Key Stage 3

In MFL at KS3 pupils are taught both French and Spanish for 3 one hour lessons each over a 2 week period.  Pupils begin to understand, speak, read and write in the target language where they become familiar with the sounds, word stems and grammar patterns, and uses this knowledge with increasing competence to express themselves in role-plays, conversations and writing.  Pupils also increase their cultural awareness by communicating with people who speak the language and by using materials from countries and communities where the language is spoken.  N.C.levels is used in all lessons and results of any work completed are used in target setting.  Work can be a mixture of teacher assessment, self-assessment or peer assessment.  All pupils also sit a termly end of unit test and the course books used are Métro and ¡Mira!

The Year 7 course covers a wide array of topics such as: Personal Identification, Numbers & Dates, The alphabet, Family, Pets, and School.  We initially draw from the Key Stage 2 Literacy Strategy building on pupils’ prior learning in English to form the foundation for teaching MFL.  Therefore a lot of emphasis is placed on recognizing cognates and sounds and vocabulary and basic sentence building as well as geographical and cultural awareness.  Year 7s are invited to participate on a one-day reward trip to France in the summer term.

The Year 8 course aims to give pupils the opportunity to build on the work covered in the previous year and covers topics from countries, capitals, languages and nationalities, weather and seasons, places in town, directions,  means of transport, helping at home and talking about future plans. Pupils extend their reading and writing skills plus their ability to listen and speak in the target language with a particular emphasis on developing their opinion.  Some Year 8 pupils will have the opportunity to participate in the Arsenal Football Language Club as a reward.

The Year 9 course completes the study of a foreign language at Key Stage 3.  Pupils study a variety of topics based on illnesses, leisure, holidays, giving opinions, describing films and programmes you watch on TV.  Pupils begin extended writing activities using word frames and both the past and future tenses are consolidated.  The purpose of the course is to ensure that a firm foundation has been laid for further study of a language at Key Stage 4.  Some Year 9 pupils are invited to take part in the residential reward trips to Paris and Barcelona.