At St. Aidan’s we value languages and believe they are an indispensable skill in the modern world. This reflects the department’s vision of educating the individual to become a highly skilled, well rounded and truly global citizen. In KS3, pupils develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. There is a big focus on active learning as this is engaging and it also encourages students to interact successfully; vital for anyone learning a language. We also take time to develop a cultural knowledge of the countries who speak the foreign languages we teach. We believe this is vital for nurturing well rounded and broad minded young citizens.
Pupils on the KS4 GCSE languages course develop communication skills on a range of topics including tourism, healthy living, technology, popular culture, citizenship and environmental issues. Extra-curricular activities in MFL help students further practise their language skills and help to promote the importance of languages. Language competitions, foreign film cinema trips, language trips, spelling bees and university led MFL careers events all serve to develop our students’ skills, confidence and broaden their cultural understanding.
- To ensure that pupils can communicate in MFL by the time they leave our school.
- To present a varied and engaging content that dovetails linguistic knowledge with grammatical understanding.
- To develop confident, independent and reflective language learners.
- To raise pupils’ awareness of different cultures, giving them a broader perspective on the world.
- To provide a solid grounding in MFL that provides students with the skills required for further study at both A level and in further education.
- To highlight the career and enrichment opportunities available to students who can communicate in another language.
See Curriculum Map below.
The impact of our curriculum will be measured by progress in the following areas:
- The mastery in key knowledge and skills in KS3 relating to listening, speaking reading and writing. This will lay the foundation for good progress in KS4.
- The acquisition of both knowledge and key grammar concepts in the context of 3 main themes, (Identity and Culture, Current and Future Study and Employment & Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest.)
- The development of pupils’ cultural knowledge and understanding leading to a much broader outlook on the world and the opportunities it can offer.
- Awareness of post 16 pathways available to language students.