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St. Mary's Catholic High School

Languages Department

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The Modern Foreign Language Department is situated on the first floor of the Communication Block. The Department owns 6 specialist rooms each fitted with an interactive whiteboard.

Languages Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Learning Programmes

All students in Key Stage 3 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term). This clearly outlines week-by-week the curriculum content both in class and at home. There are 3 Learning Programmes in total LP1 (September to Christmas) LP2 (January to Easter) LP3 (Easter to July).

All students in Key Stage 4 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term) or Unit (Relating to the Qualification being studied).

There are no Learning Programmes for Key Stage 5 subjects. The Curriculum Overview for each course can be found in the Year 12 and Year 13 tabs.

All Learning Programmes will be displayed on the first page of all exercise books. Each Learning Programme can found in the separate tab for each Year Group.

The aim of the Modern foreign Languages department at St Mary’s is that all students develop an understanding and an enjoyment for the learning of Spanish and French.

From beginning in Year 7 all students study Spanish.  All students are screened for language aptitude within the first two weeks of starting and those students who show a high aptitude for language learning will also be offered an additional hour of French per week as part of ‘Linguastars.’

Students develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the foreign language throughout all key stages.  All lessons are creative and interactive and students are encouraged to work hard in class and at home to ensure that they continually develop in all skill areas.  Students are encouraged to self-assess their progress and students are always fully aware of their current achievement and what they need to do to reach or surpass their targets.  At Key stage 5 students studying Spanish have an additional hour a week with a native language assistant in order to prepare them for their speaking exams in year 12 and year 13 as well as develop their fluency to a near native level.

Student enrichment is central to the MFL department at St Mary’s.  Several trips are run each year.  At Key Stage 3, the French students are offered the opportunity to visit Paris.  In Year 10, 80 Spanish students have the chance to visit Barcelona and this trip always proves to be very popular with the students.  At key Stage 5, students are offered the chance to take part in a work-experience programme in a primary school in Madrid teaching English for 5 days during February half term.  Students find this experience extremely enriching and it really enhances UCAS applications to university.  In addition to the foreign trips, students have also been given the opportunity to visit Liverpool University to find out more about further study of foreign languages after school and college and several intervention sessions run throughout the year at Key Stage 4 to ensure students achieve their full potential at GCSE.

Students achieve very well in languages at St Mary’s and they really enjoy the opportunities the department give for them to develop in the language but also the cultural enrichment that they are offered.


Staff - Languages

Subject Leader
Mr S Durrant
Deputy Headteacher - Teacher of MFL
Mr G Lloyd
Teacher of MFL
Miss S de Boer - Lead Teacher
Miss S Cantero
Miss K Porter
Miss E Crossley
Mr D Haste