Modern Foreign Languages : Curriculum Intent


The MFL department aims at making KS3 pupils confident in the use of the French and Spanish languages at a beginner level.

The teaching of Foreign Languages at Orchards Academy encourages the mastering of basic structures, key grammatical concepts and vocabulary and provides children with building blocks that will enable them to manipulate the language accurately and in a confident way at KS4.

We also want them to learn about the cultures, societies and habits of the countries which speak French and Spanish. We firmly believe that learning a foreign language will foster the children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world and will make them keen to explore it. It can provide them with a valuable insight to the way people think and behave abroad. It is about reading the French or Spanish mind and relating to other cultures in a world which is becoming increasingly global.

At the same time, we believe that the skills, knowledge and understanding gained through learning a foreign language make a major contribution to their understanding of their own cultures. Language learning also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community. For this reason, language learning can give children a new perspective on their own language and cultural identity.

Furthermore, we believe that language is at the heart of all learning. It is how you receive and communicate information. Therefore, learning a language helps develop the understanding of the many purposes for which language is used. It provides many practical scenarios for verbal and written communication, as proposed in the new GCSE MFL Specifications. At Orchards Academy, language learning is intended to give learners increased opportunity for verbal communication. We believe this will enhance confidence and the willingness children have to participate in purposeful dialogue, experimenting with language and using it creatively.

The teaching also focuses on embedding key GCSE skills, such as writing essays, using different tenses, translating and understanding of the spoken and written word in the foreign languages.


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