MFL Curriculum Intent

Languages are a part of the cultural richness of The Bemrose School and the world in which our pupils will go on to live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding and a sense of global citizenship, necessary for an outward looking person in this changing world. This is what we want for our pupils. We also aim to build on the existing linguistic skills of our bilingual pupils while helping all the pupils learn a new language.

The languages team provides a culturally rich experience of language learning in either French or Spanish, as well as in a range of community languages. We integrate phonics, vocabulary recall skills and teaching of grammar with new technology to engage our pupils as we make learning a new language relevant and interactive.

We build on a foundation of core grammar knowledge, building up knowledge of tenses and revisiting them with increasing levels of complexity. We focus on recall of key vocabulary in each topic across the four skill areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing) as well as teaching translation skills in preparation for their exams.

We support pupils that already have the ability to speak and write in one of the community languages available at GCSE and A-level, to sit their exams during KS4 and KS5. We are pleased to offer this provision, recognising that bilingualism can improve career chances.

To broaden our pupils’ understanding of the world around them, pupils will learn to appreciate different countries and cultures as we incorporate festivals, traditions and places of interest into our teaching.