Key Stage 3
All boys have the opportunity to expand their language learning by studying French at Key Stage 3. The emphasis is on communicative learning; boys are encouraged to play an active part in lessons, mainly delivered through paired and grouped work as well as the Interactive Whiteboard.
To enhance teaching and learning, the MFL faculty now uses a wide selection of web-based resources such as Linguascope, Atantot, Zut and many more besides.
All boys are entered for the FCSE qualification at the end of year 9. This is an external qualification offered by the AQA examination board and offers the boys the opportunity to achieve either at pass, merit or distinction. A distinction is the equivalent of National Curriculum Level 6 which represents a grade D at GCSE level. This means that all of our boys leave school with a valuable qualification in French but also gives them the confidence to go on and study the language at GCSE level and know that they are capable of achieving top grades.
We offer our Key Stage 3 students regular opportunities to visit France in order to put their learning into practice, most recently a fantastic 5 day trip to the Opal Coast in Normandy.
We also give a number of our pupils the opportunity to correspond by email with friends in a link school in Gennevilliers, one of Wirral’s twin towns on the outskirts of Paris. This again enables them to put their learning into practice and develop important understanding of cultural diversity.
Reward based learning opportunities are also offered on an MFL day at Liverpool Football Club which has proved to be extremely popular.
All students are offered the opportunity to take part in a short visit to Northern France in order to experience at first hand the culture of the country and put into practise the language that they have learned.