24 Sep 2017
Modern Foreign Languages
The philosophy of the MFL department at Fairfield is based on the belief that students should be able to communicate for a real purpose in the foreign language. To this end, the department emphasises the development of practical skills in lessons, in an engaging and enjoyable way. We also encourage students to foster an understanding and appreciation of foreign cultures – whether it’s tasting food or trying salsa dancing! We also endeavour to offer experiences abroad where possible.
All students will have the opportunity to learn either French or Spanish at Key Stage 3 and we urge the majority of our students to continue studying a foreign language at Key Stage 4.
Latest Modern Foreign Languages news
A massive congratulations to our Year 7 French Spelling Bee participants who won after a tie-break after school on Wed 25th Jan. Well done to Patrick who came 1st and Tom for coming 3rd. Students gave up lunchtimes and were supported by Miss Cowan in the run up to the spelling bee.
Great Job all!
In October, 28 students travelled to Barcelona to experience Spanish life, culture and food. Students visited the Sagrada Familia and were in awe of the beautiful colours, they saw Gaudi’s masterpieces including the Parc Guell and we visited the famous market where they saw incredible food displays.
We strolled down Las Ramblas and lunched in the port having visited the Gothic area of Barcelona.
All in all a wonderful time was had by all and we were able to use this experience in our subsequent Speaking tests.
Monday 26th Sept was European Day of Languages and students got to sample delights from the canteen with a European flavour!
Thank you to all the canteen staff for their effort!
This term we have been lucky enough to be joined by various Spanish students from schools across Spain. Students have been able to learn about different culture aspects and converse with native speakers.
Year 7 French speed dating, Year 8 Fashion shows, Year 10 Song Writing and Year 7 French Food Tasting are some of the events that have taken place this term. Students have embraced the alternative culture experiences and responded brilliantly. Well done all!
In Languages we are very excited about our planned trip to Barcelona exploring the Gaudi architecture and sampling Spanish cuisine. The trip will be running Tuesday 18th October – Friday 21st October 2016 for Year 11 Spanish students.
French students will be developing their French culture next year with a Year 8 trip to Normandy (19th-23rd September) and Year 10s and 11s will be visiting the Loire Valley Feb 2017!
A big congratulations for the effort from Year 7’s who produced some brilliant mood boards/rooms designs and labelled them in French. All were very creative in their approach.
A fab night was had by Fairfield students at Café Miro in Hereford who hosted a Tapas & Salsa eve. Students enjoyed the cultural experience of a Salsa dance lesson followed by an evening meal of Tapas. Everyone had a fantastic time dancing, eating and having fun. Andale, Andale!
A massive congratulations to the following Year 7 students who were the top 10 scorers in the Fairfield round and went on to be the overall winners at the Spelling Bee held at Kingstone.
Well done to:
Kate Coupland – 1st!!!
Jacob Eacock – 3rd!!!
Y10 GCSE French students recently enjoyed a French breakfast to conclude their Module on ‘French food’. Miam! Miam!
Last month we had a visiting teacher, Elvira Garcia from Zaragoza, Spain, who took part in a postcard exchange whereby our students and the Spanish students created letters and postcards of typical British things and shared these with Pedro de Luna High School