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Oldbury, West Midlands B68 9PA

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Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9PA

Area Leader: Mrs H. Marston

Assistant Area Leader: Miss C. Codling

 

Learning a language at Bristnall Hall not only provides students with a valuable insight into other cultures, it liberates them from a confined monolingual view of the world. It also promotes an active approach to learning which supports them to develop and challenge their communicative skills, intellect and creativity which prepares them well for the increasingly important global economy.

Spiritual Spiritual development is embedded in the MFL classroom by students linking opinions, beliefs and responses together in the target language and justifying why they feel this way. MFL lessons develop students spiritually by growing their confidence and ability to communicate effectively with people from other countries and teaching them how to express themselves. Students develop their confidence and self-esteem through learning languages.

Moral Students at Bristnall Hall are often asked to consider their points of view on a variety of topics. Students are asked to dismiss stereotypes and reflect more on what brings people together rather than separating them. Languages are shown to be a way of understanding others and offering future opportunities in the world of work and travel.

Social Learning Modern Foreign Languages concerns communicating for a purpose with people from other cultural and social backgrounds. The social element of language learning comes both from learning about other societies and learning together in the classroom. Authentic materials are used wherever possible and students are immersed in the language they are learning.

Cultural Bristnall Hall students appreciate and respect other cultures through students valuing all languages and therefore learning to understand and respect other people through studying the culture of the country. Some organised trips overseas allow students to understand the meaning, nature and value of the multicultural makeup of target language countries. Every attempt is made to ensure students are aware of cultural festivals and celebrations which take place in countries where their MFL is spoken.

 

BHA Skills and Attributes Development

Through learning a language students:

  • Develop high aspirations for themselves, setting themselves high standards

Students must always

  • Try their best in all lessons.
  • Aim for their target level/grade
  • Always use French/Spanish in your MFL lessons to communicate
  • Become effective Communicators via oral and written work

Students will:

  • Communicate in the target language every lesson
  • Converse with their learning partners in their MFL
  • Use their knowledge of grammar and the English language to support their learning of their MFL
  • Prepare and deliver presentations in their MFL
  • Apply good literacy skills in English to their foreign language. Students will have opportunities to visit another country and value the different languages that exist in our society and in our Academy.

Through the study of a Foreign Language, students will:

  • Increase in confidence & resilience
  • understand the differences of other cultures, focussing on education and personal views
  • learn about the culture, festivals and celebrations of target language countries
  • Value diversity and difference
  • Become resilient and rise to the challenge through language problem solving activities (translations, gap fills, comprehension questions)
  • Increase their confidence by learning a language in a supportive and positive environment where it is OK to experiment and make mistakes with language
  • Keep Progress Books, which will show all progress made over the years 7-11. A tool used to help raise self-esteem and to keep confidence levels high.
  • Have opportunities to work in a team, cooperate with and respect others
  • work in a team to produce presentations- Peer assess each other’s work
  • Show initiative
  • converse with different learning partners in their foreign language 
  • Respond to visuals to produce spontaneous language
  • Work independently using a bilingual dictionary
  • Use online reference materials

More Able Students:

At BHA more able students are given the opportunity to further develop their abilities inside and outside of the language classroom with a high quality teaching provision allowing them to access inspiring and challenging material enabling them to be creative with the language.
The Programme of Study.

At Bristnall Hall, we ensure that every lesson from Year 7 to 11 matters. We cover material from the GCSE content all through Key Stage 3 and then revisit these topics in more depth at Key Stage 4 allowing teachers to concentrate on more complex grammar, vocabulary and Examination Technique.

Key Stage 3

Students in year 7 will study GCSE Theme 1 (identity and culture)

  • Introduction topic– which includes the alphabet, numbers, greetings and school items.
  • Self, Family & Friends – talking about self, family pets and descriptions.
  • Freetime – sports, hobbies, opinions, going out, cinema, music tastes,
  • Food and drink – types of food/drink, ordering in a café, shopping at a market.
  • Festivals and celebrations – Christmas, birthdays and festivals/traditions in French and Spanish speaking countries.

How parents can support:

  • Ensuring new vocabulary is learnt
  • Monitoring homework
  • Providing your child with a bilingual dictionary.

 

Students in year 8 will study GCSE Theme 2 (Local, national, international and global areas of interest)

  • Additional Reading: Students are encouraged to research countries where their foreign language is spoken.
  • House and homelife – describing house, rooms, furniture, prepositions, daily routine.
  • Home Town – places in town, directions, descriptions of the local area
  • Travel and Environment – transport, environmental matters
  • Clothes and Fashion – Clothes and opinions on fashion
  • Holidays and travel – types of holidays, destinations, travel, accommodation, activities, past and future plans.

How parents can support:

  • Ensuring new vocabulary is learnt, monitoring homework and providing your child with a bilingual dictionary.
  • Encouraging your child to be aware of cultural differences between countries and allowing them access and time to research the countries where their MFL is spoken.
  • Additional Reading:
  • Students are encouraged to research the culture of countries where their language is spoken. Independent research about celebrations and festivals.

Additional Reading: Students are encouraged to research the culture of countries where their language is spoken. Independent research about celebrations and festivals.

 

Students in year 9 will study GCSE Theme 3 (Current and Future Study and employment)

  • School and School life – Subjects, teachers, timetables, problems at school.

 

  • Work and Future Plans – jobs and careers, daily routine, applying for a job, future plans.
  • Health and Lifestyle – parts of the body, injuries, doctors, pharmacy, healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Me and my World – personal details, planning a day trip, extended family
  • Young People in Society – social media, technology, issues concerning young people

How parents can support:

  • Ensuring all assessments are thoroughly prepared and practiced.
  • Be actively involved with your child’s learning. Listen to them when they have presentations to learn and test them on their written vocabulary.
  • Encouraging your child to access authentic materials on line and to begin to use online revision websites.

Additional Reading: Students are encouraged to begin reading Spanish or French online Newspapers with a view to focusing on understanding key headlines.

 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

GCSE Overview

At Bristnall Hall we are following the New AQA Syllabus. Students are now graded from 9-1

Scheme of Assessment:

Students will be assessed on 4 skills. Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. These are all assessed at the end of the course in formal examinations. They all carry equal weightings of 25% of the mark and everything is assessed by AQA. There are 2 tiers for the examinations: Foundation (F) or Higher (H)

Paper 1: Listening (25%)

This examination assesses understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

It is assessed through written examination:

  • 35 minutes (Foundation Tier) Total 40 marks
  • 45 minutes (Higher Tier) Total 50 marks.

The paper consists of 2 sections:

Section A – Questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally.

Section B – Questions in Target Language, to be answered in Target Language or non-verbally.

 

Paper 2: Speaking (25%)

This examination assesses communication and interaction in speech for a variety of purposes. This examination is carried out in school and with your child’s usual languages teacher and marked by AQA.

It is assessed through spontaneous production of speech in Target Language.

  • 7-9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time. Total 60 marks
  • 10-12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time. Total 60 marks

The assessment consists of:

  • Role play – 15 marks (2 minutes at both tiers)
  • Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • General Conversation – 30 marks (3-5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5-7 minutes at Higher Tier)

 

Paper 3: Reading. (25%)

This examination assesses response and understanding to different types of written language.

It is assessed through written examination:

  • 45 minutes (Foundation Tier) Total 60 marks
  • 1 hour (Higher Tier) Total 60 marks.

The paper consists of 3 parts

Section A – Questions in English; to be answered in English or non-verbally.

Section B – Questions in Target Language; to be answered in Target Language or non-verbally.

Section C – Translation into English (35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier)

 

Paper 4: Writing (25%)

This examination assesses effective communication in writing for a variety of purposes.

It is assessed through examination

Foundation Tier

  • Question 1: Message (students produce 4 sentences in response to a photo)
  • Question 2: Short passage. (students write a piece of continuous text in response to 4 brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total)
  • Question 3: Translation from English. (minimum of 35 words)
  • Question 4: Structured writing task. (Students respond to four compulsory detailed bullet points producing approximately 90 words) There is a choice of 2 questions.

 

Higher Tier

  • Question 1: Structured writing task. (Students respond to four compulsory detailed bullet points producing approximately 90 words) There is a choice of 2 questions.
  • Question 2: Open-ended writing task. (Students respond to 2 compulsory, detailed bullet points producing approximately 150 words in total) There is a choice of 2 questions.
  • Question 3: Translation into English. (maximum 50 words)

Programme of Study.

Throughout the 2 years of GCSE study, students will study topics covered in Key Stage 3 but involving more in-depth analysis of language styles and developing grammatical concepts.

The programme of study is split into three themes:

  • Theme 1: Identity and Culture
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest.
  • Theme 3: Current and Future study and employment

 

Throughout Years 10 and 11 these themes are taught in sub-topics. The order in which these are covered will depend on the needs and the previous study of the cohort.

Theme 1: Identity and Culture

  • Family and socializing.
  • Describing people and using adjectives.
  • Talking about what’s trending.
  • Technology and apps.
  • Reading, music and film.
  • Relationships in the family.
  • Free time activities and sports
  • Types of entertainment
  • Your role model and inspiration
  • Customs, traditions and festivals.

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

  • Going on holidays
  • Talking about a trip
  • Talking about your hometown
  • Going shopping.
  • Discussing advantages and disadvantages of your hometown.
  • Environmental matters
  • Health and lifestyle.

 

Theme 3: Current and Future study and employment

  • School life
  • Rules
  • Teachers
  • Extra-curricular clubs
  • Jobs and earning money
  • Work Experience
  • Finding a job.

Throughout the summer term of year 11 students will study Exam skills in the lead up to their GCSE listening, reading and writing exams, students will revise all of the modules to date, completing exam-style questions and revision activities.

Throughout the course at various points during the year we will consolidate learning by looking at examination techniques and providing the necessary support to ensure that all students feel fully prepared and equipped to confidently complete their exams.

Students have the opportunity to attend a Revision weekend at Edgmond Hall, Shropshire in the Spring Term.

Regular intervention sessions also take place after school.   Your child will be informed of these by their Year Leader and Class Teacher.

 

How parents can support:

  • Ensure that your child prepares thoroughly for all Controlled Assessment tasks.
  • Support the school in their decision, should your child be required to complete extra Controlled Assessments in order to reach their target grade
  • Ensure your child attends all revision opportunities.

Additional Reading: Online foreign newspapers, News reports (audio), Short stories available from the MFL dept.

 

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