Please see below some information about the course covered during Key Stage 3. You will also find a minimum expected standards booklet in a hyperlink below. Inside this booklet you will find a summary of all the knowledge and skills that the academy expects your child to master in this subject by the end of the year. These are the minimum standards that we set for all students. If your child achieves this, they should be on track to achieve at least a grade 5/6 in your GCSE in year 11. During each half-term your child will have regular ‘learning checks to assess how well they are progressing against the expected standards. If they do not reach the expected standard in any of these checks, they should be seeking help from their teacher regarding the best possible steps. Teachers will also be sharing with students examples of how to go beyond the expected standards and providing additional challenge.
Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. In MFL we strive to equip students with the broad range of communication skills which they require in order to participate in the ever-changing international community. The over-arching aim of Key Stage 3 is to instill in students an appreciation and enjoyment of foreign language and culture, whilst at the same time giving them a solid base in terms of the grammar and pronunciation of a language. The units of work provide students with the necessary self-reliance and linguistic skills to be able to communicate with native speakers in a variety of contexts, whilst also preparing them for the demands of the GCSE course. We would like our students to become confident, independent and resourceful learners. Therefore students are expected to have their own bilingual dictionary for use in school and at home and are encouraged to use their blue reference books to further support their learning.
Students in KS3 follow a structured course which introduces them to the essential grammar and vocabulary that they will need at GCSE. We endeavour to practise the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing on a regular basis, so that students develop their proficiency in all elements of the language. Many of our learning activities and assessments mirror the types of tasks that students will be expected to complete at GCSE level, so as to prepare students for the challenges of KS4 study. This includes but is not limited to comprehension of authentic literature, spontaneous written tasks and translation both into and out of the target language.