With a vibrant curriculum and lively wider learning programme; the MFL Department at Ealing Fields is cutting edge in its teaching and learning approach. This outstanding provision is enhanced by a full and varied portfolio of extra-curricular trips and visits. We currently run a trip to Normandy and Madrid in Year 8 with a number of wider learning opportunities taking place for all students of all year groups. We aim for every child to have had the opportunity to go abroad at some point in their school career.
All Year 7-8 students at Ealing Fields study Spanish four times a week. In Year 8 some students will then become dual linguists, adding French to their timetable. In Year 7, students learn to introduce themselves, to talk about where they live, their school, their free time and holidays. They will learn to use different tenses and will develop their skills in listening, reading, writing and Speaking, as well as establishing a deeper understanding of grammatical patterns. In Year 8, students begin to study units with a cultural focus including studying film and literature. They also learn to talk about new technologies, food and drink and the world of work.
At Ealing Fields, we aim for as many students as possible to study languages to GCSE. Language options at GCSE include French and Spanish. At GCSE, students study Spanish four times a week, following the AQA GCSE course; which involves the three broad topics of identity and culture, local and international areas of interest and future study and employment. Dual linguists continue with French as a core elective.
Students are assessed at quarterly points throughout the year and will have listening, reading, speaking and writing exams every quarter.
Lesson Prep & Homework
Ealing Fields High School encourages all students to take responsibility for their own progress. Students are expected to complete preparation tasks before each lesson which help consolidate learning and prepare for the next lesson. In addition to lesson preparation after every lesson, students will receive 1 assessed homework task per half-termly unit which will either be centred around the four key language skills or will be focussed on encouraging memorisation or grammatical understanding.
The Twyford Trust’s close links with partner schools in the target language countries ensure that there is a rich and varied range of extra-curricular opportunities available for students. Teachers are passionate about the target languages and cultures, and there is a range of regular extracurricular activities as well as the formalised visits and trips. Extended Electives in Languages include Foreign Language Media (Music, Poetry, Film, Literature, Art). Students also have the opportunity to be one of the MFL reps who help to run whole-school language events.