The Highcrest Academy

Modern Foreign Languages

“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.” (National Curriculum, purpose of study statement)

We are really proud to be one of only 45 Hub Schools for the National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy. NCELP is a programme funded by the Department for Education to work in partnership with university researchers, teacher educators and expert practitioners in order to improve student language uptake and retention in the UK. Students in Year 7 in 2019/20 are the first cohort to follow the NCELP programme. The scheme of work is designed to improve target language vocabulary retention, phonics and grammar. We are working with NCELP and The Stephen Spender Translation Trust to provide an inspiring curriculum where students are able to succeed in MFL and encourage meaningful target language use for our students. If you would like to learn more about how NCELP and the National Curriculum are linked, please click here.

At Highcrest we offer both French and Spanish. When your son or daughter joins in Year 7 they will have a taster lesson in both languages before sitting a baseline assessment and a survey about their language preference. Although it isn't guaranteed, every student currently in Year 7 and 8 was allocated their preferred language. At the end of Year 8, students chose if they would like to continue a language at GCSE. In Year 9, we still follow the Key Stage 3 course as a bridging year before starting the GCSE course in Year 10. 

We make time in our curriculum to learn about Spanish/Hispanic and French culture and create opportunities for our students to use their language skills with native speakers; over the past year we have taken students to a Spanish restaurant, to Boulogne sur Mer and even constructed a French escape room in the school hall which was led by an animateur.

There are three themes in the GCSE course, and each theme is divided into topics and sub-topics. The themes are Identity and culture, Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Current and future study and employment. Please click here for an overview of the GCSE Specification. 

We have students studying Spanish in Year 12 and 13 working towards their AQA A Level. The Key Components of the A Level course are: 

1. Social issues and trends

2. Artistic culture

3. Grammar

4. Works: Literary texts and films

Students also have the opportunity to go to Birmingham University to have a taster day in the languages department and are encouraged to attend Key Stage 3 lessons to support younger students. 

Spanish Vocabulary Lists:

Vocabulary Lists: Spanish - Year 7 - click here

Vocabulary Lists: Spanish - Year 8/9 - click here

Vocabulary Lists: Spanish - AQA GCSE - click here

French Vocabulary Lists:

Vocabulary Lists: FRENCH - Year 8 - click here

Vocabulary Lists: FRENCH - Year 9 - click here

Vocabulary Lists: French - AQA GCSE - click here

 

Click here for 'How to Revise'

Click here for some information on the speaking assessment.

Information Letter - Centre for Excellence in Modern Foreign Language Pedagogy

GCSE is assessed by AQA.

Click here for an overview of the specification