Key Stage 3: 

In Year 7, pupils are taught five periods of French or Spanish each week, according to their choice. In Year 8 and 9 pupils are currently taught in set groups and study four hours weekly. Homework is set regularly on and regular feedback is given as to how students can improve their work, which must be responded to using a purple pen. Culture awareness and spontaneous language is an integral part of their programme of study.

Year 7 French:

In Year 7 French, pupils work on the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. They learn how to give and understand basic personal information on themes such as name, age, physical description, family and pets, as well as learning numbers and how to tell the time. In addition, pupils learn how to talk about where they live, their hobbies, leisure activities and the lessons they like or dislike, giving short reasons to explain why. Basic grammar is introduced, including the present tense, as are common opinion structures and question words. Pupils are encouraged to participate in French as much as possible during lessons. Pupils work with Le Petit Nicholas, an original French film in order to learn about school life.

Year 7 Spanish:

In Year 7 Spanish, pupils work on the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. They learn how to give and understand basic personal information on themes such as greetings, name, age, physical description, family and pets, as well as learning numbers and how to tell the time. In addition, basic grammar is introduced, including the present tense, as are common opinion structures and question words. Pupils are encouraged to participate in Spanish as much as possible during lessons. Pupils work with Spanish Speaking World to learn about where they live, about their life, which country they like or dislike and give short reasons to explain why.

Year 8 French:

In Year 8 pupils develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The work is based around the topics of past and future, talking about events of their school daily life as rules, detentions and plans. Pupils develop their intercultural awareness by working with the films of Les Choristes, looking at learning key information about the French revolution. Increasing pupils’ grammar awareness is also a focus, particularly regarding past and future verb tenses to enable them to produce more complex linguistic structures and achieve at a higher level. The skill of giving and justifying opinions is also explored further.

Year 8 Spanish:

In Year 8 pupils develop their Spanish skills in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The work is based around the topics of holidays, daily routine, past holidays, food and eating out, clothes, school uniform, and a focus on the short film Manolto Gafotas. Pupils develop their intercultural awareness by studying this Spanish film. Increasing pupils’ grammar is also a focus, particularly verb tenses, to enable pupils to produce more complex linguistic structures and achieve at a higher level. The skill of giving and justifying opinions is also explored further.

Year 9 French:

In Year 9 pupils further develop their French skills in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The work is based around holidays, environment and Local Area. In Year 9 there is an increased emphasis on confident, spontaneous speaking and writing in readiness for the GCSE course. Grammar is also a focus, particularly the expression of activities in past, present and future tenses, which enable pupils to produce more complex linguistic structures and achieve at a higher level.

Pupils will also be introduced to reflexive verbs and the conditional, with an extension topic based around human rights issues at the end of the year. Pupils develop their intercultural awareness by studying Au Revoir les Enfants where they will understand the situation of France during Second World War.

Year 9 Spanish:

In Year 9 pupils further develop their skills in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The work is based in teenagers’ life the topics of, basic environmental problems and house and home. On an intercultural level, a Spanish film is also studied Lengua de Mariposas to learn the topic of school. Pupils will be learning about Spain during the Civil World. In Year 9 there is an increased emphasis on confident, spontaneous speaking and writing in readiness for the GCSE course. Grammar is also a focus, particularly the expression of activities in past, present and future tenses, which enable pupils to produce more complex linguistic structures and achieve at a higher level. Pupils will also be introduced to reflexive verbs and the conditional.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum:

Students may choose to continue with one language in Year 10, building on their knowledge from Key Stage 3, and preparing for the requirements of GCSE. Students follow 6h of lessons per fortnight. Homework is set each week and may include Yabla.com videos, grammatical work, reading comprehension, writing, speaking preparation, research or vocabulary learning. Pupils’ progress is regularly assessed against their minimum target grade.

Years 10 and Year 11 course offer

We offer the following courses:

Students build on the skills and knowledge acquired in Year 9. At the end of Year 11, students will sit examinations in in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. They will have an opportunity to sit a formal Mock Examination in these skills and receive extensive guidance and links to practice questions. Their performance in previous Mock Examinations and class work will determine their final tier of entry (either Foundation or Higher).

Years 10 and 11 French and Spanish During the two year GCSE course, pupils will follow the AQA syllabus:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Identity and culture covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

Topic 3: Free-time activities

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2:

Local, national, international and global areas of interest covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

Topic 3: Global issues

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Year 11 GCSE French

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:

Pupils must develop their knowledge and accurate use of the past, present and future tenses, whilst giving and justifying opinions in increasingly complex ways. Pupils have access to the online resource Kerboodle and are expected to learn specification vocabulary in their own time on a regular basis.

Key Stage 5

The following courses are offered at Key Stage 5:

In Key Stage 5, students are taught for 5 periods a week, and in French and Spanish, students also have 1 extra period either individually or in a small group with a maximum of three students, to develop speaking skills. This extra period may be with a Language Assistant or one of the teaching staff.

Students are expected to complete five hours per week of private study and revision each week, and the work produced is monitored and assessed on a regular basis.

Students will enter the Year 1 A level examinations at the end of Y12, which test Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing and Translation skills. However, if the full A level course is studied to the end of Y13, the Y12 results will not count towards the final A level grade and all topics from the 2 years will be covered in the final A level examinations.

Year 12 French:  In Year 12, students cover a wide range of topics through the AQA course, as well as the film ‘La Haine’

Social issues and trends:

Aspects of French-speaking society:

Current trends

Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any French-speaking country or countries.

Artistic culture

Students must study the following themes and sub-themes in relation to at least one French-speaking country.

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any French-speaking country or countries.

Year 12 Spanish: In Year 12, students cover a wide range of topics  through the AQA course, as well as the film ‘Ocho apellidos vascos”

This course requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in the language studied with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken French in a variety of contexts and genres. Students have access to the online resource Kerboodle and are expected to learn specification vocabulary on a regular basis.In addition to the topics covered in the first year of the A level course, the following is studied, as well as the book ‘L’étranger’’; and an Individual Research Project, the subject of which is chosen by the student and which is discussed in the oral examination, is researched.

Current issues

Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any French-speaking country or countries.

Aspects of French-speaking society:

Year 13 French

Grammar is an integral part of the course; and alongside consolidation of what was learnt at GCSE, new concepts will be introduced and practised in each unit. There will be much opportunity during class for debate and discussion in the target-language and students are encouraged at all times to communicate with each other in the target-language.

A-level MFL helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in the chosen language and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where it is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any French-speaking country or countries.

Students are expected throughout the course to communicate in the target-language at all times and carry out a substantial amount of private reading and listening at home, including weekly Yabla.com videos.

Pupils have access to the online resource Kerboodle and are expected to learn specification vocabulary on a regular basis.

Year 13 Spanish

In addition to the topics covered in the first A level year, the following is studied, as well as the book La casa de Bernarda Alba; and an Individual Research Project, the subject of which is chosen by the student and which is discussed in the oral examination, is researched.

Spanish exchange:  Years 12-13 Spanish Exchange to Mallorca

The aims of the Modern Foreign Languages Department:

Vision

We believe that the study of Modern Languages and cultures is a fundamental part of Saint Cecilia’s curriculum because it is intellectually fulfilling, fun and equips students with valuable knowledge, skills and attributes that will enable them to flourish in our global society.

‘Confident’ students: 

‘Curious’ students:

‘Competent’ students:

Make continuous progress and exceed their target grade/level.

Aims

We aim to create ‘Confident, Competent and Curious’ students.

Extra-Curricular Provision in MFL

Extra-curricular offer include: