Our intent is to shape new thinkers linked to the whole school curriculum, the school CHRIST values, KS3 national curriculum & the needs of employers. Our curriculum is intended to be at the CORE of the school life and stands for :
- Communication: people acquire language by communicating with one another. Our students will become great communicators when they leave Blue Coat.
- Openness: in language, we will enable our students to open themselves to other cultures and share their identities with others.
- Relationship: languages create new relationships and build bridges.
- Expertise: our students will be able to become expert linguists by connecting their first language to the taught language and positively responding to mistakes.
We do this by equipping all our students with the knowledge and skills to thrive and succeed in language learning; encouraging and inspiring them with quality first teaching, broadening their awareness of other countries and communities, and providing opportunities for participation in a broad range of linguistic and cultural educational experiences.
The ability to communicate in German and having the confidence to use the language is one of the main goals in learning the subject as this should be the main achievement by the end of GCSE and/or A-Level providing the students with life skill that is valuable beyond their school education.
We are passionate about the benefits that learning a language can offer to all learners, no matter what their prior attainment or barriers to learning, and are committed to enabling all learners to access a broad, creative and challenging curriculum, where they feel supported to achieve their full potential. We strongly believe in languages as a demonstrable skill for life, which students should enjoy and find rewarding.
Our subject encourages students to learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities, and people and to gain insight into their own culture and society. Learning languages gives students opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to their full potential and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence, and creativity. They explore the similarities and differences between other languages and English and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways. Communication and the understanding of structure in a second language support the development of literacy skills in the learner’s own language. German offers students a broad cross curricular education that will benefit them in more ways than just attaining language skills. Students will be invited to join trips to Germany which will not only enrich their language skills but also help them explore different cultures. Pen pal schemes and possible video conferencing have been set up with German schools to help students in their awareness of the wider world and create an authentic experience in practising their language skills.
Excellence within MFL at Blue Coat would mean each student leaving Blue Coat to progress into the 6th Form, university and employment equipped with the sound grasp of language skills and confidence to take advantage of life-long learning, globalisation and other aspects of life in the 21st century.