Modern foreign languages

Aims of the curriculum

The department aims to provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with both the spoken and written language, as well as the culture of French and German speaking countries. We aim to give students the opportunity to fully participate in a range of language experiences. This is achieved with high quality teaching and learning as well as a focus on high expectations. All pupils will study in Year 7 from French or German. Some students will have the opportunity to study a second language in Year 8. Grammar is fully embedded at Key Stage 3 to ensure rapid progression at Key Stage 4.


Curriculum overview

Year 7 French

Term 1
Myself and others, my world, describing myself and my family
Term 2
Food ordering at a café, describing the weather, looking at French towns and cities, French food and drink
Term 3
School and hobbies

Year 7 German

Term 1
Myself and others, my world, school
Term 2
Family and friends, free time
Term 3
Sports and hobbies

Year 8 French

Term 1
Describing where I live, my local area and what there is to do
Term 2
Holidays and future plans
Term 3
Hobbies and past tense, holidays and future tense

Year 8 German

Term 1
Talking about where you live
Term 2
Term 3
Food and technology

Teaching methods and student organisation

All students study one language in Year 7 either French or German which they continue until at least the end of Year 9. Students are set in ability groups based on KS2 information and our own baseline testing. At the end of Year 7 some students will be given the opportunity to study a second language which will be either French or German. In Year 7 students have two 1 hour lessons of languages per week. In Year 8 pupils have three 1 hour lessons a week. This will be split if they study two languages.

Progression after Key Stage 3

Pupils have the opportunity to continue with French and German in Key Stage 4 and study for the Edexcel GCSE qualification. Over the course of three years pupils will cover a range of vocabulary and structures in the following contexts:

  • Lifestyle and social issues
  • Leisure and holidays
  • Home and environment
  • Work and education

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

Visit to Paris and Berlin.  Lunchtime club for Year 7 French. Weekly revision classes for Key Stage 4.


How can you help your child?

Encourage your child to use the websites we have suggested for extra practice. It is a fun way to practise what we have been learning in class. Students will receive a sticker with details of all of the websites that we subscribe to. Also encourage your child to learn vocabulary regularly and test them on it. You will improve your own language skills too! Again the websites that we subscribe to will help with this. It would be helpful if you could purchase a foreign language dictionary. Your language teacher can advise you which one to buy. Encourage an interest in the country whose language they are studying. Point them in the direction of TV programmes and newspaper articles on events happening in France and Germany. Foreign television programmes and radio stations can be accessed on line.

Useful MFL websites