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Modern Languages

  • Mrs C Hirst (Subject Leader, French and Spanish Teacher)
  • Ms. M Arias Hoyos ( French and Spanish Teacher, Head of Barton House, EAL Coordinator)
  • Ms. N Lamine ( French and Spanish Teacher)
  • Ms. B Collins ( French and Spanish Teacher and Head of Student Voice )

The MFL department at Bonus Pastor aims to broaden students’ cultural knowledge and to give them a firm grounding in being able to communicate in the target language. We aim to nurture an outward-looking approach to the World in order to enhance their personal and professional lives.

Our lessons cover the four skills; listening, speaking, reading, and writing ensuring pupils of all abilities develop cultural knowledge whilst developing their language skills. Our ultimate aim is to equip students with the knowledge to communicate in the target language in a variety of contexts, with increased confidence.

BP MFL 1

Key Stage 3 French and Spanish

Both French and Spanish are taught in tutor groups and are compulsory for all students at KS3. We concentrate on the development of vocabulary and grammar and help students gain the confidence to communicate simple concepts in conversation.

For a full breakdown of the topics that we study, please see the Topic Overview downloads.  

Key Stage 4 French and Spanish

Languages are a popular choice across the ability range at GCSE.  The course aims to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in preparation for the exams, as well as the ability to communicate in target language countries. 

Please see the GCSE subpages for more details. 

Resources

KS3 French – lessons and resources prepared by the Department follow the units in the Allez 1 textbook.  

GCSE French - lessons and resources prepared by the Department follow the units in the Studio for AQA textbook

KS3 Spanish - lessons and resources prepared by the Department follow the units in the ¡Claro! 1 textbook

GCSE Spanish - lessons and resources prepared by the Department follow the units in the ¡Viva! for AQA textbook

BP Book 1 BP Book 2
BP Book 3 BP Book 4

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities: 

To support the learning that takes place in lessons we run a variety of clubs for KS3 students in both French and Spanish as well as an Ab Initio class in German.

Please see the sub-section on MFL clubs for more information.

For students in KS4 we run after school intervention sessions as well as one-to-one sessions made by appointment. We also hold Saturday morning intervention sessions at specific dates throughout the academic year.

To encourage students to apply the language skills they learn in the classroom we organize a number of residential and day visits to France and Spain depending on demand.   

French:

Year 7 – Day trip to Boulogne including a visit to Old Boulogne as well as to an artisan bakery to see how traditional bread is made in the wood-burning oven.

Year 8 -  Three-day residential trip to Paris including a Bâteaux Mouches boat trip on the river Seine, a visit to the Sacré Cœur and Montmartre and a day in Disneyland.

KS3 – Day trip to the French film day at the BFI (British Film Institute)

KS4 – Day trip to Lille or Bruges

Spanish:

KS3 & 4 – Four-day residential trip to Madrid including visits to the Palacio Real, the Real Madrid Bernabéu stadium, the Prado museum, and the Plaza Mayor

KS3 – Day trip to the Spanish film day at the BFI (British Film Institute)

BP MFL. 2

 

For more information please email the Head of Department

 

GCSE Spanish

Qualification: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Tiers of Entry: Higher and Foundation

Whilst a language isn't compulsory at GCSE, we encourage pupils to study 1 language in order to achieve the Ebac.

The course aims to develop the skills you will have learnt in earlier years. These correspond to the four sections of the examination: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Throughout the course, you will continue to build up your knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary but in the context of the GCSE topics. The GCSE will be assessed by terminal examinations in the four skills as listed above, at the end of year 11.

You will need to develop greater accuracy and depth of knowledge in the language especially to obtain the top grades. In the examination, you will also have to translate texts from Spanish into English. You will be encouraged to work creatively and to use Spanish actively as much as possible in class. The GCSE aims in particular at giving students a firm grounding in all four skill areas so that students have the scope for further development of the language and to provide each student with the language skills necessary for a visit to a Spanish-speaking country.

Course Content and Assessment

Theme 1: Identity & Culture

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology and everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in Spanish – speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity / voluntary work
  • Healthy / unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty / homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4 Jobs, career choices and ambitions

The course is assessed through terminal examination: 25% listening, 25% speaking, 25% reading and 25% writing externally assessed at the end of Year 11

Progression:

IB / A Level in Spanish

Degree in Spanish or European Studies

Degree in Spanish and Business Studies

Combine Spanish with any other subject at degree level

Provides skills required to learn other languages

Will enable you to communicate with Spanish speaking clients in the world of work

Invaluable if you wish to travel around the World

Careers Information:

As there are fewer students now studying languages across the country there will inevitably be a shortage of linguists entering the job market.  Languages can open up horizons and a CV that offers Spanish is essential in the Modern International World of trade. Language qualifications are viewed very favourably when applying for University and compulsory for most Red Brick Universities.

For more information, please see Mrs Hirst or any member of the MFL Department.

GCSE French

Qualification: GCSE
Examination Board: AQA
Tiers of Entry: Higher and Foundation

Whilst GCSE French is not compulsory we do strongly encourage pupils to study at least 1 language in order to achieve the Ebac 

The course aims to develop the skills you will have learnt in earlier years. These correspond to the four sections of the examination: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Throughout the course, you will continue to build up your knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary but in the context of the GCSE topics. The GCSE will be assessed by terminal examinations in the four skills as listed above, at the end of year 11.

You will need to develop greater accuracy and depth of knowledge in the language especially to obtain the top grades.  In the examination, you will also have to translate texts from French into English. You will be encouraged to work creatively and to use French actively as much as possible in class. The GCSE aims in particular at giving students a firm grounding in all four skill areas so that students have the scope for further development of the language and to provide each student with the language skills necessary for a visit to a French-speaking country.

Course Content and Assessment:

Theme 1: Identity & Culture

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology and everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology
  • Topic 3: Free-time activities
  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity / voluntary work
  • Healthy / unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty / homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

The course is assessed through terminal examination: 25% listening, 25% speaking, 25% reading and 25% writing externally assessed at the end of Year 11

Progression:

IB / A Level in French

Degree in French or European Studies

Degree in French and Business Studies

Combine French with any other subject at degree level

Provides skills required to learn other languages

Will enable you to communicate with French-speaking clients in the world of work

Invaluable if you wish to travel around the World

Careers Information:

As there are fewer students now studying languages across the country there will inevitably be a shortage of linguists entering the job market.  Languages can open up horizons and a CV that offers French is essential in the Modern International World of trade. Language qualifications are viewed very favourably when applying for University and compulsory for most Red Brick Universities.

For more information, please see Mrs Hirst or any member of the MFL Department.

Latest MFL Department News

A level spanish masterclass

Year 7 day trip to Boulogne-Sur-Mer May 2019:

After an early start – we left school at 4.30 in the morning! – the party of 70 pupils and 7 staff made their way by coach to Dover to catch our ferry to France.  After a calm crossing we made our way to Boulogne to visit the old walled town.  Pupils were able to practise their French when ordering sweets, drinks, ice creams and candy floss.

After this we boarded our coach to visit a local Boulangerie at Wierre Effory to seen how bread and croissant were made.  The bakery has a wood burning oven to make artisan loaves and as well as electric ovens. The bread and croissant making process were explained to us in French and pupils translated.  We always receive a warm welcome from the bakery and we departed with a croissant and a pain au chocolat each. Délicieux!

Our final stop of the day was Cité Europe for an opportunity to go shopping and buy gifts before boarding the coach for the ferry home.

Bologne 2         Boulonge 1

Bologne 4       Bologne 3

Bologne 5

 

Paris Residential Trip:

Students arrived bright and early ready for the long coach journey to Paris. After a quick crossover through the Channel Tunnel we were on our way through France and headed for Paris and a few days of fun, culture and sun!

After arriving at our accommodation we headed into the centre of Paris for a trip along the Seine, soaking up the sun on the Bateau Mouche, taking in some of the sights in Paris including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Another early start and lots of very sleepy students got back on the coach ready to head to Disneyland for a day in the park. Fun was had by teachers and students alike, spending the day going on rides, enjoying the parades and being out in the sun!

After a long day at Disney you would think the students would be exhausted, but no! As we arrived back at our accommodation they headed out to the field to run around, play football, sing, dance, have races and even roll around on the grass (Endurance!).

After yet another exhausting day we had yet another early start as we boarded the coach to start our long journey home. Along the way we visited more of Paris' main attractions. After hiking up many, many stairs (which of course the students did without a single protest!) we made it to Montmartre Cathedral, the highest point in Paris. After a quick stop in Carrefour and a final opportunity for some shopping we were on our way home, exhausted but happy after yet another successful Bonus Pastor trip to Paris.

Paris

 

Bruges Day Trip:

It cannot be denied that our annual reward trip to a Christmas Market is favourite amongst our KS4 MFL students. This year we went to the Christmas Market in Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium. Students and staff enjoyed walking through the Old Town and treating ourselves to the delights a freezing cold Bruges has to offer. We usually travel by coach and use the Eurotunnel to cross the English Channel, this quick journey gives us plenty of time for a well-deserved shopping trip at the end of a busy school term.  Students spend the day with their friends and practising their language skills. They explore what the different shops and stalls have to offer, and are blown away by the enormous variety of Chocolatiers and their tasty chocolates. It goes without saying that we are looking forward to visiting another Christmas Market in the next academic year, we are pleased to announce that this time we are planning to go to Lille!

Bruges

 

GCSE Spanish Students Make a Video to their Spanish Pen Pals:

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