Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Intent

 1. Curriculum Design

-     The ‘formal’ curriculum for MFL at Chailey School is designed to be engaging, challenging, preparing our students for communicating and understanding information in another language

-     KS3 = 2 years.   KS4 = 3 years

-     Disadvantaged students and those with SEND will have access to revision guides and support sheets at a variety of levels as well as access to one-to-one support at lunch times and break. 

 2. Coherence and continuity

-     The intent of the curriculum in MFL aligns with the overall curriculum intent of Chailey School

-     By the end of Key Stage 3, students are expected to know a good range of opinions with justification and use tenses consistently with time frames and connectives, and be able to develop and expand their range of vocabulary through reading and listening, including authentic materials.  Students are expected to be able to answer and ask questions with more spontaneity and adaptability.  They should be starting to develop an understanding of grammatical rules.

-     By the end of Key Stage 4, students who take the subject at GCSE level are expected to know at least three tenses with some irregular verbs, know a good range of higher-level grammar structures and other complex grammar phrases and be able to be creative with the language and apply grammatical rules.  The students should be able to speak reasonably fluently and spontaneously over a wide range of topic areas.  They should be able to take the initiative and extend written and spoken work independently. 

-     To achieve this, the curriculum in MFL is planned in coherent sequence of lessons – knowledge, skills and understanding will be built on and applied in a cumulative manner

-     Assessment, testing of knowledge, skills and understanding, and effective feedback on this in will support this – further details of this can be found in the school’s and subject’s Feedback Policy.

 3. The ‘Informal’ curriculum

-     MFL contributes to the school’s ‘informal’ curriculum – the experience and opportunity for students in MFL is not just about set of exam results, very important though those may be

-     Key opportunities for this:   Trips abroad that include cross-curricular topics such as art.  Links with foreign schools, German – UK connection with teachers visiting Chailey.  Project in place for European Union students visiting this year.

-     MFL also contributes to the development of cultural literacy for example, using authentic texts, poetry, music, films, sport and art.

 4. Building character and values in the curriculum

-     All subjects at Chailey School contribute towards building the character and values of its young people

-     This is achieved through topics covering creativity, uniting through sport, curiosity, support and tolerance of others and diversity, social issues, self-confidence and self-respect, resilience, global and environmental awareness, independence and responsibility in work and volunteering.