The MFL Staff
Mrs K Hytner, Director of Communications and Ethics Faculty
Miss E Crane, Professional Mentor of NQTs
Miss R Jarvis, Teacher of Spanish and French
Mr J Kenwright, Teacher of Spanish and French
MFL lessons are imaginative and creative
At Ridgeway High School we recognise the importance of languages to prepare students for life in a global society and for work in a competitive global economy. We raise aspirations by broadening horizons, therefore all students study either French or Spanish to GCSE. Extra-curricular trips give an insight into life and culture abroad. Lessons focus on the four fundamental skills of: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Lessons and regular half-termly assessments ensure that students are fully prepared to meet the rigorous requirements of the new curriculum, including added emphasis on translation, extended writing, dictation and rubrics in the target language.
Students are active, engaged and motivated. We aim to create learners who are confident, independent and ask thought-provoking questions. Study clubs and intervention programmes are held regularly for students preparing for exams. Homework involves varied and interesting language tasks which motivate and stimulate students as well as improving their cross-curricular skills. Examples of homework include tasks to promote research, investigation, problem solving, independent study and literacy. We subscribe to the ‘Linguascope’ ICT package which incorporates language games for pupils to play at school and at home.
Years 7 and 8
Students learn to speak another language whilst having fun and playing games. We maintain links with our feeder primary schools to ease the transition. At the end of the year, students take part in a cross-curricular trip with Humanities to Ypres in Belgium, site of the World War I Battlefields. In Year 8, students have the opportunity to write to young people abroad, enabling them to see what life is like for people their age in other countries.
GCSE in French or Spanish
Our GCSE course begins in Year 9. Students take their GCSE in either French or Spanish, following the Eduqas programme of study.
The GCSE is broken up into 4 assessment pathways all examined at the end of Year 11.
One Listening exam – 25%
One Reading exam – 25%
One Writing exam – 25%
One Speaking exam – 25%