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Middlewich High School

Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All

Modern Foreign Languages

Our intent is to plan and teach an inspiring and memorable MFL curriculum with carefully selected core vocabulary and grammatical structures, whilst embedding the sound-writing relationship.   All students study either French or Spanish in Key Stage 3, focusing on one language to allow for deeper knowledge and understanding.  Students are encouraged to follow a pathway which will broaden horizons, deepen cultural knowledge and understanding and open doors for them as future citizens of Europe and the wider world.  Valuing our subject and its place in an academic curriculum, we promote the importance of the EBacc and it is our intention to increase MFL uptake in Key Stage 4.  We aim to deliver good and outstanding lessons informed by cognitive science, and particularly the work of Dr Gianfranco Conti, and supported by inspirational teaching with high expectations of behaviour and learning.  There are frequent, planned opportunities for recall, repetition and reuse in a variety of contexts leading over time to mastery.    In Key Stage 3, all students are taught the foundations to become successful linguists.  Key vocabulary, structures and tenses are taught which students learn to apply in a number of different contexts, thus promoting technical accuracy and spontaneity.  Students are able to apply these solid foundations in Key Stage 4 as they begin the transition to GCSE and re-visit these core foundations which they have covered in Key Stage 3 in greater depth.   At the end of GCSE students will have attained a degree of fluency and increased spontaneity.

Learning maps – At MHS we use learning maps to support retrieval and reinforcement of knowledge. We use these in class and as homework, you may find it useful to see what is coming up through the year for your child in their year group. We are continuing to develop these and update them through the year so you may notice some subjects have uploaded the first term, future work will be added at the appropriate time.