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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)
Miss J Takhi (F-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 French, German or Spanish at GCSE and may study one or two languages.

Students in Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA syllabus. They undertake a number of internal assessment tests throughout the course in all 4 skills and, at the end of Year 11, will sit their formal examinations (which will be tiered Foundation or Higher).

Students continue to study from the StudioStimmt and Viva courses at Key Stage 4.  We also use a selection of resources to enable students to achieve the best grades.

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. They also study a film and a piece of literature in their chosen language over the 2 years of the course.

A level in MFL helps students develop confident, effective communication skills and a thorough understanding of the culture of the country 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 AS and A level which enables students to further their studies at university. We have highly qualified and experienced teachers in each language. Each A level is taught by two teachers who divide the syllabus up into their specialist areas.