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

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

Subject Leader: Mrs Hayley Marston

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:

  • Try their best
  • 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- value the different languages that exist in our AcademyStudents 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 (translation)
    • 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 workStudents will:
    • Show initiative
    • -converse with different learning partners in their foreign language
    • Students will have opportunities to:
  • 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.
Key Stage 3

Students in year 7 will study:

  • Introduction topic– which includes the alphabet, numbers, greetings and school items.
  • Self, Family & Friends – talking about self, family pets and descriptions.
  • School – school subjects, teachers, facilities, uniform, likes and dislikes
  • Leisure Time – sports, hobbies, going out.
  • House and Home – Describing your house, rooms and furniture.

How parents can support:

  • Ensuring new vocabulary is learnt, monitoring homework and providing your child with a bilingual dictionary.

Additional Reading: Students are encouraged to research countries where their foreign language is spoken.


Students in year 8 will study:

  • Home Town – places in town, directions, descriptions of the local area
  • Travel and Environment – transport, environmental matters
  • Health and Lifestyle– parts of the body, injuries and illnesses, lifestyle choices
  • Food and Drink – Ordering food and drink in cafes and restaurants, shopping for food in a market
  • Clothes and Fashion – Clothes and opinions on fashion

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:

  • Holidays – types of holidays, destinations, travel, accommodation, activities, past and future plans
  • Work and Future Plans – jobs and careers, daily routine, applying for a job, future plans
  • 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. Focussing on understanding key headlines.


Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

At Bristnall Hall we follow the AQA syllabus. Assessment is conducted by undertaking controlled assessment tasks. These tasks consist of two Writing and Speaking assessments throughout the two years and form 60% of the overall grade for the subject. The reading and listening are tested separately at the end of Year 11 in a formal examination. Student’s best two writing results as well as their best two speaking results will be submitted during the summer term of year 11. It may be necessary for students to take additional assessment tasks to reach their target grade.

Pupils have access to a tiered examination system where they are examined on and they can be entered for Higher or Foundation level papers. Furthermore, they have the option to be entered for a combination of these levels depending upon their ability in each skill.

Reading and Listening Examination – You can take either a Foundation Tier or Higher Tier paper in each skill. In the listening assessment, you will answer questions on recorded material from different topic areas. Some material will be formal (for example a telephone message) and some informal (for example a conversation between friends). In the reading exam, you will answer questions about short texts on different topics (for example text messages, advertisements and emails).

Throughout the two year course students will study the following topic areas. The order of the topic areas taught will vary in content and order of delivery depending on the cohort and according to the individual needs of the group. Although some of these topics will have been taught at KS3, the GCSE course involves more in-depth knowledge and more complex use of language as well as developing grammatical concepts.


Year 10 topics

  • My town and area
  • Media, going out and leisure activities
  • Holidays

Year 11 topics

  • School life and future plans
  • Health and Fitness
  • World and local issues
  • The world of work

Throughout the summer term of year 11 students will study Exam skills in the lead up to their GCSE listening and reading 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.


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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