At KS3, the MFL department of Camden School for Girls follows the National Curriculum programme of study. In the first half-term of year 7 all pupils study French and Spanish. The over-arching aim of MFL at Key Stage 3 is to instil in pupils an awareness and appreciation of foreign language and culture, whilst at the same time giving them a solid base in terms of the grammar and pronunciation of a language.
In the first half term, all pupils study French for two periods a week and Spanish for another two periods a week. At the end of October pupils express a preference for the language which they will then take through to Year 11. Pupils are strongly advised to purchase a small bilingual dictionary after Christmas.
Formal and informal assessments are carried out regularly in all four skills, along National Curriculum guidelines. In both French and Spanish pupils develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as they visit the topics. They are encouraged to use the target language at all times in the classroom and will frequently be asked to use French and Spanish for creative or imaginative purposes.
At KS4 pupils follow the AQA syllabus. All four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing are tested. Pupils are entered for either the Higher Tier (Grades 9-4) or the Foundation Tier (Grades 5-1). Tier decisions are made towards the end of Year 11.
Listening = 25%
Reading = 25%
Speaking = 25%
Writing = 25%