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Rivington & Blackrod High School


Modern Foreign Languages

Contact: Head of MFL - Ms V Ibanez         


Subject Overview:

To build student’s vocabulary and grammar in Spanish to enable them to be confident speakers, readers, writers and listeners in Spanish.

To widen their knowledge of other cultures around the world.

Click here to view the Curriculum Overview  

 Key Stage 3 Overview:

At Key Stage 3 students study Spanish for 2 hours per week and we follow the EPI (Extensive Processing Instruction) curriculum at years 7 to 9. The Key Stage 3 curriculum is based around 12 majestic principles of communication that we want students to be able to do by the end of Year 9 in order to communicate effectively in Spanish. These are divided into sections to allow for language to be effectively interleaved to ensure that students can effectively retrieve prior knowledge. At the beginning of Year 7 there is a focus on phonics to ensure that students can communicate confidently. Learning checkpoints ensure that they assess learning of the knowledge acquired. This will ensure that teachers can address any gaps before moving on to the next sentence builder.

 Key Stage 4 Overview:

At Key Stage 4 Spanish and French are taught as a GCSE option and are subjects that count towards the English Baccalaureate. Students that opt to take Spanish or French in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours a week and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the Eduqas GCSE specification (Spanish) and the AQA Specification (French) and will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

 Key Stage 5 Overview:

At Key Stage 5 Spanish and French are taught as an option. Students in French in Key Stage 5 have 3 hours a week and are working towards one A Level. They follow the AQA Specification.