Blessed William Howard

The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Modern Languages (Y7-11)

At BWH, pupils study French and Spanish and our intention is to share knowledge and experiences of the Francophile and Hispanic worlds in order to encourage travel and a passion for the culture, language and people of their countries. 

 We aim to:

  • motivate and inspire students and kindle a lifelong love of learning languages
  • foster curious, confident, independent and resilient learners
  • promote an awareness and acceptance of different cultures locally, nationally and globally
  • provide students with the skills to communicate effectively in at least one foreign language
  • build students’ cultural capital by engaging in and learning from culturally enriching activities
  • enable students to use the foreign language in real life contexts
  • broaden students’ horizons through educational visits abroad, contact with foreign language speakers and extra-curricular clubs

Subject staff

Mrs M-C D'Arcy-Barron - Assistant Principal and Curriculum Lead

Miss E Brull-Llao - Progress Lead for Spanish

Miss A Day

Curriculum Overview

All students at Blessed William Howard have the opportunity to study either French or Spanish from Year 7 to Year 9. 

In Year 7 to 9 students are taught the building blocks of languages through the 3 pillars: key vocabulary, phonics and grammar.  In Year 10 we start to introduce topics in preparation for studying the language at GCSE.

SPANISH:

 

Year 10 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 10 include:

Term 1:            Interests and Influence

Term 2:            Home,  cities, towns and neighbourhood

Term 3:            Habits and Customs

Year 11 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 11 include:

Term 1:            The world of work and further education

Term 2:            Environment and the world around us

Term 3:            Exam preparation

 

FRENCH:

 

Year 10 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 10 include:

Term 1:            Living in the town and country

Term 2:            Holidays and travel

Term 3:            At School

Year 11 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 11 include:

Term 1:            The world of work and further education

Term 2:            Environment and the world around us

Term 3:            Exam preparation

Years taught:

Y7-11

Specification:

GCSE - AQA French

GCSE  - AQA Spanish

Curriculum Mapping & Rationale

 

  

Extra-curricular

The MFL is open every lunch time to build key skills through Quizlet. 

The departments cultural trips to France (Paris) and Spain (Barcelona/Madrid). These allow the students to practice their language skills in a real world setting and embed a long lasting love of the language. 

Revision Materials

French Resources 

 

Spanish Resources 

 

Useful Links

Recommended Websites for Learning Languages

http://www.busuu.com/enc/ – French/Spanish

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ – 40 different languages!

Advice on Learning Languages

http://www.omniglot.com/language/index.htm – Advice, suggestions, tips and techniques for learning languages

Communicating with Students of other Nationalities

http://www.penpalworld.com/ – Get a pen pal from another country

http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/penpals.asp – Get a pen pal