MODERN LANGUAGES

It begins with a few words and phrases and that small investment can grow into a lifetime of interest, employment and opportunity.”

John Worne (British Council)

The Modern Languages Department at Formby High School aims to engage students in a positive view of themselves as language learners and to encourage students to value discovering more about heritage and cultures with an understanding that languages are more than the sum of their parts.

We aim to provide support for students to be able to experience success and to use their achievements when visiting or working in other countries with enhanced employability. In addition to academic support, our students are guided in culture and world affairs right from the very start of their language learning path.

We are very proud of our students’ languages success at both GCSE and A level and of the top grades achieved in language degrees by our ex-students..

Modern Languages Curriculum Map – Key Stages 3 to 5

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Modern Languages Curriculum Related Expectations

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Year 7: Soy yo (I’m me)

Students develop a positive view of themselves as engaged language learners, interact with classmates though tasks and games, develop a positive view of culture, differences and diversity, broaden their horizons, and explore cultures. Year 7 students develop the ability to respond to speakers of another language both in speech and writing with meaningful language. Students focus on the building blocks of language: phonics, vocabulary and grammar with supported transition from Key Stage 2. Students develop the confidence to respond to speakers of another language in speech and writing. ‘French fortnight’ introduces students to links between words and languages. The Scheme of Learning embeds skills and knowledge in line with the FHS Modern Languages curriculum rationale and intent, Curriculum Related Expectations, the KS3 National Curriculum, the FHS ARR schedule, the FHS homework policy and the FHS marking and feedback policy.

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Year 8: Patrimonio español (Spanish Heritage)

Students embed Year 7 plus show the ability to manipulate language and transfer language skills to different contexts, building a verb lexicon awareness in three time frames. Students appreciate and celebrate identity, heritage, and regionalism in Spain. Students show increased clarity and confidence in language use. ‘French fortnight’ and taster sessions in Spain’s regional languages show students the possibilities for learning other languages.

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Year 9: El mundo hispanohablante (The Spanish-speaking World)

Students embed Year 7 and Year 8 work plus develop skills for transition to GCSE with transactional and descriptive language use. Students are more secure in their knowledge of high frequency vocabulary and have spaced practice to revisit prior knowledge. Students recognise the importance of learning languages for employability and the usefulness of transactional language for world-wide travel. Students learn to appreciate indigenous cultures with an awareness of heritage and the legacy of colonisation.

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Years 10 and 11: Influencias en mi vida, Ciudadanos del mundo (Influences on my life and Citizens of the World)

Students develop a broader cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world with topics related to equal rights, society, relationships and role models and they begin to draw inferences and notice socio-linguistic nuances. Students are supported in their transition from Key Stage 3 and build up GCSE foundation skills. Grammar use becomes more proceduralised and self-efficacy leads to greater autonomy. In Year 11 the most proficient students are working as expert learners through the production of more complex language in less scaffolded environments at higher tier. More complex language is used in less scaffolded environments and students have the opportunity to develop skills for progression to A level.

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Years 12 and 13: Valores e Igualdad, Identidad y liderazgo (Values and Equality, Identity and Leadership)

Students are equipped with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life, enabling them to study and work in other countries, and communicate effectively with a depth of knowledge and fluency. Students meet challenges and work with greater autonomy and the incentive to learn. Students develop composite knowledge and understanding of the politics, history and culture in societies where Spanish is spoken. The most proficient students discuss and debate diverse topics, are vocabulary rich and use language with self-assurance, flair, and authentic pronunciation. Students are supported in the transition from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5 and also from Year 12 to Year 13. In Year 13 students are supported for progression to higher education, including Oxbridge entries. The scheme of learning embeds skills and knowledge in line with the ML curriculum rationale, FHS ARR schedule, FHS homework policy, FHS marking and feedback policy and the AQA A Level Spanish specification.

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The Modern Languages Department:

At Formby High School you are taught by specialist, experienced, multi-lingual teachers using up to date resources and current pedagogical approaches. We enjoy strong links with many local universities and as a result of these links students across the school have had opportunities to attend taster sessions in Korean, Italian, Basque, Portuguese and Mandarin as well as webinars and lectures on A Level topics.

Polyglots

Students who have an additional language background have the opportunity, where suitable, to gain accreditation in their additional language at GCSE or A Level as part of our ‘Polyglots’ programme. Over 50 students have done so already in languages such as Turkish, Polish, Italian, German and Russian. Some students have followed the spirit of the Polyglots and taught themselves a new language such as Japanese from scratch in their own time – and even gone on to degree level!

Employability

“It begins with a few words and phrases and that small investment can grow into a lifetime of interest, employment and opportunity.” John Worne (British Council)

The benefits of speaking a second (or even third) language are enormous. Scientists have proved that learning a new language is a great work-out for the brain because it involves problem-solving, memory skills and communication. A proficiency in Modern Languages can lead to careers in a wide variety of sectors such as politics, tourism, journalism, international business, or international humanitarian aid and can open doors to working abroad in whichever industry a student may choose. Our key question is always ‘Where will your languages take you?’.

 

Transition – Year 7 Sneak Preview for Parents and Students

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Modern Languages Department

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Ms Lonsdale

Curriculum Leader for Modern Languages

Mrs Gibbons

Teacher of Modern Languages

Ms Gilmour

Teacher of Modern Languages

Mrs Wharmby

Teacher of Modern Languages

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