We are incredibly proud of the multilingual and cultural diversity that exist at Lawn Manor Academy. In the Modern Languages Faculty we aim to build strong and lasting bridges of understanding between our own vibrant and diverse culture, and those that we can explore through our study of languages and beyond.
Today, the study of a foreign language is absolutely key to developing a rounded sense of self and instrumental in the academic and pastoral development of all pupils. Languages are now an integral part of the Primary curriculum and are being taught throughout KS2 and creating inquisitive young linguists, we are building on this great start and enabling students to exceed their potential in KS3 and further on at KS4. French and Spanish are global languages with growing importance on the world stage and therefore here too, in the classroom in Swindon. Pupils with languages can get into university more easily and build a portfolio of skills that will benefit them long after they have left the school gates for the last time.
Now that it is a requirement for Primary Schools to offer a language, more and more pupils are arriving at Lawn Manor with some languages experience. All pupils are assessed in their first term and whether or not they have studied a language before, learning is tailored within the scheme of work to ensure all pupils can reach and exceed their potential.
KS3 runs over 2 years in Year 7 and Year 8. Pupils will study Spanish for three hours per week. We have increased our allocation from two to three hours in order to allow for the increased demands presented by the new style GCSE MFL exams. During these years many useful and engaging topics are covered and students are introduced to the building blocks of grammar, expression and understanding, basic translation and transcription and learning to communicate in three timeframes in a number of different contexts.
We also offer residential and day trips abroad in order to offer pupils first hand experiences of the country that they are studying which can motivate and inspire. This allows pupils to communicate using their fledgling language skills in a real context
Our staff are all committed to maintaining the highest standards of teaching and learning. We have all been bitten by the language bug and our enthusiasm for languages bubbles away under the surface of every lesson.Each year we have a Spanish speaking foreign language assistant to help with speaking lessons across KS3 and at GCSE level.
We have a variety of different expertise and these are employed to good effect as we strive to ensure that pupils enjoy their lessons and achieve beyond their expectations at GCSE. We hope that you will support us in our goal to ensure that all pupils get equal access to these opportunities in all lessons across the key stages, and out of school with homework – which is set on Show My Home Work each week and can be accessed via the App. Please contact your class teacher via email if you need to have your PIN resent to allow access for you or your son/daughter
Pupils currently in Year 9 and all new cohorts beyond will be studying the new GCSE for Modern Foreign Languages. This new exam does not have any course work and will be examined at the end of the course.
Every pupil will sit 4 exams at the end of the course: the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be tested. The new requirements mean that there will be elements of literature and translation included and that there will be a slightly longer speaking exam. There will still be the opportunity to opt for higher or foundation – though pupils will now have to enter for the desired tier in all elements of the MFL exam.
In the MFL department at Lawn Manor we are lucky enough to enjoy access to our own ICT suite where we can continue the work done in the classroom and give pupils the opportunity to work independently. All pupils can have access to these facilities after school in Homework Club and The Learning Zone which are offered on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons after school.
Video Cameras and voice recording devices allow for instant and continuous feedback from teachers and peers and keep fun records of some of the more creative lessons in MFL such as film reviews and News items and restaurant visits. We also incorporate the use of the library into our lessons, where we are lucky enough to have some iPads available.