Modern Foreign Languages

MFL Curriculum Journey

At Golborne High School, Modern Foreign Languages are a vibrant part of the school curriculum and we give all students equal, exciting opportunities to flourish in a language of their choice. In Year 7, all students study both French and Spanish, before deciding which language they would like to continue with in Year 8. Three hours per week are devoted to language learning in Year 7, which we believe enables students to build the strong foundations, which are fundamental in acquiring a foreign language. Around 60% of our pupils continue with languages at GCSE as part of the EBacc and routinely achieve results above national average.

At Golborne, the MFL curriculum is based around independent language skills, which enable students to communicate for practical purposes. Students develop the skills and the confidence to be able to express their ideas and thoughts in the foreign language, and understand and respond to speakers, both in speech and in writing. On the curriculum journey from KS3 (Year 7 to 9) to KS4 (Year 10 to 11) and beyond, students develop their linguistic competencies in each of the four skill areas; Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. A strong emphasis is placed on phonics, grammar and vocabulary, which we believe are the essential characteristics of language learning. Students also regularly learn about the culture and traditions belonging to Francophone and Hispanic countries. 

Our teaching is interactive, challenging and designed to enable students to use their language skills independently and manipulate language so that it is fit for any purpose. It is our mission to not only equip our students with the language skills and knowledge they need for immediate use in the classroom, but also for further language study and use in higher education or in future employment. At KS3, students learn to discuss a range of topics including family and friends, free time, home town, food, holidays and technology. At KS4, students study three AQA Themes: ‘Identity and culture’, ‘Local, national, international and global areas of interest’ and ‘Current and future study and employment’.

The Golborne MFL curriculum aims to bring languages alive in the classroom; all our lessons provide the opportunity for students to hear and speak the target language in an experimental and encouraging environment. Our language learning is inspiring and challenging, and we are committed to providing our learners with exciting opportunities to foster their interest in other cultures and deepen their understanding of society beyond their own experience. The MFL curriculum provides students with the skills, knowledge and cultural capital they need to help ensure they are prepared for life, with a sound awareness of the world around them and the opportunities awaiting them. We run extra-curricular activities such as International Film Club and we celebrate key events throughout the year including European Day of Languages and International Week. Our past trip abroad to Málaga has also been a huge success! We are currently exploring opportunities for more future school trips to Spain and France, as well as language exchanges with our partner schools abroad to enrich our students’ experiences.