The Modern Foreign Languages Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Mr J. McStocker

MFL Faculty Intent

•      To provide opportunities for all students to achieve their full potential and to promote and enable academic achievement

•      To foster within students a love of foreign languages and culture and to equip them with essential skills such as communication skills, problem-solving, team work and resilience

Key Stage 3 Subject Intent

•      Development of cultural awareness through use of different media

•      Promotion of intercultural understanding

•      Understanding of structure and grammatical principles

•      Increase self-confidence, especially in speaking

•      Development of resilience and Growth Mindsets

•      Enjoyment of and success in language learning

•      Appreciation of literature in foreign languages

•      Provision of educational experiences in TL countries

•      Free choice of 2 from 4 of the languages offered

Key Stage 4 Subject Intent

As per KS3, plus:

•      Development of ability across all key skills in preparation for exams

•      Development of spontaneity in speaking

•      Opportunity to study 2 languages to GCSE

•      Equip students with the necessary skills and content to undertake further language study.

Curriculum Overview

Years 7 & 8

During Key Stage 3 (years 7 & 8) students are able to select two languages to study. Language lessons are taught in mixed ability classes with homework set twice per week. Students are assessed in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and on their knowledge and application of grammatical principles.

French, Spanish, German and Italian – Year 7

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4

 

Alphabet & phonetics.

Greetings

Classroom vocab

Weather

 

Numbers to 31

Days of week

Months

Dates / birthdays

 

Personality

Pets /family

Colours

Physical description

 

The present tense of regular verbs

 

Introduction to literary texts

 

Sports / Frequency

Giving opinions

Justifying opinions

 

Music and reading habits

 

Festivals and celebrations

 

Students study their other language

 

School subjects

 

Giving opinions and justifications

 

School facilities

 

School rules

 

Daily routine

 

Present tense of verbs

 

Social media and technology

 

Introduction to literary texts

 

Film and Television

 

Students study their other language

Year 8 – French, German, Italian and Spanish

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4

 

–          Holiday destinations

–          Holiday activities

–          Revision of present tense

 

–          Food and drink

–          Shopping for food and drink

–          Numbers

–          Quantities

 

–          Describing a past holiday

 

–          Preterite/perfect tense of verbs

 

–          Describing accommodation

 

–          Booking accommodation

 

–          Local area

 

–          Directions

 

–          TL country – celebrations

 

–          Literary extracts

 

Students study their other language

 

–          Jobs

–          Places of work

 

–          Personal qualities and interests

 

–          Pocket money

 

–          Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs

–          Giving opinions and justifications

 

–          Ambitions: future study and beyond

 

–          Volunteering

 

–          Using languages beyond the classroom

 

–          Introduction to poetry: reading and responding and using language creatively.

 

Students study their other language

Year 9

All students in Year 9 study the language of their choice over five lessons per fortnight in mixed ability groups. Homework is set twice per week, one is a learning activity and one writing or speaking. Students are assessed in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and on their knowledge and application of grammatical principles.

Students are assessed in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and on their knowledge and application of grammatical principles.

Year 9

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topic area:

Who am I?

 

Family and friends: physical description and talking about personality

 

Friendships and role models: personal qualities

 

The present tense of verbs

 

Free time: sport and other interests

 

 

 

 

 

Topic area:

Daily life

 

Daily routine and using reflexive verbs

 

Food and drink: giving opinions and justifications; mealtimes; food and drink in TL countries.

 

Shopping for food and drink and clothes: role-play practice; asking questions.

 

Social media and technology: uses and advantages and disadvantages.

 

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Topic area:

Cultural life

 

TV and films

 

Film week

 

Reading habits

 

Music

 

Describing festivals and traditions in TL-speaking countries

 

Family celebrations

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Topic area:

School

 

Talking about school subjects

 

Talking about school day and routine

 

Discussing school timetable

 

Describing school uniform

Talking about advantages and disadvantages of school uniform

 

Preterite/perfect tense of verbs

 

Rules and pressures at school

 

Comparing school in UK and TL countries

Topic area:

School

 

Imperfect tense

 

Describing primary school

 

Comparing primary school to high school

 

Literary text.

 

 

 

Topic area:

School

 

Summer exams

 

Events and successes at school

 

The future tense of verbs

 

Planning a school trip/exchange

 

Literary texts: deconstructing a text; identifying key linguistic features; deducing and inferring meaning.

 

 

 

Years 10 & 11

All students in Years 10 & 11 continue to study the language of their choice over five lessons per fortnight in mixed ability groups. Homework is set twice per week, one is a learning activity and one writing or speaking.

Students are assessed in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and on their knowledge and application of grammatical principles.

In Y11, provision is personalised and key topic areas are revisited to allow for consolidation and extension.

Year 10

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topic area:

Holidays

 

Destinations: Talking about location; cities and countries

 

Holidays:

talking about holiday preferences; opinions and justifications; expressing plans and intentions; asking questions

 

Talking about a past holiday

 

 

 

 

 

Topic area:

Travel and tourist transactions

 

Methods of transport:

advantages and disadvantages; travel by train and bus

 

Places in town

 

Asking for directions /information

 

Dealing with problems (e.g. lost items)

 

Describing accommodation: types of accommodation;

booking a hotel room; hotel facilities; complaints

 

Eating out in a restaurant

 

Christmas in TL country

Topic area:

Town, region and country

 

Describing local area: places in a town; what there is to see and do; positives and negatives

 

Discussing the weather and plans

 

Shopping: types of shops; buying clothes; complaints; shopping for food; using quantities

 

Online shopping: advantages and disadvantages

 

 

 

 

 

Topic area:

Future aspirations, study and work

 

Talking about how you earn money

 

Jobs and professions: advantages and disadvantages; personal qualities and interests

 

Applying for a job abroad

 

 

 

Topic area:

Ambitions

 

Y10 exams

 

The conditional tense of verbs

 

Talking about plans, hopes and wishes: future plans for study, volunteering and work

 

 

Topic area:

Using languages beyond the classroom

 

Using languages: discussing the importance of languages; famous TL speakers

 

Studying languages abroad

 

Working abroad

 

Cultural project on TL-speaking areas: geographical location and features (natural attractions); weather;   festivals; music;

Sport; food and drink; daily life; things to see and do

 

Year 11

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Topic area:

International and Global Dimension

 

Global issues and solutions

 

The environment:

environmental issues; solutions; protecting the environment

 

Ethical shopping

 

International events: arguments for and against

 

Speaking preparation

Topic area:

Identity and culture

 

Learning is personalised to allow students to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in relation to this theme.

 

Christmas and New Year traditions

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Topic area:

Holidays and local area

 

Learning is personalised to allow students to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in relation to this theme.

 

 

 

 

Topic area:

School

 

Learning is personalised to allow students to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in relation to this theme.

 

Topic area:

Jobs and future aspirations

 

Learning is personalised to allow students to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in relation to this theme.

 

 

LINKS TO SPECIFICATIONS:

French

German

Italian

Spanish

Additional Information

Extra Support is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school for all students. As extra-curricular lessons we are offering Urdu and Arabic this year.

There are residential visits to France and Italy which take place each year.