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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Let all our bright
colours shine.

Teaching and Learning

What French and Spanish lessons are like at Fisher More:

Our team of language experts have a wealth of teaching experience between them. We use our knowledge and love of our subject to infuse our lessons with energy and a thirst for excellence. Our lessons are therefore lively and dynamic. Pupils can expect to do lots of singing, speaking and interactive learning activities such as games and competitions. These teaching techniques are all designed to imbed deep learning and enable language recall, as well as capturing interest and encouraging a love of language learning. Pupils will also be required to write and read in the target language.   We regularly review the language taught through review and reflect activities at the start of the lesson and a plenary at the end of the lesson so the teacher can check pupils’ progress.

The MFL staff are passionate about languages and about the different cultures surrounding them.  We therefore take every opportunity to celebrate key festivals from the French and Spanish speaking world with our pupils, such as Day of the Dead, Bastille Day, San Fermin, Le Chandleleur  and Semana Santa.   We incorporate these and others into our schemes of work.  This helps the pupils to gain an insight into life, practices and beliefs in other countries. It teaches them to respect and celebrate difference and so also supports the Catholic Ethos of the school.

We regularly conduct Pupil Voice sessions so students have the opportunity to feed back to the department about their learning in MFL lessons. We use their feedback alongside our own expertise to regularly review and adapt our curriculum so it meets the needs of the pupils.

How pupils are assessed

Pupils are assessed at the end of each topic. Over the course of the year, they will be assessed in each language skill (Listening Reading Speaking and Writing). They will receive detailed feedback after these assessments from their teacher, which enables the pupil to improve and progress.

All year groups 7-10 will sit an end of year examination in the summer term, which will incorporate all topics studied that year.

Year 11 pupils will sit a series of external examinations in May and June for their GCSE.