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Modern Foreign Languages

  • "L’homme qui sait deux langues en vaut deux."
  • "Una persona que habla, dos idiomas, vale por dos."
  • "A man who speaks two languages is worth two men."

We are a department who strives to create a diverse and exciting Curriculum to inspire the next generation of linguists. Our department is staffed by highly skilled linguists, who are passionate about ensuring pupils have language acquisition, knowledge and retention, building of vocabulary incrementally throughout the key stages. In the department, we have five classrooms dedicated to French and Spanish teaching which are fully equipped with IWB, and pupils have access to their own digital devices.

We are passionate about our pupils learning languages, and we know the benefits of learning a language are immeasurable. Learning a language is a life skill, which will open doors of opportunity in further study and in employment. We strive to give pupils knowledge and experiences insight into another culture is invaluable. We strive to promote communication and understanding in a way that all pupils may enjoy their learning and find it rewarding.

We believe in creating the next generation of linguists. A Westfield Linguist should be able to:

  • Understand grammar concepts with ease
  • Speak confidently
  • Write about topics with purpose
  • Read widely and retain a broad base of vocabulary
  • Listen and understand the target language
  • To guess, speculate and remember vocabulary

If you would like to get in touch, please e-mail: cak@westfield.academy.

Key Stage 3

At the start of Year 7, pupils learn both French and Spanish. We build on the linguistic foundation of pupils' KS2 language journey and at the end of Year 7, pupils choose to continue to study French or Spanish. Throughout Year 8, pupils gain a firm grounding in French or Spanish, building on transferable language learning skills from primary school and Year 7. In Year 9, pupils continue with their chosen language but are put into option classes and where classes are timetabled together we try to create Higher and Foundation classes.

KS 3 (French)

Half-Term 1
  • Year 7: Introductions
  • Year 8: Holidays
  • Year 9: Social life
Half-Term 2
  • Year 7: Sports and school
  • Year 8: Media
  • Year 9: Healthy lifestyles
Half-Term 3
  • Year 7: Describing a musician
  • Year 8: A trip to Paris
  • Year 9: Work and travel
Half-Term 4
  • Year 7: School subjects & telling the time
  • Year 8: Free time and leisure
  • Year 9: Ideal holiday
Half-Term 5
  • Year 7: Free time
  • Year 8: Where I live
  • Year 9: Citizenship explored
Half-Term 6
  • Year 7: Holidays
  • Year 8: French cuisine
  • Year 9: Film module

KS3 (Spanish)

Half-Term 1
  • Year 7: Introductions
  • Year 8: Holidays
  • Year 9: Days out
Half-Term 2
  • Year 7: Free time
  • Year 8: Media
  • Year 9: Future plans
Half-Term 3
  • Year 7: School
  • Year 8: Food and drink
  • Year 9: Healthy living
Half-Term 4
  • Year 7: Family and friends
  • Year 8: Fashion
  • Year 9: Citizenship explored
Half-Term 5
  • Year 7: Town
  • Year 8: Summer Activities
  • Year 9: Trip to Madrid
Half-Term 6
  • Year 7: Hispanic culture
  • Year 8: Football mania
  • Year 9: Film module

 

Key Stage 4

Pupils continue to study French or Spanish in Years 10 & 11. We follow the AQA GCSE course and students have access to the online textbooks as well as access to resources on Google Classroom. Pupils are able to complete homework tasks on Activelearn, and have opportunities to practise their speaking with our native French & Spanish Assistants. At the end of the Year 11, pupils take four exams - Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing, and each exam is weighted at 25% of the course.

KS4 French

Half-Term 1
  • Year 10: Family and relationships
  • Year 11: Work and future plans
Half-Term 2
  • Year 10: Free time and leisure
  • Year 11: The environment
Half-Term 3
  • Year 10: Festivals and celebrations
  • Year 11: Exam prep
Half-Term 4
  • Year 10: Town and country
  • Year 11: Exam prep
Half-Term 5
  • Year 10: Holidays
  • Year 11: Exam prep
Half-Term 6
  • Year 10: School

KS4 Spanish

Half-Term 1
  • Year 10: Holidays
  • Year 11: Work and future plans
Half-Term 2
  • Year 10: School
  • Year 11: The environment
Half-Term 3
  • Year 10: Family and relationships
  • Year 11: Exam prep
Half-Term 4
  • Year 10: Free time and leisure
  • Year 11: Exam prep
Half-Term 5
  • Year 10: Town and country
  • Year 11: Exam prep
Half-Term 6
  • Year 10: Festivals and celebrations

 

Key Stage 5

Pupils who take a language in Years 12 & 13 follow the AQA course in French & Spanish, and they have access to an online textbook for the course. The course comprises four topics, which are taught over the two years and as part of the course pupils study a book and film. As part of the course pupils choose an area of study that is of interest to them, and this topic is used to prepare for the speaking exam. The course allows pupils to develop their language skills further and the research skills they acquire are valuable asset for further study at University. The final exams are taken at the end of Year 13.

Half-Term 1
  • Year 12:
    • La gastronomía / las lenguas
    • Pan’s Laberinth
  • Year 13:
    • Jóvenes y la política / el paro jóvenes
    • Dictatura de Franco / monarquía en España
Half-Term 2
  • Year 12:
    • Tradiciones y costumbres / patrimonio cultural
    • La familia / el matrimonio / divorcio
  • Year 13:
    • Sociedad ideal / inmigración : aspectos +&-
    • Dictadores latinoamericanos / manifestaciones y huelgas
Half-Term 3
  • Year 12:
    • Arte y arquitectura / patrimonio musical + diversidad
    • Influencia de la iglesia Católica / Pan’s Laberinth
  • Year 13:
    • Inmigración en mundo hispánico / pbs : los indocumentados / actitudes racistas-xenófobas
    • Sindicatos / protestas sociales / convivencia de culturas
Half-Term 4
  • Year 12:
    • El internet / móviles inteligentes 
    • Cantantes y mùsicos / estrellas de tv y cine
  • Year 13:
    • Medidas contra el racismo / legislación anti-racista
    • La educación / las religiones
Half-Term 5
  • Year 12:
    • Las redes sociales / Como Agua Para Chocolate
    • Modelos / mujer en mercado laboral
  • Year 13:
    • Revision + IRP
Half-Term 6
  • Year 12:
    • CAPC
    • Machismo y femenismo / derechos de los gays y personas transgénero

Exams & Assessments

Assessments in MFL lessons are completed in a variety of formative and summative assessments.

In lessons, we have mini-reviews in which pupils peer or self-mark their classwork. At the end of each half-term, we complete assessments in French and / or Spanish. These test the learning of pupils over the half-term in different skills.

As part of the pupils' homework speaking and writing will be assessed and there are opportunities for speaking to be practised across the lessons. Formal Writing tasks are assessed by the classroom teachers.

KS3 (French & Spanish)

Half-Term 1
  • Year 7: Listening assessment
  • Year 8: Listening and reading assessment
  • Year 9: Listening and reading assessment writing photocard
  • Year 10: Listening and reading assessment writing photocard
  • Year 11: Module 7 - Exampro listening and reading 
  • Year 12: Listening, reading and translation, speaking card with assistant
  • Year 13: Listening, reading and translation essay, speaking card with assistant
Half-Term 2
  • Year 7: Reading assessment
  • Year 8: Listening and reading assessment
  • Year 9: Listening and reading assessment speaking photocard
  • Year 10: Listening and reading assessment speaking role play
  • Year 11: Module 8 - Exampro listening and reading 
  • Year 12: Listening, reading and translation, speaking card with assistant
  • Year 13: Listening, reading and translation essay, mock speaking 
Half-Term 3
  • Year 7: Listening assessment
  • Year 8: Listening and reading assessment
  • Year 9: Listening and reading assessment writing photocard
  • Year 10: Listening and reading assessment writing photocard
  • Year 11: Mocks
  • Year 12: Mocks - Listening, reading and translation, speaking card with assistant
  • Year 13: Mocks - Paper 1 (listening, reading and writing), Paper 2 (writing) and Paper 3 (speaking)
Half-Term 4
  • Year 7: Reading assessment
  • Year 8: Listening and reading assessment
  • Year 9: Listening and reading assessment speaking photocard
  • Year 10: Listening and reading assessment speaking role play
  • Year 11: Exam Prep
Half-Term 5
  • Year 7: Listening assessment
  • Year 8: Listening and reading assessment
  • Year 9: Listening and reading assessment 90 words writing task
  • Year 10: Listening and reading assessment 90/150 words writing task
  • Year 11: National Examinations
  • Year 12: UCAS exams in all skills
Half-Term 6
  • Year 7: Listening and reading assessment
  • Year 8: Listening and reading assessment
  • Year 9: Listening and reading assessment 90 words writing task
  • Year 10: Year 10 Mocks

 

Enrichment & Extracurricular

There are a number of homework clubs and lunchtime support for pupils we also organise visits and excursions to French and Spanish places of interest.

Key Stage 3
  • Homework club – to support with Activelearn
  • Activities week – we plan French and Spanish cooking opportunities
  • Visiting French and Spanish Institute in London
  • Visits to the Chateau du Broutel in Rue
Key Stage 4
  • Spanish Trip with Haylsbury Travel
  • French Trip to PGL Paris
  • University of Cambridge days
Key Stage 5
  • Study conferences
  • Work experience with Haylsbury Travel
  • University of Cambridge days

Resources

To encourage independent learning, we suggest a variety of useful links to the following websites: