In year 7 students are introduced to German. They are encouraged to develop skills that will provide grounding in languages. They learn to communicate in German by being given a range of tasks with a real purpose with the view of helping them to develop their language learning skills, language awareness, cultural awareness and the ability to work both with others and independently. The topics taught concentrate on the immediate world of the learner, for example self, family, local area and daily routine.
In year 8 students are given the opportunity to study both French and German.
The four attainment targets of listening, speaking, reading and writing are assessed at the end of each term. Student attainment and standard of work throughout Year 7 are monitored regular basis.
Upon entry to Biddenham Upper School Year 7 students are awarded a Key Stage 3 target based on Key Stage 2 results and CATS score. Students’ progress is closely monitored and all sit an assessment every term. This allows students and teachers to monitor progress and their working level is reviewed at the time. Strategies are put into place for those who are underachieving.
Students are assessed summative termly, by completing tests which assess them on their understanding of topics covered in each term. Formative assessments are completed regularly, and this may include practice questions, and through the marking of their books and homework tasks.
The Key Stage 3 course book is digital and students have free access to it at The department is currently using Echt and Allez in Year 8 French. .
Universities and businesses prefer students who have studied a modern foreign language to either GCSE or level. The ability to speak a language widens students’ horizons and increases career opportunities. Employers in the following sectors are always looking for people who can speak another language: business services, education, banking/finance, wholesale/retail sales, manufacturing, to name a few.
By the end of Key Stage 3 students will be competent in a range of linguistic skills that will enable them to progress successfully to GCSE level. We also endeavour to open students’ minds to the cultural life of the respective countries.
The MFL Department aims to organise a residential trip once a year in Germany, Spain and France. For example for several years now there has been a very successful German exchange with a school in Bamberg (Bedford’s German partner town) in the south of Germany.