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The Wren School, Reading, Berkshire: Modern Foreign Languages

Aiming High

Modern Foreign Languages

Aims and Ethos

We are living in an inreasingly globlaised society where communicating across the world is becoming an essential part of day to day life in the business world.

All students will learn Spanish as their core language, with a few more able students taking French in Year 8 as well. During their language lessons we focus on developing not only their ability to read, write, listen and speak, but also their understanding of the world and the role of language in communication.

Our aim in Modern Foreign Languages is to inspire a love of communicating to the world and help students to understand their role within it.

Curriculum Information

Year 7

All students study one language (Spanish) in year 7.

This is me

Students learn the basics of how to introduce themselves and give basic information aboout name, age personality, their passions and their family members and pets.

This is us

Students start with a project about animals and beinng able to describe them in detail. They then move on to learn to describe their school and their enjoyment of it. They also develop their understanding of basic present tense verbs.

Genius of the Past

Students complete a research project about Geniuses of the Past in the Spanish speaking world as part of their extended learning. They learn to express opinions about their free time activities and reinforce their understanding of present tense verbs.

Inventions of the future

Students learn to talk about their families in more detail including physical descriptions, hair and eye colour. They also learn to describe where they live. The grammar focus is on adjectival agreement throughout. At the end of term they work towards creating their ideal town/city. This project also leads into the start of the following term.

Power of humans

Students learn to describe their town in more detail and talk about the importance of being a responsible citizen. They finish designing their ideal towns. They learn to tell the time in Spanish and how to order food in a restaurant. They finish the term learning about how to construct the future tense.

The power of the earth

Students learn to talk about their holidays and how to be a responsible tourist. Students create posters detailing these resposibilities. Students describe a holiday in the past and start to identify the differences in how to construct three tenses in their work.

Year 8

Spanish – All students

My values

Students will learn to talk about the tings that are important to them and what they do on a day to day basis. They will talk about going to the cinema, reading and how they celebrate birthdays. They will also recap the grammar of the preterite, near future and present tenses.

Family values

Students will learn to talk about the world of work and the importance of this in family life. Students will talk about what they want to do in the future and describing a typical day. They will continue to practiice using three tenses.

Clashes of culture

Students will learn about the colonialisation of South America and how this has influenced how we see the country today. They will also learn to discuss a healthy diet, and how to have one and they will learn to describe their daily routine – including reflecxive verbs.

A Celebration of culture

Students will discuss how multiculuralism has brought many positives to life in our country. Students will start to learn about how to talk about their rights and fair trade. They will discuss how to recycle and learn to use the imperfect tense.

The power of technology

Students will discuss how to use the power of their voice in class discussions, based on the work from the previous term.

Students will learn to desccribe an adventure in Spain and learn to use the comparative and the superlative. They will learn 2nd future tense (simple future) and some of the “tener” odd phrases.

The power of my voice

Students will use the power of their voices to plan and teach a lesson based on their weakest topic or skill from this academic year.

Extra Curricular Activities

The MFL department runs a French club where students have been allowed to choose the topics they want to learn about.

Term Dates

Term 1 Part 1
Thu 6 September 2018 – Thu 4 October 2018
Inset days – Fri 5 October
Term 1 Part 2
Mon 8 Oct – Fri 19 Oct 2018
Autumn break Mon 22 Oct – Fri 25 Oct 2018
Term 2
Mon 29 Oct – Fri 21 Dec 2018
Christmas/New Year holidays Mon 24 Dec – Fri 4 Jan 2019