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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome to the Modern Foreign Language Department

The MFL Department's goals are to give students the opportunity to:

  • become confident speakers who can use the target MFL language spontaneously to converse inside and outside the classroom
  • develop good pronunciation and intonation by applying the phonics system to correct and predict the pronunciation of new words
  • develop their ability to understand the spoken and written target language across a range of authentic materials (including literary texts), topics and registers
  • develop their awareness about grammar and language patterns so they can speak, write and translate appropriately, creatively and with increasing accuracy.
  • acquire transferable language learning and literacy skills
  • widen their cultural knowledge of the world in which the language is spoken
  • take up a language at KS4 and KS5

Languages taught are French and Spanish which are randomly allocated in Year 7.   Spanish was introduced in Year 7 in September 2011 and is now available throughout KS3 and KS4.

Throughout KS3 and KS4, we use a variety of tasks to introduce, practise and memorise vocabulary, grammatical rules and verb conjugation endings, in as many ways as possible to ensure coverage of the programmes of study and a balance of the four skills - reading writing/translating, listening and speaking.   We make full use of online resources and interactive vocabulary learning websites.

 

Key Stage 3 

Click here for the Department of Education programmes of study for Languages programmes at KS3 and KS4.

 

Key stage 3 French topics:

Year 7 French

Term

Unit of Work Summary: by the end of this unit students will be able to understand and use French in the following topics:
Autumn Term 1 Introductions Phonics & Pronunciation practice; Introduction to France and French speaking countries and culture; Classroom talk; Sentence building; basic connectives; Using cognates to decode meaning ; Alphabet; Greetings and introducing yourself;; Numbers to 31, Months, Days, Dates, French ; Memorising vocabulary and Independent Learning.
Autumn Term 2 My world Expressing likes and dislikes and basic opinions; Describing self, family and others; Describing a photo: a typical classroom; Leisure activities; Christmas celebrations.
Spring Term 1 Life at school Learning the time; school subjects; school uniform, describing the school day; schools in France; my ideal school.
Spring Term 2 Free time French speaking countries; the weather; leisure activities; sports; use of technology.
Summer Term 1 Family life European countries; Pets; Colours; Numbers to 100; Describing family members.
Summer Term 2 Family life Describing where you live; Adjectives; Having breakfast; Bastille day celebrations.

 

Year 8 French

Term Unit of Work Summary: by the end of this unit students will be able to understand and use French in the following topics:
Autumn Term 1 Famille et domicile (Family and home life) Describing yourself and your family (physical and character description) including pets.
Describing where you live, your house/home.
Autumn Term 2 Ma région Describing your local area, describing your town and what you can do there, your region and tourist attractions and your country. Also shopping in town and at the French café.
Spring Term 1 On va à Paris Using the near future tense to plan a trip and to say what you are going to do in Paris, Looking at the famous monuments and landmarks in Paris.
Spring Term 2 Les vacances désastreuses Using the past tense (passé compose to talk about what you did on holiday. Describing a disastrous holiday as well as an extraordinary trip.
Summer Term 1 Les fêtes et les festivals Talking and researching different holidays, celebrations and festivals in France and across the French-Speaking world. Learning about food and specialities. 
Summer Term 2 Mes passe-temps Talking about hobbies and pastimes, the digital world and the cinema.

 

Year 9 French

Term Unit of Work Summary
Autumn Term 1 Les loisirs et le cinéma Talking about what you watch on TV, going to the cinema, different types of films, describing your favourite film and your favourite actors. Talking about film Festivals. using the present and near future tenses.
Autumn Term 2 Les loisirs et le shopping Talking about music, Francophone musicians and songs. Building listening and speaking skills through song. Understanding and using the past tense appropriately.  Talking about what you did last weekend in town. Preparing for a special occasion with your shopping.
Spring Term 1 Le sport en direct et être en bonne santé Learning about sports and sports events. Talking about illnesses, describing symptoms and what’s wrong.  Discussing food, health and fitness and healthy and unhealthy lifestyles. Talking about how to improve your health Talking about ailments and injuries. Visits to the doctors and role plays.
Spring Term 2 A quoi sert la technologie? The role of technology and social media today. Advantages and disadvantages of technology. Looking at bloggers and vloggers. Deciding if young people could live without their mobile phones and the impact of cyber bullying.
Summer Term 1 L’argent du poche Young people and work (part-time) earning money. Future plans and what they are going to do after school. Talking about your ideal job. (near future tense and conditional tense).
Summer Term 2 La mode Learning about clothes, clothes shopping, problems concerning the fashion industry and health. Designing clothes and researching French fashion designers.

 

Key stage 3 Spanish topics:

Year 7 Spanish   

Term  Unit of Work Summary: by the end of this unit students will be able to understand and use Spanish in the following topics:
Autumn Term 1 Introductions Phonics & Pronunciation practice; Introduction to Spain and Spanish speaking countries and culture; Classroom talk; Sentence building; basic connectives; Using cognates to decode meaning ; Alphabet; Greetings and introducing yourself;; Numbers to 31, Months, Days, Dates, Memorising vocabulary and Independent Learning.
Autumn Term 2 My preferences Colours and basic opinions; Extending sentences using connectives and conjunctions; Classroom equipment; Describing a photo; The Spanish-speaking world; Christmas celebrations.
Spring Term 1 My world Counting to 100; Pets; describing family members; physical and personality descriptions; Adjectives.
Spring Term 2 My free time Talking about hobbies; sports; music; the weather; famous Spanish-speaking musicians and sports stars; infinitive verbs; using the present tense.
Summer Term 1 Where I live Describing the area where you live; using ser and estar; type of accommodation; my bedroom; using prepositions of place.
Summer Term 2 Where I live Describing your ideal home; House chores; project work on the Canary Islands.

 

Year 8 Spanish

Term Unit of Work Summary: by the end of this unit students will be able to understand and use Spanish in the following topics:
Autumn Term 1 Donde Vivo yo Describing the area where you live, your house, rooms in the house, your dream house (using the conditional tense) Explaining what you do to help out at home/household chores.
Autumn Term 2 ¿Adónde vas? Talking about places in town and what you usually do there.  Talking about what you are going to do in the near future.  Making and reacting to invitations using excuses. Giving directions.
Spring Term 1 El fin de semana Discussing what you are going to do at the weekend using the near future tense. Discussing rural and urban environments and discussing how things may have changed in the towns (using the imperfect tense).
Spring Term 2 Al colegio (1) Talking about school, school subjects, detailed opinions about subjects, telling the time and describing the school routine and timetable.
Summer Term 1 Al colegio (2) Describing the school environment. Talking about extra-curricular activities.
Summer Term 2 La comida Giving opinions on food and drink, ordering food in a restaurant. Special occasions and festival foods.

 

Year 9 Spanish 

Term

 

Unit of Work Summary: by the end of this unit students will be able to understand and use Spanish in the following topics:
Autumn Term 1 La comida Giving opinions on food and drink, ordering food in a restaurant. Special occasions and festival foods. Being able to describe dishes in detail.
Autumn Term 2 Mi dieta sana What makes a healthy diet. Improving your diet and fitness. Illness and parts of the body and being able to tell the doctor what is wrong with you. Discussing health problems and concerns.
Spring Term 1 Las vacaciones (1) Talking about transport and holiday travel, activities that you do on holiday, cultural information on Peru and Puerto Rico. Describing holidays and opinions describing a past holiday using the preterit tense. Studying the Amazon.
Spring Term 2 Las vacaciones (2) Talking about future holidays, learning about Guatemala.

Summer Term 1

Generación digital Learning about the internet and social media. Looking at television in the Hispanic world. Studying films at the cinema and at home.
Summer Term 2

La música

Describing musical tastes and genres.

 

Key stage four

Our current Year 10 and Year 11 MFL cohorts are entered:

  • for the WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) examination in French, Click here for the Eduqas GCSE (9-1) French specifications  
  • and the AQA GCSE (9-1) examination in Spanish.  Click here for the AQA GCSE (9-1) Spanish  specifications:

All the four MFL GCSE (9-1) examinations take place at the end of Year 11 and must ALL be at the SAME tier of entry either Foundation or Higher:

  • Speaking examination, 25% of the qualification - 60 marks
  • Listening examination, 25% of the qualification - 45 marks
  • Reading examination, 25% of the qualification - 60 marks
  • Writing examination, 25% of the qualification - 60 marks

 

Year 10 French topics:

Term Unit(s) of Work Summary: by the end of this unit students will have developed their knowledge  and understanding of the following topics:
Autumn Term 1

Identity and Culture

Youth Culture

Grammatical skills

Exam skills

  • Self and Relationship
  • Adjectives and intensifiers, the near future tense, the future and conditional tenses
  • Speaking and writing exam practice
Autumn Term 2

Identity and culture

Youth Culture

Grammatical skills

Exam skills

  • Technology and Social Media
  • Listening and reading practice
Spring Term 1

Local, National, International and Global areas of interest

Home and Locality

Grammatical skills

Exam skills

  • Local Areas of Interest
  • Transport
  • Revision of Present, Imperfect, Perfect and Near future tenses
  • Speaking and Writing exam practice
Spring Term 2

Current and future study and employment

Current Study

Grammar consolidation

Exam skills

  • School/College Life
  • School/College Studies
  • Speaking and Exam practice
  • Reading and Listening Assessments
Summer Term 1

Identity and culture

Lifestyle

Grammar consolidation

Exam skills

  • Health and Fitness
  • Entertainment and Leisure
  • Speaking and Exam practice
Summer Term 2

Identity and culture

Entertainment and Leisure

Grammar consolidation

Exam skills

  • Cinema, music, reading, television and going out
  • Writing and speaking practice

 

Year 10 Spanish Topics:

Term Unit(s) of Work Summary - By the end of this unit students will have developed their knowledge and understanding of the following topics:
Autumn Term 1

Local, National, International and Global areas of interests

 

Holidays and tourism

  • Local and Regional Features and Characteristics
  • Holidays and Tourism
  • Holiday preferences; the weather; activities; adjectives; infinitive verbs; the present tense; Talking about past holidays, the past tense.
Autumn Term 2

Current and future study and employment

  • Applying for jobs, earning money; work experience; plans for the future.
Spring Term 1

Identity and culture – Family life & leisure activities

  • Talking about family life and socialising; Describing people;
  • Talking about family life and socialising; Describing people. Describing relationships; using ser and estar
Spring Term 2 Identity and culture 
  • TV; film; sports; leisure activities; role-model;
  • Using the present continuous
Summer Term 1

Local, National, International and Global areas of interest

  • Healthy life style
Summer Term 2 Identity and culture 
  • Revision for the end of year examinations

 

Year 11 French topics:

Term Unit(s) of Work Summary - By the end of this unit students will have developed their knowledge  and understanding of the following topics:
Autumn Term 1 Holidays and Tourism
  • Booking rooms in a hotel/accommodation
  • Problems at a hotel/resort using imperfect
  • Ideal holiday using conditional
  • Speaking and writing exam practice
Autumn Term 2

Food and Drink

Festival and Celebrations

  • Regional food
  • Restaurants and menus
  • Expressions of quantities
  • Music/Food/cultural celebrations
  • Comparatives and superlatives
  • Preparation for PPE exams
Spring Term 1

Work experience and part time jobs


Applying for work/study

 

Career plans, skills and personal qualities

  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Past tenses revision
  • Opinions/Adjectives
     
  • Post-16 study, CVs, projects, studying abroad
     
  • Career plans /advantages/disadvantages
  • Demonstrative pronouns – matching employers to employees/recruiting
     
  • Exam practice
Spring Term 2

The environment

 

Social Issues

  • Problems and Solutions
  • Recycling
  • Nuclear energy, renewable energies
     
  • World problems
  • The homeless
  • Immigration
  • Refugees
  • Speaking and writing practice
Summer Term 1  
  • Revision and exam practice.

 

 

Year 11 Spanish topics:   

Term Unit(s) of Work Summary - By the end of this unit students will have developed their knowledge  and understanding of the following topics:

Autumn Term 1

 

Current and future study and employment

  • Applying for jobs, earning money; work experience; plans for the future.

 

Autumn Term 2

Identity and Culture

Family life, Relationships & leisure activities

  • Learning vocabulary and conjugation.
     
  • Talking about family life and socialising; Describing people; leisure activities; reading; new technology; using the present continuous; Describing relationships; using ser and estar.
     
  • TV; film; sports; leisure activities; role-model.
     
  • Revision for PPE exams.
Spring Term 1

Local, National, International and Global areas of interest

  • Preparing for the speaking exam.
     
  • The environment; Health; Global issues and local actions.
Spring Term 2

Local, National, International and Global areas of interest

  • Preparing for the speaking exam.
     
  • Town, city, region, shopping.
     
  • Daily routine, typical meals, food, music, festivals.
Summer Term 1 Revision
  • Intensive listening, reading, writing practice and vocab revision.