Modern Foreign Languages
Learning a foreign language equips students with the valuable skills and powerful knowledge required to navigate the world as global citizens. It encourages tolerance, open mindedness and an appreciation of other cultures in addition to a far greater understanding of English.
At Harris Academy Greenwich we believe that all children should study a language and we offer a supportive and inclusive environment where all can succeed. On joining the school, our students choose whether to study French or Spanish. At both GCSE and A level we use AQA as our examining body.
Key Stage 3: Years 7 - 9
We start KS3 with a focus on phonics so that students can pronounce words with confidence and read aloud. Students are taught to understand and respond to questions about themselves and their lives. As they become more skilful, they are also able to communicate information about others. Topics covered include family, friends and relationships, school, home and local area, free time and media, and holidays. Furthermore, at the end of KS3 they learn about rights and responsibilities at home and abroad and can express opinions as global citizens. They gain an understanding of customs and festivals from target language culture, in addition to music and film.
Grammar is a central part of learning a language and students learn key verbs and grammar rules. They are therefore able to communicate about past, current and future events. Robust techniques for learning vocabulary equip pupils with strategies for memorisation that will serve them both in MFL and across the curriculum.
Key Stage 4: Years 10 - 11
In Y10 students begin their GCSE course. Topics are varied and include identity and culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest and current and future study and employment. They become more aware of the culture of the countries where the language they study is spoken.
Students read a wide variety of texts. They are able to talk about themselves, their family, friends, relationships and hobbies. By the end of year 11 they can also give their opinions on many aspects of life including healthy lifestyle, education and the environment. Students work towards proficiency in reading, writing in a variety of time frames, speaking, listening and translation.
Key Stage 5: Years 12 - 13
At A level, students build on knowledge and skills developed at GCSE. They gain a deeper understanding of grammar and develop automaticity. They study social issues and trends in the target language countries, in addition to politics and artistic culture. Themes include the place of technology in society, immigration, marginalisation and discrimination, the changing nature of family and natural and cultural heritage. Students study a film and a book and learn how to structure their analysis in an essay. The course also requires students to independently research an aspect of the target language country/countries which they find particularly interesting. They learn how to present their findings and ideas, respond to questions and to express themselves confidently. Students develop a passion for their target culture and a flair for communicating in another language. A high proportion of our students go on to study languages at university.
Please find attached the 2019/2020 curriculum map for MFL, as well as a narrative of how that curriculum builds over time