MFL at Key Stage 3 (KS3)
At Kingsoak the Modern Foreign Languages faculty wants to make the study of a foreign language in Key Stage 3 engaging and enjoyable, while ensuring that students develop basic linguistic competence so that they can communicate and express themselves during basic, everyday situations and interactions in a foreign language/ country (French/ German). This can be useful for example while on holidays/ during short leisure trips, but it can also be of an importance in the future while applying for jobs, college placements etc. Either way, possessing the basics of another language is a great advantage. A famous Czech proverb says: “The more languages you know, the more you are a person”. This refers not just to the ability to communicate in different languages, but also the ability to share in various spiritual spheres of different cultures.
The MFL schemes of work are reflective of the aims and ethos of the new national curriculum. As there are no longer any national curriculum levels, we have developed our own learning ladder which is used to assess pupil progress.
The topics covered vary between the two languages offered (French and German), but by the end of Key Stage 3 the aim is to have covered, to some extent, the basics of the main topic areas which are in the GCSE course. Students will also have been taught some basics grammatical concepts so that they are able to fulfill their potential by building on their knowledge from Key Stage 3, should they choose to do so. The topics studied in KS3 have been designed to include knowledge, skills and understanding by addressing the four main components of French: listening, speaking, reading and writing. General language skills, including some basic grammar and cultural awareness are also developed.
Units covered in Year 7 include: introducing yourself, classroom language/survival kit, alphabet, dates and birthdays, colors and tastes, food, pets/opinions, family, personal description, school subjects, telling the time and leisure activities.
Units in Year 8 include: leisure activities and sport, new technologies, home town, going out, house, holidays (express future), daily routine and food and drinks.