At Accrington, we believe in the adage “ Children’s learning is not a rehearsal.” They never get a second chance. Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students; an education which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life. Our MFL curriculum is designed to provide children with the core knowledge, attitudes, skills and habits (KASH) they need for success in education and later life, to maximise their cognitive development, to develop the whole person and the talents of the individual and to allow all children to become active and economically self-sufficient global citizens. In the Accrington MFL department learners will develop key communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and over 3, 5 or 7 years they will better their understanding of their first language, gain an increased understanding of other cultures and be equipped to communicate in languages other than their own.
Everything from which children learn in school – the taught subject timetable, the approach to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, the co-curricular provision and the ethos and ‘hidden curriculum’ of the school – are to be seen as part of the school curriculum. Our principle of ‘Education with Character’ is delivered through the curriculum in this broadest sense. We are passionate about ensuring this character education though our “Accrington Aspires” programme of form time/assemblies/Every child matters days and a broad range of extra-curricular activities which ensure we focus on developing the whole child.
With thousands of pupils across United Learning following the same curriculum, we have been able to devleop common assessments in most subjects. These are summative assessments which allow pupils to demonstrate their growing understanding of their subjects and enable teachers to assess the impact of their teaching. These summative assessments are typically taken once or twice a year, allowing teachers to focus on formative assessment from lesson to lesson.
We are particularly conscious of the role that literacy and vocabulary plays in unlocking the whole curriculum. Our teachers explicitly teach the meaning of subject-specific language, and we expect lessons to contain challenging reading and writing. Knowledge organisers provide students with key information that they are expected to learn and recall with fluency, enabling them to develop their understanding of key concepts outside of their lessons.
The culmination of our curriculum is that pupils leave our school with the confidence and intelligence to thrive. We know our pupils as individuals which enables us to provide curriculum guidance and careers guidance throughout their time with us. We expect all pupils to leave our school with the grades required to progress to their desired destination, and the character required to flourish once they get there.
By teaching our curriculum well, and delivering education with character, we bring out the best in everyone.
Our curriculum structure works through a two-week timetable where every day has 5 x 1 hour lessons plus a registration / tutor time at the start of the day..
To find out more about our curriculum please contact our Vice Principal in charge of Quality of Education Mrs Christine Williams on Christine.email@example.com or see our Curriculum policy.
Our guided choices booklets also give us more detail on the programme of Guided choices from KS3 into KS4.
Modern Foreign Languages Staff
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Mrs J Leighton
I worked for 23 years in local government and I decided it was time for a change.
I've always loved languages and love to deal with children, so teaching seemed like the obvious answer for my career change. Having graduated from the Open University in December 2015 after what seemed like an eternity of part time study, I was accepted on the Schools Direct teacher training programme with United Learning.
I'm looking forward to developing as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages at Accrington Academy,
obtaining my PGCE, and lobbying to bring German lessons back to the school