MFL

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Intent

We aim to teach aspiring linguists to become independent, open minded, well informed people, who see beyond borders, their own background and experience and who are able to communicate and use their knowledge of languages and cultures to broaden their horizons.

We foster ideas of trial and error, resilience and creativity to reach success in MFL. We promote the idea that languages are for life and have the potential to open doors both in their mind and in their future.

Students build a body of language, grammar and skills over the course of Key Stage 3 and refine those at Key Stage 4 through a spiral curriculum format. Topics covered lower down the school are revisited and greater depth of expression is taught to allow students to be able to express their ideas more fully.

 

Implementation

In MFL we use a mixture of aspirational targets and curriculum, as well as top down differentiation, high standards and expectations for all students of all abilities and needs. We regularly re-visit material for consolidation and extension and students engage in a programme of study that covers a wide range of topics and builds upon prior attainment and achievement. Students are not picked to study MFL because they are the best, languages are open for all.

In MFL we aspire to use relevant, interesting and authentic material, linking to future and real world relevance as well as lessons.  Activity is monitored regularly throughout lessons to ensure maximum engagement.

All students build knowledge through a variety of teaching and learning styles and are regularly tested either through AFL, half termly end of module tests, as well as more regular vocabulary/grammar tests.

Each lesson always contains an element of literacy and numeracy through reading texts, comprehension activities, as well as instructions for activities. Students read almost every lesson and sometimes for homework. The curriculum is reviewed through regular department meetings and assessment data at the end of each half term to see if the Scheme of Work needs re-structuring to ensure better progression for students.

Impact

 

Assessing the impact on MFL is currently in a state of flux with no KS4 data as yet. The KS3 experience has been inconsistent prior to the 2020/21 academic year and academic progress has been slow.

Current assessment data and observations made by Senior Leadership and students alike is showing a vast improvement in student engagement and therefore progress.

Although confidence is still building, there is a pleasingly growing culture of positivity, resilience and aspiration to succeed in MFL. Year 7 progress in particular, is extremely satisfactory. Students are excelling in use and understanding of Target Language as well as are showing a good ability to work independently in all skill areas.

Information from the school behaviour system shows that students across the years generally show a positive interest in learning.

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