Modern foreign languages

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).


 Spelling BeeSPELLING BEE 

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!!!

July 2018 – we held Mexican Day- Pupils Testimonals

We took part in a day where we could dress up as characters/people from Mexico or we could dress up as they do on the ‘Day of the Dead’.  It was a very lovely day during which we explored the Mexican culture and beliefs.  We started the day by watching the Disney film ‘Coco’ that was based on the Day of the Dead celebrations.  On this Mexican themed day, we took part in many workshops (craft: masks & flower making, singing and playing instruments as well as a challenging geography quiz).  We really appreciated this day as it was really fun.  Gracias!

By Willow P., Libby N, Emily T & Ellie W (8O).

International day was a blast of excitement, colourfulness and general happiness.  We all watched the beautiful film ‘Coco’, all about el Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  We also participated in a geographical quiz about Mexico.  All Year 7 students sang songs form ‘Coco’ and made masks.  We came to school in the colours of the Mexican flag or dressed as a famous Mexican person.  I really enjoyed the day and I hope the school decide to organise similar days again.

By Reuben D-B

KS3 visit France July 2018.

We left at 5am on Monday morning and set off for Folkestone. After a few hours, we arrived at the Eurotunnel. Finally, we arrived at the Chateau de Grande Romaine. We unpacked and had dinner. On Tuesday, we when to a French market in a town called Brie. Everything was really cheap! In the afternoon we chose some PGL team activities. On Wednesday, we visited Paris and went up the Eiffel Tower..

I only went to the first level as I am terrified of heights. After our picnic, we went on a boat trip on the river Seine. On our last day, we went back to Paris, this time to visit the Louvre museum, the Arc- de-Triomple, the Sacré Coeur and Montmartre. Overall this trip has been very educational, fun and interesting. I would highly recommend taking this fantastic opportunity. Gethin Henley (Y8)

My favourite part of the French Trip was the Eiffel Tower as it was a lot of fun. The climb was hard but it was worth it as the view was amazing! It was very interesting to learn about the culture of France and, although it took a while to reach a the places it was worth every minutes we had fun all the time and learned a lot. It was an amazing experience and I thanks Mrs Hall for planning the trip. Isaac Cornish (Y7)

The accommodation was great, we went to a French market and the Louvre where I saw the Mona Lisa painting (but I didn’t get a picture). We took part in some fun evening activities too (mini-olympics, rounders, campfire and crêpes making) and, in my opinion, crêpes making was the best one. I put chocolate sauce on one and strawberry jam on the other. We went up the Eiffel Tower and it was great. Altogether, it was a very fun trip. Jack Foulger (Y7)



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.