Modern Foreign Languages

Staffing

Mrs G Velasco - Head of Modern Foreign Languages: velascog@maghullhigh.com

Mr L Best - Teacher of Spanish: bestl@maghullhigh.com

Ms J Bown – Teacher of Spanish: Bownj@maghullhigh.com 

Mrs M Bennett - Senior Assistant Headteacher/Teacher of Spanish: bennettm@maghullhigh.com

Twiter:

 @mhsspanishdept

Intent 

Our vision is to recognise and nurture the unique capabilities of each student. With this avowed intention we would seek to develop within each student: 

Learning a foreign language for the practical purposes of effective communication 

An insight into the culture and civilization of the people who speak the target language 

A desire to make contacts and links with the people who speak their chosen foreign language 

A sense of achievement and an awareness of their own individual worth as successful learners 

A desire for life-long learning by establishing a basis for language study in the future 

Literacy skills through the study of grammar and language development 

Study skills that will benefit them across the curriculum 

What are the key concepts that have to be mastered for pupils to be successful in this subject? 

1. There is an equal balance of skills learned in a Modern Foreign Language: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.  

2. The understanding of the grammatical concepts that underpin the language, so pupils understand how it works and more importantly through their use, how they can control the use of the language to achieve their aims in its use.   

3. There is a clear need to understand how English works and develop a good understanding of English grammar in order to be able to learn a new language.  

4. How to develop memory techniques that will benefit pupils across the curriculum.  

5. How to use language for practical communication.  

Key Stage 3 

Year 7 

All pupils study Spanish. Pupils are taught a range of topics focusing on developing the four key skill areas (listening, speaking, reading & writing). We also aim to develop the ability to respond to and produce language spontaneously with an emphasis on using the target language in the classroom as much as possible. Pupils study the following topics during Year 7: 

Unit 1 – Introduction to the Spanish speaking world, self and classroom language.  

Unit 2 – Family, pets and descriptions 

Unit 3 - Free time and the weather  

Unit 4 – My home  

Formal assessments of skill areas take place at the end of each module. Regular vocabulary study is set to encourage pupils to develop the ability to learn and retain language. Pupils are encouraged to make use of free, commercial apps to further develop their language across a range of topic areas to build vocabulary.  They will start a reading scheme in the third term to start reading for pleasure. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups.

Year 7 Scheme of work

Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 8 

All pupils continue with the study of Spanish. Pupils are taught a range of topics focusing on further developing the four key skill areas (listening, speaking, reading & writing). We also aim to further develop the ability to respond to and produce language spontaneously. Pupils study the following topics in Year 8: 

Unit 1 – Sports and what I do.  

Unit 2 – Where I live .  

Unit 3 – Food, drink and healthy eating 

Unit 4 – Holidays  

Regular vocabulary study is set to encourage pupils to develop the ability to learn and retain language. Pupils are taught within the context to the Spanish speaking world and learn about its culture and its people. Pupils will extend their knowledge of literature in the target language Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups.

Year 8 Scheme of work

Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 9 

Pupils build on the work of the first two years of KS 3 as they start the groundwork prior to opting for GCSE at the end of the year.    

Pupils will continue to learn about the Spanish speaking world and continue to cover essential grammar and structures  

Unit 1 – Likes, dislikes and Future plans  

Unit 2 - Healthy eating  

Unit 3 - Travel  

Unit 4 Technology and fashion 

Unit 5 My world and global issues  

Module 5 - The Hispanic world  

Regular vocabulary study is set to encourage pupils to develop the ability to learn and retain language. They also complete a minimum of one weekly reader in the departmental reading scheme. Homework will also be in the form of written assignments and practice and preparation of speaking tasks. 

Year 9 Scheme of work

Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Scheme of Work Overview: 

Key Stage 4   

Year 10 

In the second year of study at GCSE pupils will start to deepen their understanding of grammar and develop greater language skills. They will develop their skills to produce language in speaking and writing and improve their reading and listening skills through practice.  

The topics of work will cover both Foundation and Higher tiers across the scheme of work. 

Module 1 - Unit 1.1 Relationships with family and friends     1.2 Marriage and partnership 

Module 2 -  Unit 2 .1 Spain and customs 4.2 Festivals in Spain and Hispanic countries 

Module 3 - Unit 5 Home, town, neighbourhood and region 

Module 4 - Unit 6 - Social issues 

Module 5 - 7.1 Environment      7.2 poverty and Homelessness 

Weekly vocabulary study is set on Memrise to encourage pupils to develop the ability to learn and retain language. Pupils will also be encouraged to complete online listening and reading practice tests. They also complete a minimum of one weekly reader in the departmental reading scheme.  Homework will also be in the form of written assignments and practice and preparation of speaking tasks.   

Year 11 

Speaking and writing are no longer assessed through controlled assessments: they are now given an equal weighting of 25% and will be assessed in their final, summer term exams. All four skills are now tested with a terminal exam  

Pupils in Year 11 will study :- 

Term 1  Unit 8 Tourism: holidays and tourism    

              Units 9 & 10 school    

              Unit 11 Current and future study 

Term 2 Unit 12 Current and future study 

Revision of units of work and full skills practice. Pupils will complete topics of work at Higher Tier as appropriate and review previously covered topics at Foundation Tier for revision.  

Intervention will be available to ensure any skill area that needs further development for exam success is covered in detail with support across both Foundation and Higher tiers.  

Scheme of Work Overview: 

Year 10        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2 

Year 11        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2 

AQA Higher Tier Summary of Topics 

AQA Foundation Tier Summary of Topics 

Post-16 Summary 

Year 12 

The A-level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It is an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society.  

The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or to further study, including a modern languages degree. Our principal aim for Year 12 is to help make the transition from GCSE to A level developing a full range of language skills and knowledge, to achieve the highest possible grades at the end of KS 5.  Students follow the AQA A Level specification. ( A detailed description of the A level can be found in this link: 6th Form handbook) 

The following topics are studied at A Level:- 

Social issues and trends 

1 Aspects of Hispanic society 

 2 Multiculturalism in Hispanic society 

Political and artistic culture 

1 Artistic culture in the Hispanic world 

2 Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world 

Works - Literary texts and films: Over the two years of study students study La Casa de Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca and the Amoldóvar film, ‘Volver’. They choose a cultural topic to prepare for the final spoken and written exams in Year 13.  

All Sixth Form Students benefit from at least of one hour a week timetabled with our Spanish Foreign Language Assistant during which they will develop their spoken fluency through interaction with a native speaker. 

Students are encouraged to maintain a thorough, continual pursuit of independent language study (referenced in the handbook). They have the opportunity to borrow film and reading material. They should use online access to media in a variety of forms to expand their language experience.  

Scheme of Work Overview: 

Year 13        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2 

  6th Form handbook 

Cultural Capital 

A language cannot be learned in a vacuum. Finding out how important a language Spanish is, how it differs in Latin America, who speaks it and what its uses are in a future career, are all part of learning. 

Pupils have the opportunity to encounter the Spanish-speaking world through their studies of Spanish, learning about the language, the country, customs and people.  

They have the opportunity of travel to Spain through the trips abroad we organise for all 3 key stages.  

We offer extracurricular opportunities to take up the study of another language with French club and to develop literacy and reading skills with Spanish reading club for all years in the summer term.  

An Equitable Curriculum - Removing Barriers to Learning 

The study of a foreign language can seem daunting to pupils of all abilities, but we understand how important it is to make our curriculum supportive, accessible and relevant.  

The department focuses on communication and using a lot of spoken language work, with regular high quality listening tasks, which enable pupils to get a real sense of achievement early in their studies.  

Literacy is a key target and the study of Spanish will enhance pupils’ understanding of their own language and improve reading ability. We use overt study of grammatical concepts, which is transferrable to other subjects.  

Lessons are prepared with all ability ranges in mind and differentiated through use of Gold, Silver and Bronze activities. We support pupils’ learning with technology.  

The department uses a variety of pupil grouping with peer support and group work, which can be used to support and stretch pupils. 

Historically boys’ achievement in languages has lagged behind girls nationally. To redress the balance the SOW reflects a variety of tasks to engage both sexes and the high level of competition and use of ICT also encourage boys’ achievement.  

We are sensitive to the needs of disadvantaged pupils and provide resources, intervention and extra support to ensure this does not become a barrier to learning and achievement.  

For more information regarding the modern foreign languages curriculum please contact Mrs G Velasco (Head of Modern Foreign Languages)  velascog@maghullhigh.com 

 

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