THE MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES CURRICULUM
A Modern Foreign Language (at present, French) is an integral part of the Asdan Scheme of Work followed by Key Stage 4 students. This Scheme offers a flexible approach which can be adapted to suit the needs of each learner. For MFL, it consists of five Units requiring specific aims to be met. We are allowed to achieve these aims in any way we choose and have revised our own scheme of work to accommodate them whilst also providing students with a structured programme of study which will offer them access to a range of language and activities covering the topics of This is Me; Me and My Body; Shopping for Clothes; Shopping for Food and Drink; Making Things to Eat and Drink; Talking about What We Like to Do.
In Key Stage 3, where we are now offering students a theme-based curriculum, there is one term during which the theme is “Son et Lumiere”. The work during this term focuses on French language and culture including a multi-sensory re-creation of “A Trip to Paris” during which the students have a boat trip on the Seine and visit several of the cultural “hotspots” of Paris as well as visiting a French market.
We continue to hold our yearly MFL Weeks for which we have a cycle of countries on which we focus for the week: France, Italy, Spain, Germany. MFL Week offers a range of activities linked to the life, language and culture of a particular country and all students throughout the school are encouraged to take some part in it. We particularly enjoy inviting students from mainstream schools to The Redway to share activities with us: students from The Radcliffe School and St Paul’s School have always been kind enough to support us during these Weeks.
During the past year, we were lucky enough to secure funding for a day trip to Lille for a small group of students who thoroughly enjoyed it.
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