Curriculum Overview

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Subject: Modern Foreign Languages

Faculty Leader: Mr A Casey

Deputy Faculty Leader: Mrs R Phillips


School Mission

'As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our respect for others.  We value our God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a safe and happy environment.  Everyone should know that we are followers of God by what we do, not just by what we say.'

Faculty Vision

"The aim of the MFL faculty is to empower pupils with a thirst for language learning and to ensure that all pupils are made aware that the world is a big place that can be explored more easily through the power of language acquisition."

Inspirational Quote

'If you talk to a man in a language that he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.'

                                                                                                                            Nelson Mandela

Curriculum Intent

The rationale of the current modern foreign languages curriculum at The Barlow Roman Catholic High School is:

·         To inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about world cultures, the languages within it and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

·         To equip pupils with knowledge about language structure and development, verbs, tenses and moral and cultural issues, together with a deep understanding of how to develop and manipulate language in such a way that communication is clear and precise.

·         To develop pupils' skills across all 4 skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

·         To provide a balanced curriculum that covers all of the key areas of global and social issues, personal relationships, free time and leisure together with education and future plans.

·         To develop contextual knowledge of the foreign language across all 4 skill areas -using both authentic and artificial source material.

·         To develop competency in an MFL learner so that the pupil is able to:

·         Work out the meaning of familiar and unfamiliar language using context.

·         Translate a written text or audio material from one language to another.

·         Communicate accurately in a variety of ways, including through speech, response to an audio track or through the use of extended writing .

KS4 Course Rationale

AQA GCSE (9-1) French and Spanish

·         The qualification allows for a wide breadth of study, covering a range of topics on a local, national and global scale. The course is split into three themes and within each theme there are four sub topics that are relevant and up-to-date.

·         The topics offer a good balance of grammar and communication skills, with assessment taking place at the end of the course with four equally weighted skill areas relying on literacy skills, language recall, communication and grammar skills.

·         Question style on assessment materials is more accessible for cohorts with lower literacy ability if they are entered for the foundation tier with more challenging texts and assessments being made available at higher tier for the more able within the cohort.

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