Provide a life-long appreciation of languages and other cultures.


Key Stage 3

Our principles:

  1. To foster a life-long appreciation of languages and other cultures to discover what is possible

  2. To recognise languages as a skill which can increase employability and widen opportunities to choose to lead a remarkable life

  3. To establish a learning environment which encourages students to be confident with taking risks and be unusually brave

  4. To provide ample opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop all four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening

  5. To ensure access for all pupils to partake in a successful language learning experience

  6. To create extracurricular experiences for students to big-heartedly embrace and appreciate languages and cultures

  7. To facilitate active and engaging lessons for learners of all abilities

  8. To promote the use of exciting and relevant contexts as a vehicle for teaching and learning

As a result of adopting these core principles, an AET MFL pupil will:

  • Be a confident and resilient learner; be inquisitive

  • Be willing to take risks and push their limits

  • See mistakes as a learning opportunity

  • Be a confident and effective communicator in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts

  • Be able to use languages spontaneously

  • Embrace and celebrate other cultures and languages

  • Recognise the advantages of language learning and the opportunities it can bring in travel, employment and personal enjoyment

Year 7 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Myself

  • My Free Time

  • My School

  • My Family and Friends

  • My House

  • Food and Drink

Year 8 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • My Holidays

  • My Routine

  • To eat and drink

  • My City

Year 9 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Holidays and Grammar

  • Jobs

  • Social Media and interests

  • Culture and World issues

  • Travelling

  • My Project

Key Stage 4

The specification offers a smooth transition from popular Key Stage 3 content, and assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate their skills to the best of their ability. This qualification is designed to show how language is used in real life.

Students will be tested in listening, reading, speaking and writing and will develop transferable skills relevant to further study and the world of work.

Students will either be entered for the Foundation Tier or the Higher Tier. All four skills need to be taken at the same tier.

Foundation Tier: (Grades 1-5)

  • Listening: 25% (exam) - 35 minutes

  • Speaking: 25% (exam) - 7-9 minutes

  • Reading: 25% (exam) - 45 minutes

  • Writing: 25% (exam) - 1 hour

Higher Tier: (Grades 4-9)

  • Listening: 25% (exam) - 45 minutes

  • Speaking: 25% (exam) - 10-12 minutes

  • Reading: 25% (exam) - 1 hour

  • Writing: 25% (exam) - 1 hour 15 minutes

Students will be taught a range of topics within the specification that aims to inspire students who are interested in Spanish culture and Spanish speaking countries. Students study topics under a range of different themes:

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Students will constantly be practicing all of the four of the key skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing and will develop transferable skills across these areas.

Useful Website Links:

  • GCSE Bitesize:

- BBC bitesize - KS3 Science

- BBC bitesize - GCSE AQA Science

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  • Funky Club (personalised access only for KS4 students)

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