At Meridian High School, we are passionate about languages and see the need to learn an additional language as an essential tool that can prepare our students for the current and competitive world we are living in, as well as appreciating other cultures.
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Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
5 year learning journey
Language skills can lead directly into a career in translating, interpreting or teaching, and are also in demand in areas such as hospitality, law, publishing and business services. Modern language degrees typically involve spending a year abroad and this can be an opportunity to find work in a field that interests you and gain relevant experience.
To monitor students’ progress, different assessments are used throughout the academic year and are colour coded as follows:
Year 7, 8 and 9 have a vocab test at the end of each half-term.
Year 10 - have weekly vocab tests starting HT3.
Year 11 - have weekly vocab tests starting HT2.
The score of the vocab tests given at the end of each half-term is uploaded to the MFL tracker to monitor their progress. The vocab tests are in addition to summative end of year assessments and their score is considered separately.
In the summative assessments, all students will be assessed in all four skills: Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking.
Students will complete small written and verbal quizzes throughout the year as formative assessments in each skill as part of the lesson. Peer and self-assessments to monitor their progress independently are also used. At the end of each half term, they will be assessed using a vocab test based on the topic studied. Teachers will regularly give verbal and written feedback to all students helping them make progress.
At the start of the academic year students will be given their target grade. All assessments completed throughout the year will be considered to measure progress; the results will be converted into a grade, which will be compared against the target grade.
Students are provided with three pieces of feedback/marking each half term. This includes:
- 2 x whole school marking sheet where students focus on improving their vocabulary and recall
- 1 x personalised feedback to a challenge question where students receive formative feedback on how successful they have been on the question and have set questions to complete to improve.
Feedback for end of year/topic assessments is combined with the whole school marking sheet.
Learning beyond the classroom
Trips and visits
London tour in Spanish
European Spanish visit (to be confirmed - limitations due to Covid-19 restrictions)