Learning Modern Foreign Languages is an essential part of any curriculum as it gives students access to new cultures and enriches their understanding of the world they live in. The MFL department at Woolwich Polytechnic School aims to ensure that all students receive a curriculum that both stretches their capabilities and motivates them to learn. We wish to instil in students an enthusiasm for languages through showing them the relevance of the subject in their everyday lives. Languages are the key to success being successful in a variety of careers, from business to sport and international trade.
Programme of Study
Year 7
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Personal descriptions of yourself and others, free time and hobbies. My School, Family and friends. Local area, Cultural projects.
Year 8
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Holidays, Personal life. Food, Making plans. Spanish culture, Cultural projects.
Year 9 - Spanish Qualification: GCSE (Syllabus: AQA)
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Me, my family and friends relationships with family and friends, Home, town and neighbourhood and region. My studies, Free-time activities music, cinema and TV. Free-time activities food and eating out, sport, Customs and festival in the target language countries/communities.
Year 10 - Spanish Qualification: GCSE (Syllabus: AQA)
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Holidays (leisure), Spanish culture (leisure/home and environment) School (work and education), Myself and family (lifestyle) Work experience (work and education), Free-time (leisure)
Year 11 - Spanish Qualification: GCSE (Syllabus: AQA)
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
My local area (leisure/home and environment), Health (lifestyle) Our planet (home and environment), Revision and exam preparation. Revision and exam preparation.
Students follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and cover a range of topics across the four skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing). Students will build on skills previously learnt in primary school and develop their understanding of a foreign language. There is also a particular emphasis on developing their fluency in the target language.
Students can chose to study French or Spanish at GCSE, with AQA. Students are assessed in the four skills, listening, reading, speaking and writing. Listening and reading skills are assessed in a final exam at the end of year 11. Speaking and writing skills are assessed through controlled assessments, worth 60% of the final GCSE grade. Students will either take the Foundation or Higher papers but controlled assessments are tiered by outcome. The department regularly monitors the progress students are making and provide extra help and support when needed. Students also work with a Foreign Language Assistant in order to improve their spoken fluency.