Faculty Leader: Sheila Broad
The Communications Faculty at Bohunt School consists of the English, Media and Modern Foreign Languages’ Departments working together in order to strengthen our students’ understanding of communication in the modern world.
Highly skilled and innovative members of staff ensure all our students leave school fully equipped with the necessary skills to live and work in an ever-changing, fast-paced dynamic global space.
Our aims are to inspire original and creative thinkers who can articulate complex ideas orally, on paper and on screen. In addition, we also strive to empower our students by providing them with the skills required to critically analyse and evaluate information which allows for informed judgements to be made.
At Key Stage 3, students in English explore and study a range of literature from different eras, including poetry, prose and non-fiction, as well as developing creative writing and analytical reading skills, and we aim to inspire a love of reading that reaches far beyond the classroom.
At Key Stage 4, students in English continue their study of both English Language and Literature with texts of a more complex nature, whilst they also refine the range of skills learned in order to respond to the challenges of GCSE and Advanced Level studies.
The mass media is the major force in society behind the communication of information and the provision of entertainment in today’s society. It is also arguably the most important factor in shaping people’s beliefs and attitudes. GCSE Media sets out to unravel the different strands that contribute to the media and to enable students to gain a critical understanding of these varied elements.
The course explores and evaluates not only the media product itself, but also its means of production, the underlying commercial and industrial forces, and the crucial importance of different audiences. Over the course each class will study at least four topic areas drawn from:
- Magazines and comics
- Popular music
- Digital media
In each case the students must demonstrate a critical awareness of the types of media language employed, the influence of institutions, the nature of representation and the intended and actual audience.
Modern Foreign Languages
In year 7 students study French, Spanish or Mandarin 2 lessons per week. In addition they are beneficiaries of taster courses in two, sometimes 3 further foreign languages on a rotation. This helps students make informed choices about which additional second language to take up on entry to year 8.
It is an expectation that almost all students will pursue a foreign language to GCSE, and in year 9 students will make this choice. There is also the option for some students to take two foreign language GCSEs.
In MFL, students will develop their language skills by studying topics such as lifestyle, leisure, holidays and the environment as well as developing their knowledge of other cultures.
Immersion Languages Teaching
One tutor group in each year group studies a single foreign language intensively. This is done via the immersion or content-led method (CLiL), so that students study a number of subjects through the medium of the foreign language, including art, PE, RE, science or drama. Students in each CLiL tutor group sit GCSE at the end of yr9 and then move onto an advanced languages course for the upper school.
The MFL department also runs a varied and exciting range of trips abroad and foreign exchange visits to help students use their languages in real-life cultural contexts. Our programme includes:
- Year 7 activity trips during which the activities are led in either French or Spanish
- Established exchange programmes in year 8 and/or 9 with link schools in France, Germany and Spain
- An exchange trip to China in Y10 for students studying Mandarin
- Shorter trips such as those to the German Christmas Markets