Students are taught in mixed ability groups in Year 7, and are setted in Years 8 and 9. From September 2018 we have been following the new Dynamo course and have rolled this out to the current Years 7 and 8. The course ties in with the revised GCSE and has totally up to date content and a strong focus on building language learning skills and embedding grammar. There is a cultural focus running throughout the course. This Key Stage 3 course will better prepare students for the demands of GCSE, should they decide to opt for it at KS4.
At KS4 we follow the Edexcel Studio course. Traditionally there have been 3 groups in each year half, sets 1 and 2 following the Higher course and set 3 the Foundation. As at KS3, the emphasis is on developing language learning skills, with grammar carefully embedded throughout the course. The course also aims to engage students with up to date content and culture being at the forefront, encouraging curiosity about the wider world.
Staffing and Resources
The department benefits greatly from having 4 specialist and very experienced Modern Languages teachers, including one French native speaker. All teachers are qualified to teach French to ‘A’ level. The department benefits from a dedicated suite of 4 rooms, which are well equipped with computers, projectors and interactive whiteboards. Lessons are lively and engaging, with a wide variety of resources and strategies being used. Good practice is shared across the department and we plan collaboratively to ensure a standardised delivery of the course.
The department runs a Year 7 trip to Le Touquet, Northern France each June for approximately 109 students running for 4 days. There is also a week-long study visit to Normandy also taking place towards the end of June for Year 8 students.
Every year The Market Bosworth School has traditionally hosted a French theatre visit (the Onatti theatre company) which students from Years 5 and 6 from all of our official feeder primary schools attend.
We have developed links with MFL teachers in other local schools and organise reciprocal visits to share good practice.