Here at Ridgeway 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 language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Lessons and regular 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 students to play at school and at home.
Mrs Hytner, Assistant Headteacher and Director of Communication & Ethics
MFL in Year 7 and Year 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.
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.
MFL in Key Stage 4
Our GCSE courses begin in Year 9. Students take their GCSE in either French or Spanish.
Examination Board: AQA
Specification Name: GCSE (9-1) French
Examination Board: AQA
Specification Name: GCSE (9-1) Spanish
The GCSE is broken up into four assessment pathways all examined at the end of Year 11.
- Listening exam: 25%
- Reading exam: 25%
- Writing exam: 25%
- Speaking exam: 25%
The MFL team
Mrs K Hytner, Assistant Headteacher and Director of Communications and Ethics
Miss E Crane, Professional Mentor of NQTs
Miss R Jarvis, Teacher of Spanish and French
Mr J Kenwright, Teacher of Spanish and French