language to improve their understanding of the foreign language. We regularly use authentic materials and like to respond to current affairs issues, for example: Nelson Mandela and the Winter Olympics. We encourage students to improve their understanding of other subjects by studying cross curricular topics in the foreign language, for example: the classification of different species and the work of Matisse.

  • Weather
  • Weather writing and performance
  • Weather writing and forecast, Pronunciation and sound spelling link & performance of weather forecast,
  • School Subjects and Opinions,
  • Connectives,
  • Praising Stars 1
    (1/2 term 1)
    Praising Stars 2
    (1/2 Term 2)
    Praising Stars 3
    (1/2 term 3)
    Praising Stars 4
    (1/2 Term 4)
    Praising Stars 5
    (1/2 term 5)
    Praising Stars 6
    (1/2 Term 6)
    Year 7 Little Red Riding Hood
    • Alphabet
    • Articles
    • Nouns
    • Adjectives and agreement
    • To have, To be.
    • Numbers
    • Pronunciation
    Little Red Riding Hood
    • Reading Strategies & skills
    • Pronunciation
    • Sound spelling link and listening,
    • Telling the time
    • Opinions
    • Daily Routine
    Skills based approach
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Colours & Animals
  • Living Creatures
  • possessives
  • Skills based approach
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Extended writing
  • Comparatives & Superlatives.
  • Animal records
  • Question words & asking questions
  • Skills Based Approach
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Big numbers
  • Dinosaurs
  • Dominican Republic (Spanish)
  • Matinique (French)
  • Skills based approach
    • Listening
    • Reading
    • Speaking
    • Writing
    • School buildings and descriptions,
    • The verb to go
    • Immediate future tense using ir/aller
    • Sports & the future tense,
    • Thinking Skills activity
    Year 8
    • Revision of ir and immediate future
    • Grammar revision present tense, nouns, adjectives, agreement.
    • Pirates reading and listening skills.
    • Introduction to food
    • Food and the immediate future tense.
    • Food role play writing and performance (sound spelling link and speaking skills)
    • Authentic reading on Sight (La Vue/La
    Lessons are taught based on a content integrated learning approach and emphasising the 4 skills needed for learning a Modern Foreign Language. Topic areas change depending on world events but have in recent years included: Terror Attacks in Nice Hooliganism at Euro 2016 The Tour de France Lance Armstrong and doping scandal Andy Murray Dunblane attacks The Heart & Body Organs Fabrice Muamba and heart attacks in sports people Holidays and ideal holiday destinations including conditional tense Landmarks and Monuments The Nazca Lines & Incan civilisation Nelson Mandela
    If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: h.phillips@portland.outwood.com or k.franklin@portland.outwood.com

    Key Stage 4

    AQA GCSE (9-1) in French

    Theme 1 – Identity and Culture
    - Me, my family and friends
    = Relationships with family and friends, marriage & partnerships
    - Technology in everyday life
    = Social media, Mobile technology
    - Free-time activities
    = Music, Cinema & TV, Food & eating out, Sport
    - Customs and Festivals
    = French customs, Festivals in the French speaking world

    Theme 2 – Local, national, International and global areas of interest
    - Home town, neighbourhood and region
    = Home, Where I live
    - Social Issues
    = Charity and voluntary work, Healthy and Unhealthy living
    - Global Issues
    = Environment, Poverty & homelessness
    - Travel & Tourism
    = Holiday & travel, Regions of France

    Theme 3 – Current & Future Study and employment
    - Life at School & College
    = School subjects, Life at school
    - Jobs, career choices & ambitions
    = University or work? Choice of career

    AQA GCSE (9-1) in French is assessed in the following way:

    Controlled Assessment % Examination (%)
    0% 100%
    If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: h.phillips@portland.outwood.com or k.franklin@portland.outwood.com
    AQA GCSE (9-1) in Spanish

    Theme 1 – Identity and Culture
    - Me, my family and friends
    = Relationships with family and friends, marriage & partnerships
    - Technology in everyday life
    = Social media, Mobile technology
    - Free-time activities
    = Music, Cinema & TV, Food & eating out, Sport
    - Customs and Festivals
    = Spanish customs, Festivals in the Spanish speaking world

    Theme 2 – Local, national, International and global areas of interest
    - Home town, neighbourhood and region
    = Home, Where I live
    - Social Issues
    = Charity and voluntary work, Healthy and Unhealthy living
    - Global Issues
    = Environment, Poverty & homelessness
    - Travel & Tourism
    = Holiday & travel, Regions of Spain

    Theme 3 – Current & Future Study and employment
    - Life at School & College
    = School subjects, Life at school
    - Jobs, career choices & ambitions
    = University or work? Choice of career

    AQA GCSE (9-1) in Spanish is assessed in the following way:

    Controlled Assessment % Examination (%)
    0% 100%
    If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: h.phillips@portland.outwood.com or k.franklin@portland.outwood.com

    “Teachers have a good sense of humour, which makes learning a language fun.”

    Lucy

    “The languages department is always enthusiastic and want you to achieve your target”

    Sydney

    “The language department cover a wide range of topics so you can learn more things about the country, not just the language.”

    Dylan

    “It offers an insight into different cultures and different ways of living.”

    Ollie

    “I like French lessons, because the lessons are very interactive, so all of the students join in.”

    Phoebe

    “We learn new facts - history, and science etc, but we learn them through French.”

    Demetra