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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811

Modern Foreign Languages

Director of Learning - Mr S Farrell Email

Bienvenue! Wilkommen! Bienvenido!

The department of Modern Foreign Languages is a lively and enthusiastic subject area which offers students of all abilities a wide range of opportunities. They can experience both the intellectual and personal enrichment that comes with learning new languages and encountering the diverse cultures that they represent. Our department features well qualified and experienced staff, teaching French, German and Spanish up to A level.

The school has a strong tradition with foreign languages, regularly exchanging with partner schools in Germany and Spain. We are extremely proud of these exchanges which are amongst the longest partnerships in the country with the German exchange now in its 40th year. Our students in Years 9-13 have the fantastic opportunity to spend a week with a family and in return their families welcome their partners to show them a slice of English life.

We also organise Key Stage 3 Language trips abroad with French trips to Normandy and Paris for Years 7-10 and Sixth Form study trips to Berlin, Paris and Madrid. In addition, Poynton High School is an Erasmus+ school with links to eight other schools in the EU. We have also achieved the International School Award.

Director of Learning Mr S Farrell (F-S)

MFL teachers

(French - German - Spanish)

Mrs G Ferrandon-Latch (Assistant Director of Learning) (F-G)
Mrs J Barker (F-G-S)
Mrs C Graves (F-G)
Mrs E McGuire (F-G-S)
Mr N Wright (S-G)
Mrs N Cornwall (F-S)
Mrs L Turner (F-S)

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

In Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at Key Stage 3 we aim to give students a broad range of topics to study which are relevant to their own lives and therefore easier to talk about. Grammar is developed progressively throughout the three years and is regularly revised and re-used in different contexts. The topics also begin to introduce the culture from countries where the target language is spoken to give students a greater understanding of the world around them and of other societies and cultures.

The skills of listening, reading, speaking, writing and translation are all developed simultaneously through varied classroom activities and students are provided with a vocabulary booklet to help with their home learning.  Students follow the StudioStimmt and Viva courses at Key Stage 3. We also use a variety of new technologies and interactive resources such as ActiveLearn,

Students have five hours per fortnight of languages in Years 7 and 8 and six in Year 9.  They are taught in mixed ability groups with students stretched and challenged through the teaching and learning they receive from our specialist language teachers.

Students study one language at Key Stage 3 which ensures that they are able to immerse themselves in the language and develop an ability to communicate well in that language rather than splitting their time between two.  We are looking at ways to support the introduction of a second foreign language without diluting the quality of the language taught.

In 2019-20, the languages being taught in Key Stage 3 are as below. Students will then continue that language through Key Stage 3.

  • Year 7 – Spanish or German
  • Year 8 – French or Spanish
  • Year 9 – German or French

In 2020-21, Year 7 students will learn French or German and then continue that language through Key Stage 3.

 

FRENCH

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Topic 1

Introductions, classroom language, pets, family

Town and local area

Family, friends and relationships

Topic 2

Where you live, food and drink, nationalities

Holidays, daily routine and future plans

Role models

Topic 3

Likes and dislikes, describing people

Interests: TV, film and reading

Technology in everyday life

Topic 4

School subjects, telling the time, schools in France

Paris, describing a past visit

Leisure activities and hobbies

Topic 5

Free time, technology and sports

Music tastes, fashion, describing your passion

Festivals, customs and traditions

 

GERMAN

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Topic 1

Introductions, numbers, where you live

Holidays

Life at school, school subjects

Topic 2

Family and pets

Interests: TV, film and reading

Leisure activities, music and sport

Topic 3

Sports and leisure activities

Food and drink, healthy lifestyles

Celebrations and festivals

Topic 4

School subjects, teachers, rules

Daily routine, directions, festivals

Family, friends and relationships

Topic 5

Places in a town, going shopping

Clothing and style, going out

Weekend activities, life as a child

 

SPANISH

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Topic 1

Introductions, personality, siblings, pets

Holidays

Travel and tourism

Topic 2

Free time, sports and weather

Technology, music, TV

Life at school, school subjects

Topic 3

School and subjects

Food and drink, going to a party

Exchanges and trips, clubs and achievements

Topic 4

Family, describing people

Arranging to go out, clothes, sporting events

Family and friends, relationships

Topic 5

Where you live

Directions, describing a summer camp

Technology in everyday life, free time

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Students are strongly encouraged to opt for a language at GCSE. Students continue to study from the StudioStimmt and Viva courses at Key Stage 4 to build on the work they complete throughout Key Stage 3.

Students in Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA syllabus. They undertake a number of internal assessment tests throughout the course in the four key language skills and, at the end of Year 11, will sit their formal examinations. The examinations are split into Foundation tier, covering grades 1-5, and Higher tier, covering grades 4-9. Students will be entered for the same tier in all 4 exams (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing).

The GCSE is broken down into 3 themes: Theme 1 – Identity and Culture; Theme 2 – Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest; Theme 3 – Current and Future Study and Employment. The same topics are studied in French, German and Spanish, though these are taught in a different order to suit a logical grammar progression in each language. Students also learn cultural elements relating to the countries where the target language is spoken.

 

FRENCH

GERMAN

SPANISH

Module 1

Family, friends and relationships, role models

School

Travel and tourism

Module 2

Free time and technology

Free time, festivals

School

Module 3

Customs and festivals

Family, friends and relationships

Family and friends, technology

Module 4

Town and local area

Town, technology, healthy living

Free time, role models

Module 5

Travel and tourism

Travel, accommodation, eating out

Town and local area

Module 6

School, healthy living

Travel and tourism, town and local area

Customs and festivals

Module 7

Work and future plans

Work and future plans

Work and future plans

Module 8

Environment and social issues

Environment and social issues

Environment, social issues, healthy living

 

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

Students have the opportunity to study French, German or Spanish to A level, following the AQA syllabus. We use a range of up-to-date and authentic resources as well as following the AQA textbooks published by Hodder Education and Oxford. Students also study a film and a piece of literature in their chosen language over the two years of the course. Each A level is taught by two teachers who divide the syllabus up into their specialist areas. We have highly qualified and experienced teachers in each language.

An A level in MFL helps students develop confident, effective communication skills and a thorough understanding of the culture of the countries around the world where the target language is spoken. The course develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider the language in a broader context.

There is a long-standing record of excellent success at A level which enables students to further their studies beyond Sixth Form. An A level in a language can lead to:

  • Undergraduate study of a language at university, including the opportunity to begin studying new languages from scratch
  • Combined honours degrees at university (such as economics, sociology etc. with a language) including the opportunity to study abroad for a year
  • Combined honours degrees at university (such as business, engineering etc. with a language) including the opportunity to work in industry abroad for a year
  • Job opportunities within international businesses
  • Enhanced opportunities for travel
  • Specialist language jobs including translation, interpreting, teaching or jobs in the tourist industry

Each A level is split into “Social issues and trends” (6 topics) and “Political and artistic culture” (6 topics). In addition, students study a text and a film and will also complete an individual research project to form the basis of their presentation for the speaking exam.

YEAR 12

FRENCH

GERMAN

SPANISH

Social issues and trends

(3 topics)

The changing nature of family

The changing nature of family

Modern and traditional values

The ‘cyber-society’

The digital world

Cyberspace

The place of voluntary work

Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television

Equal rights

Political and artistic culture

(3 topics)

A culture proud of its heritage

Festivals and traditions

Modern day idols

Contemporary francophone music

Art and architecture

Spanish regional identity

Cinema: the 7th art form

Cultural life in Berlin, past and present

Cultural heritage

Film

Au revoir les enfants – Louis Malle

Das Leben der Anderen -  Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

El laberinto del Fauno – Guillermo del Toro

 

 

YEAR 13

FRENCH

GERMAN

SPANISH

Social issues and trends

(3 topics)

Positive features of a diverse society

Immigration

Immigration

Life for the marginalised

Integration

Racism

How criminals are treated

Racism

Integration

Political and artistic culture

(3 topics)

Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment

Germany and the European Union

Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens

Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?

Politics and youth

Monarchies and dictatorships

Politics and immigration

German re-unification and its consequences

Popular movements

Set text

Un sac de billes – Joseph Joffo

Der Besuch der alten Dame - Friedrich Dürrenmatt

La casa de Bernada Alba – Federico García Lorca