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MFL

Introduction

The MFL Department aims to make language learning at Cardinal Newman Catholic High School an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We strive to provide a stimulating and positive learning environment, equipped with the latest interactive technology and access to authentic materials, to enable students to communicate effectively with speakers of French and German, appreciate cultural differences and to become aware of the benefits which language skills can bring. The department aims to run alternating visits to both France and Germany. The benefit reaped by the students who take part is enormous - their language skills and their insight into the way of life and the culture of the country increase considerably. Students from Year 8 and 9 have the opportunity to take part in shorter trips, e.g. a trip to Paris and Euro Disney and students in KS4 have the opportunity to visit Berlin.

Key Stage 3 Summary

At KS3 students study French and/or German and have 2 or 3 one hour lessons per fortnight in German and/or French enabling them to make a genuine, well-informed choice in Year 9 when opting for their GCSE subjects. Students are grouped in broad ability sets and students in lower ability groups only study one language in order to provide additional time to enhance their literacy or numeracy skills. The Echo course followed in German and Expo course in French provide differentiated materials and are supplemented using further stimulating and motivating resources.

KS3 Curriculum Overview

 

GERMAN

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Autumn Term

Personal ID

Freetime & Media

Media

Family

Holidays

School & Future Plans

Spring Term

Hobbies

Food & Shopping

My World

House

Health

Town

Summer Term

Town

Planning a Trip

Begin GCSE topic

Relationships

School

 

FRENCH

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Autumn Term

Self & Family

Sports & Hobbies

Holiday

Physical Descriptions

Family & Work

Media

Spring Term

School

Last weekend & TV

Future Plans

Freetime

Shopping & Leisure

Food & Drink

Summer Term

Town

Food

Begin GCSE topic

Healthy Lifestyles

House

Holidays

 

KS4 Summary

Being able to speak a foreign language is now an essential life skill whether at work, in education or for leisure purposes. Most employers will look more favourably on job applicants with a foreign language and many universities now request that students have studied a language at GCSE.
At KS4 students follow a GCSE course in German and / or French and have five one hour lessons per fortnight. Students will study the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture
  • Theme 2: Local, national and global areas of interest
  • Theme 3: Current and future study & employment

Each theme can be broken down into more recognisable sub-topics e.g.  self & family, freetime

All will take the lineal AQA examinations at the end of the course and will be assessed at either Foundation Tier (grades 1-5) or Higher Tier (grades 4-9) in each of the following skill areas:

UNIT 1 LISTENING (25%)

Foundation:  40minutes               Higher: 50 minutes

UNIT 2 SPEAKING (25%)

Foundation: 7-9 minutes              Higher: 10-12 minutes

UNIT 3 READING (25%)

Foundation: 45 minutes               Higher: 1 hour

UNIT 4 WRITING (25%)

Foundation: 1 hour                      Higher: 1 hour 15 minutes

KS4 Curriculum Overview

GERMAN

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn Term

School

Holidays

Work

Health & Fitness

Spring Term

Freetime

Environment

Relationships

Social Issues

Summer Term

House & Home

GCSE Examination Preparation

Local Area

FRENCH

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn Term

Family & Relationships

Holidays

Freetime

School

Spring Term

Health

Work & Future Plans

Lifestyle

Social Issues

Summer Term

House & Home

GCSE Examination Preparation

Local Area

Staffing

Mrs Hulse (Assistant Headteacher/Head of MFL)
Miss Burras (Deputy Headteacher/Teacher of MFL)
Mrs Murphy (Teacher of MFL)
Miss Baron (Head of Year/Teacher of MFL)
Miss Rongier (Teacher of MFL)