MFL - Key Stage 3

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Students learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

Learning languages gives students opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They explore the similarities and differences between other languages and English and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways. The development of communication skills, together with the understanding of the structure of language, lays the foundations for future study of other languages and supports the development of literacy skills in a student’s own language.

Through language learning, students in Key Stage 3 develop linguistic competence in the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in a range of contexts, to allow them to communicate effectively. They acquire knowledge about language, understanding how a language works and recognising different and common features between the foreign language and their own language. They also acquire an intercultural understanding, enabling them to appreciate the richness and diversity of other cultures, helping them to develop an international outlook.

Year 7

In year 7 pupils participate in a ‘Rocket Science’ initiative, in which they learn about the work of the European Space Agency and conduct experiments with Alka Seltzer and water - all in the target language! The culmination of these sessions results in the launching of self-made rockets, most of which succeed in hitting the ceilings of the science labs.

Year 8

In June our year 8 pupils are given the opportunity to visit Normandy in France for four days.

Visits are made to Mont-Saint-Michel and Fougeres with cultural aspects brought in, as well as team-building activities with ropes.  We hope for all pupils to come back with a new appreciation for France and a greater sense of general cultural awareness.