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Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy



Modern Foreign Languages

The ethos of the Modern Foreign Languages Department at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is to encourage an enjoyment of learning, an open-minded view of the wider world and an enthusiasm for communicating in a foreign language.

As a faculty, our aim is to demonstrate to students how languages can arm them with the necessary tools to maximise their potential in the world of work. We also aim to foster a greater understanding, appreciation and awareness of other foreign cultures.

We achieve this by delivering lessons which are fun, vibrant, whilst at the same time challenging and thought-provoking.

European Day of Languages.

Each year, the MFL department at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy celebrate European Day of Languages with several events. Every day in the canteen there are different European menus on offer, including French croissants and pain au chocolat, Spanish paella and patatas bravas, German sauerkraut and bratwurst sausages and Italian pasta. During the day students are given the opportunity to experience several European cultures and languages. Y7 have had taster sessions in Russian by maths teacher Mr Bakhin and a Polish lesson with art teacher Miss Holmes. A taster session of German with Mr Wyss, in which students learn how to count to 15, the alphabet and how to hold a basic conversation. In P4C sessions throughout the week students investigate the question ‘Would it be better if we all spoke the same language?’ In the evening Y5/6 pupils visit the school with their parents were able to taste typical Spanish and French foods, including chorizo, patatas bravas, brie, camembert, pain au chocolat and non-alcoholic sangria!

Year 8 Cross curricular project with Food Technology and trip to La Tasca Restaurant – After learning how to describe different foods and drinks in Spanish and looking at the Spanish tradition of ‘tapas’ Year 8 students spent a lesson making traditional Spanish paella in the food technology rooms. This was then followed by a trip to the Spanish restaurant ‘La Tasca’ in Liverpool, where they were served by Spanish waiters and had to ask for their orders using their language skills. Students ate a variety of typical Spanish tapas including patatas bravas, chorizo, chicken croquettes, bread and olives and tasted authentic sangria (non-alcoholic of course!) There were lots of empty plates and full stomachs by the end! Everybody managed to use their Spanish skills and try something new. Students had a great day! We have more trips planned to the restaurant for other year groups this year.

Y8 trip to Liverpool University – A group of year 8 students were invited to Liverpool University for an afternoon of Spanish learning. They worked with present students of the university, who gave their experiences of language learning so far and were taught by a Spanish lecturer at the University. Students learned new vocabulary linked to the holiday’s topic and participated in different activities and games. The trip enabled students to see what it is like to learn a language at University and where learning a language can take you in your career.

MFL Mini festival of languages – June 2013 saw the Academy’s first Mini Festival of Languages, which was an evening dedicated to language learning. Parents and students were invited to this event to celebrate our students’ amazing linguistic talents. The evening began with lots of Spanish and French food served in the canteen, with examples of excellent student work displayed. Guests were then invited to the hall, where an evening of fabulous entertainment was put on. Y8 wowed us with their fantastic salsa moves and there was also a performance of the ‘can-can’ by the Senior Dance Troupe. Y9 put on two brilliant plays in Spanish, which parents and students found absolutely hilarious. There was even a special performance by the MFL teachers with their interpretation of ‘Cita Ciega’ or ‘Blind Date’!

Cross Curricular Spanish & P.E. Trip to Costa Brava, Spain May 2012 – During the week before half term a group of thirty one Year 7-9 students went on a joint Spanish and P.E. trip to Costa Brava, Spain. The purpose of the trip was to develop our students’ language and communication skills whilst taking part in numerous water sports and outdoor adventure activities. We stayed at the Club Aire Libre, near Tossa de Mar and the week was jam packed with activities and trips. The water sports included snorkelling, kayaking and banana boats; luckily the weather was on our side, with lots of sun and warm breezes. We spent a day visiting the city of Barcelona, where we took a stroll down ‘Las Ramblas’, went on a stadium tour of the famous Nou Camp and even got photos taken with the Champions’ League trophy! Students also visited a waterpark, which was so much fun! During the evenings, students took part in volleyball and football tournaments with other Spanish schools and got to practice their language skills with other students. They made lots of friends and swapped email addresses with the aim of keeping in touch via Skype and Facebook. All students made a huge effort to speak Spanish and have a go at all of the activities and were a credit to OBA.