Modern Foreign Languages
Intent: The Big Ideas in Modern Foreign Languages at Atherton High
To create aspirational lifelong linguists through an engaging, challenging, knowledge and culturally rich curriculum.
The Big Ideas in MFL at Atherton High are to ensure that pupils are able linguists who can use transferable skills and knowledge to manipulate whichever language they are learning. We also want to promote an aspirational curriculum by creating the opportunity for pupils to study both Spanish and French. We also look to promote a love of learning within the subject, through ensuring that the pupils are knowledge-rich, so that they have good foundations when they come to use the language across the attainment skills that we teach (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing). Pupils are challenged in Languages at Atherton High through the constant exposure to new grammar, such as being able to use 3 tenses successfully, and continually developing their level of vocabulary. Pupils will cover the following 3 themes throughout their time at Atherton High:
Theme 1 – Identity and Culture (covering areas such as, family and friends and hobbies and free-time) –
Theme 2 – Local, National, and International areas of interest (covering areas such as, holidays, hometown and region and the environment)
Theme 3 – Current and Future study and employment (covering areas such as school life, education Post 16 and jobs).
Within the languages department, we constantly develop cultural capital, exposing pupils to not only the culture of the Spanish and French speaking worlds by studying things such as Día de Los Muertos and Bastille Day, but also increasing the cultural knowledge of their own country through constant comparison. Pupils at Atherton High are also given the opportunity to attend trips, such as the Spanish trip to Barcelona, allowing pupils to have the first-hand exposure to Spanish life. In addition to this, pupils will also be given the opportunity to take part in trips within the local area, such as trips to local language centres to help improve their language skills through conversations with native speakers.