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“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” - Chinese proverb

Teaching Staff

Subject Leader
Anna E Gracey
2nd in Department
Maria Ruiz Baena

Julia Aldea
Elizabeth Cooke
Nadia Petkova

Statement of Intent

All students at The Mandeville School study either French or Spanish in Key Stage 3 and are given the choice to continue to GCSE. The Languages Department maintains the highest standards for language learning. Our team is characterised by a passion for language learning and a commitment to supporting pupils to achieve their goals, both in lessons and through extra classes and educational visits. Learning languages at Mandeville aims to equip students not only with linguistic knowledge and communication ability in a foreign language, but also with specific procedural knowledge that will benefit them in years to come, improving their performance across the curriculum and giving them global opportunities once they progress from school.

Teaching and Learning

Language teaching is interactive, challenging and enables students to become knowledgeable, strategic, resilient, independent and confident communicators, which are invaluable skills that they will need throughout their school careers and beyond. The aim of the Key Stage 3 course is to introduce pupils to language-learning strategies and skills that they can apply to learning other foreign languages in the future, but also to equip them with fundamental knowledge of a language (vocabulary and structures), allowing them to start communicating in that language in real life situations. In addition, we also teach students about the culture of French and Spanish-speaking places around the globe, encouraging understanding and acceptance of other beliefs.

Language students are challenged from the minute that they walk into their language lessons at The Mandeville School. The teachers use target language to immerse students into foreign language worlds where they are expected to communicate with their teachers and peers in French or Spanish. In lessons, the use of authentic videos and songs capture students’ imaginations as they piece language together to decipher meaning and become independent and resilient linguists. All students learn about the culture of French and Spanish-speaking countries, studying festivals and celebrations with elements of history and literature where possible.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Students are encouraged to use Memrize, Seneca and Duolingo apps/platforms to support their learning. These platforms are also often used to set homework. In 2020-21, we are hoping to launch Kerboodle – an online interactive learning platform directly linked to the Scheme of Work followed at The Mandeville School. Students are encouraged to regularly learn and revise vocabulary, which in Key Stage 4 is formalised with weekly vocabulary tests.

The Languages Department has an ever-increasing offer of educational trips, visits, workshops and events, allowing students to use their language skills in authentic situations and to experience the culture of French and Spanish-speaking places. We have a biannual visit to Boulogne-sur-Mer which includes a baking lesson in French in an authentic bakery. Spanish students are involved in a Creative Translation workshop delivered by a professional translator. We are collaborating with the British Film Institute on a project involving teaching languages through the cinema. All Year 8 students will be participating in the Stephen Spender Competition for a poetry translation, and we are also launching a cooking workshop in French. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to attend International Film Club where we watch a range of films in a variety of different languages. All of our teachers are committed to identifying and/or creating opportunities for our students to take their learning outside the classroom.

Finally, in order to support students who may need some extra help, we run lunchtime drop-in sessions for French and Spanish aimed at Key Stage 4 students but open to all.

Curriculum Maps

Here you can find the curriculum map for Languages (including both French and Spanish) for the academic year 2020-21. This is subject to change as we move through the year, especially the Year 11 section. As we approach the final exams the topics revised will be based on the needs of the students and therefore cannot be set at this stage.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 French

Year 7

- Introductions
- My school
- Free time activities
- My town
- Holidays

Year 7 Spanish

Year 7

- Introductions
- Free time activities
- My school
- Family and friends
- My town  

Year 8 French

Year 8

- Leisure and new technologies
- Tourism
- Relationships
- My house
- Talent shows

Year 8 Spanish

Year 8

- Holidays
- Leisure and new technologies
- Food
- Going out
- Getting around 

Key Stage 4

French/Spanish GCSE

French - Year 9
Spanish - Year 9
French - Year 10
Spanish - Year 10
French - Year 11
Spanish - Year 11

Key Stage 5

French/Spanish A Level

All information is subject to change

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