Pupils develop their French and Spanish language skills at Oakfield and at the same time learn to respect and embrace different cultures. Our dynamic MFL Department, which benefits from having two native speakers (in both French & Spanish), uses a variety of innovative teaching styles including: role play, interactive and engaging e-resources, videos and songs. Our Specialist Modern Foreign Languages Team: Mrs Hall (Head of Modern Languages/KS2&3), Miss Abadia (KS2&3) & Mrs Pegler (Year 6). Our Year Group Curriculum Team Leaders: Mrs Stewart (KS3) & Mrs Ball (KS2).
The aim of the Spelling Bee is for Year 7 students to practise and improve their vocabulary, spellings, pronunciation and memory skills in the target language (French or Spanish). When participating, students will be given one minute to correctly spell as many words as possible. This event is sponsored by the European Commission and Vocab express. As Silver & Bronze winners in the Spanish category of the regional finals in April 2017, Melissa Verwey & Jacob Roberts earned their place at the National Finals of the 2017 Foreign Languages Spelling Bee Competition in Cambridge. Our students worked extremely hard throughout the year to reach this level and we are extremely proud of their achievement.
Translating Bee is a competition for students in Year 8 to build on the work they did in Year 7 with the Routes into Languages National Spelling Bee practising and improving their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in a foreign language (French or Spanish). It meets the demand from pupils and their teachers for a project providing a sense of progression by building on the requirements of the new KS3 curriculum, with its emphasis on translation and grammatical manipulation etc., helping students to practise and improve a range of skills vital to preparation for starting a GCSE course: vocabulary, pronunciation, memory, verb conjugation, tenses and sentence formation.
Each year in July, Year 7 students take part in International Day ,for a day in a variety of workshops including craft, games, cooking/food tasting, and art workshops all geared at improving their cultural understanding of the Country chosen. The canteen usually serves traditional tasty treats at break time and Oakfield students also take part in a Fancy Dress Competition. So much fun to be had by all!!!
Our language leaders are a group of more able linguists who
- Run a lunchtime club to support their peers in Year 7 students with practising their Spelling Bee words;
- Support the MFL department teachers in some of their Year 5 and 6 French & Spanish lessons;
- Attend an after-school club to plan cultural quizzes for KS2 pupils as well as a Languages Day for one of our first schools.