Moorside High School

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Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome to MFL

  • Mrs Gannon  - Head of Modern Foreign Languages
  • Mrs Woods – Deputy Head / French and Spanish teacher
  • Mrs Richardson - Assistant Head of Faculty and teacher of French and Spanish 
  • Mrs Holland – French and Spanish teacher
  • Mrs Millington – French and Spanish teacher and teacher in Charge of Extra Curricular Activities
  • Miss Heap – French and Spanish teacher
  • Mr Childs – French and Spanish teacher 
  • Miss Gray - French and Spanish Teacher

Faculty ethos

We aim to make language learning an exciting and vibrant experience for our pupils through the use of game, song and group activities. We are thorough in our approach to the teaching of grammar and translation as we are intent on giving our pupils the tools needed to independently develop their language skills. We aim to impart our own passion for language and foreign culture onto our pupils and hope that they will leave us with the skills and knowledge necessary to get by in our multicultural world.

Key Stage 3 Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

What will I study?

Most pupils in KS3 will study equal amounts of both French and Spanish. When choosing options in Year 9, pupils who have an aptitude or an interest in languages will be encouraged to continue with either French or Spanish at GCSE. Through learning language, pupils will also broaden their knowledge of foreign culture and will have the chance to take part in cultural celebrations such as Cinco de Mayo and Bastille Day.

KS3 French breakdown

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Unit 1

C’est parti

Unit 1

Famille et Domicile

Unit 3

Ça t’interesse?

Unit 2

En Famille

Unit 2

Temps Libre

Unit 2

En bonne santé?

Unit 3

Chez Moi

Unit 3

Les Sorties

Unit 3

On y va

Unit 4

En Ville

Unit 4

Manger et Boire

Unit 4

Haiti

Unit 5

Une journée

Unit 5

Voyages et Vacances

Unit 5

Les droits des jeunes

Unit 6

Les Sports

Unit 6

Les copains

Unit 6

Extreme Sports

KS3 Spanish breakdown

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Unit 1

Hola

Unit 1

Nos Presentamos

Unit 3

Nosotros los jovenes

Unit 2

La familia y los amigos

Unit 2

La Comida

Unit 2

Nuestro Medio Ambiente

Unit 3

El Colegio

Unit 3

De Compras

Unit 3

El Futuro

Unit 4

En Casa

Unit 4

El Turismo

Unit 4

Las Vacaciones

Unit 5

En el pueblo

Unit 5

Diviertete

Unit 5

Los medios de communication y el ocio

Unit 6

Los pasatiempos

Unit 6

La Salud

Unit 6

Argentina

We invest every year in www.linguascope.com   and ask that all pupils use this to brush up on their French and Spanish at home on a regular basis. The username is moorside and the password is groovy. We have also recently started using www.hellomylo.com.This website is full of reading and listening activities and is suitable for both KS3 and KS4 pupils. Pupils do not need a username or a password to access the site.

Key Stage 4 

Assessment

There are four units of assessment: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

  • Unit 1 Listening (20%): The exam involves listening to spoken French and answering questions related to what you have heard. Answers are either in English or involve ticking boxes, multiple choice etc. Higher or Foundation tiers available. Exams will take place in May / June of Year 11.
  • Unit 2 Reading (20%): Students read short and longer texts in French and respond to questions by ticking boxes, multiple choice or answering in English. Higher or Foundation tiers available. Exams will take place in May / June of Year 11.
  • Unit 3 Speaking (30%): Students carry out two controlled assessment tasks with their teacher that are assessed in school and moderated by Edexcel. Tasks will be taken throughout Year 10 and 11. Both tasks will be in the form of a dialogue and involve discussion.
  • Unit 4 Writing (30%): Students complete two controlled writing tasks in lesson time, of around 200 words each. The tasks will be extended pieces of writing and will be assessed by Edexcel

As well as weekly homework set by the class teacher, we expect that all KS4 pupils take home their orange vocabulary books and learn at least ten words a week. Edexcel revision workbooks are on sale for £4 each for Year 10 and 11 and pupils are strongly advised to invest in one in order to prepare them for their final listening and reading exam. In order to support your child in their language learning, we ask that you encourage them to do all of the above.

French modules KS4:

1.     Moi

2.     Mon temps libre

3.     Là où j’habite

4.     Allons-y

5.     Au college

6.     Il faut bosser

7.     Tourisme

8.     Mode de vie

9.     Le monde en danger

Spanish modules KS4:

1.     De vacaciones

2.     De paseo por Savilla

3.     A clase

4.     Perdidos!

5.     Los trabajos

6.     Mi tiempo libre

7.     Viva mi barrio!

8.     La salud

9.     Nuestro planeta

We strongly recommend that all GCSE language pupils invest in the Edexcel revision workbook for their chosen language. These can be purchased from their class teacher or online. Immersing oneself in the target language is an excellent way to prepare for final exams and controlled assessments. Some useful websites:

Specific Equipment

The only specific equipment required for language lessons is a pen, pencil, ruler and your book.  You may also find it useful to have a Spanish to English and a French to English dictionary at home and with you at school, although this is not compulsory.

Helpful websites for language learning

www.linguascope.com: This website teaches pupils new vocabulary and there are numerous games for reinforcement.

www.wordreference.com: This is an online dictionary for pupils to use.

www.languagesonline.org.uk: This website is useful for vocabulary and games.

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize: This can be used by GCSE pupils and contains examples of exam questions in all four skill areas.

www.youtube.co.uk: This tool can be used for language purposes e.g. Weather forecasts in the target language.

Extra Curricular Activities