Our MFL curriculum is designed to ensure that Meadowhead students:
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language;
- Speak and write with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say;
- Recognise and use grammatical rules and a range of vocabulary to communicate effectively; and
Discover and develop an appreciation of foreign languages and other cultures.
We want every student at Meadowhead School to experience the fun and satisfaction of a foreign language. Being able to communicate in another language opens up doors to a wider range of better-paid jobs, new friends, and a more understanding world view. The future needs open-minded, forward-thinking, more tolerant linguists.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart” - Nelson Mandela, South African politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate
“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once” – Czech proverb
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Key Stage 3 (7-9)
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Term 1||Places in town and descriptions using different adjectives and opinions. Transactional language: asking for and giving directions; saying where you are going. Describing the weather in different towns and creating a weather forecast. Clothes: consolidation of adjectival agreement. Numbers to 100, transactional language shopping, using the conditional to discuss ideal uniform. Cultural aspect: Day of the Dead and Christmas in Spanish speaking countries||
Relationships with family and friends; and home.Consolidation of adjectives, negatives, prepositions, Tener, Ser and Estar, possessive adjectives, nouns, connectives to form longer sentences. Past, present and future questions.
|Assessment||Writing and translation||Reading translation and writing||Listening and reading|
|Term 2||School life (times, break time subjects, teachers, routine). Opinions and reasons introduced. Focus on regular and irregular verbs in present tense.||Sports and Hobbies, various opinions using the infinitive and first person, retrieval weather and use with new form se puede, future tense with hobbies, retrieval of present tense, introduction of past tense to discuss weekend activities, retrieval of time and daily routine activities. Cultural aspect: Easter in Spain||
School subjects, opinions, daily routine at school, time, school rules, school building. Hobbies, free time activities, TV programmes and cinema.
Hay que + infinitive, Imperative, simple use of conditional tense.
|Assessment||Listening, reading, and writing||Listening, reading, and writing||Reading|
House and home life; activities at home; furniture; descriptions of room; and your ideal house.Use of prepositions, consolidation of regular verbs in present tense, using negatives. Introduction of conditional (with key phrases)
Jobs around the house, retrieval of future tense to talk about jobs and future plans, Transactional language: making arrangements to go out and excuses, discussing preferences about film types and TV programmes.Cultural aspect: festivals and customs in Spanish speaking countries
|Food and drink, Sport, Festivals in Spain. Future tense, Saying what you would like, Regular preterite tense and recognition of imperfect tense.|
Key Stage 4 (10-11)
|Year 10||Year 11|
|Term 1||My town, School and uniform/clothes; Holidays and Tourism||Holidays and travel; Regions of Spain ; Environment and social issues|
|Assessment||Writing||Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing|
|Term 2||Options post 16, Jobs and future plans; Healthy living||Recap of relationship, family and friends, Social media and festivals|
|Assessment||Reading||GCSE Speaking Exam|
|Term 3||Technology, use of mobile phones; work experience; exam practice||Exam practice and revision.|
|Assessment||Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing||N/A|
Key Stage 5 (12-13)
|Year 12||Year 13|
|Term 1||Families, Modern and traditional values, cyberspace and Equality. Volver/Como agua para chocolate.||Racism; Convivencia; Politics; Volver and Como agua para chocolate.|
|Term 2||Influence of idols; New culture of fame; Regional identity of Spain||Monarchy; Francoism; Dictatorships; Social movements.|
|Assessment||Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing.||Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing.|
|Term 3||Cultural heritage; Immigration; IRP launched||Immigration and revision.|
|Assessment||Assessment week – speaking, listening, reading, and writing.||Resit Trials|
Extra-curricular / enrichment
Trips and exchanges abroad, access to Foreign Language Assistant, Homework Support Club, KS4 weekly revision sessions, February and Easter holiday revision sessions.