The Modern Foreign Languages Faculty

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

KS3 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 Mindset

• Enjoyment of and success in language learning

• Appreciation of literature in foreign languages

• Provision of educational experiences in TL countries

KS4 Subject Intent

As per KS3, plus:

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

• Development of spontaneity in speaking

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

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

During Key Stage 3 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. Pupils will study French or Spanish.

French and Spanish – Year 7

Year 7 choose 2 of the 4 languages on offer on entry. They study one of these languages for the first half of the year and then the other language for the remainder of the year.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Topic area: Me, my family and friends

Introducing yourself: Greetings, name, age and birthday

Family and friends:

Physical description and talking about personality

 

Topic area: Free-time activities

Sports: what you play, how often and opinions

Learning about a sportsperson from TL country

Hobbies: key verbs and opinions

Introduction to the present tense

Topic area: Technology in everyday life, Free-time activities

Using technology and social media: Uses, opinions, advantages and disadvantages

Music and music preferences, music from TL country

Reading material and reading preferences

Understanding an authentic literary text

Television and Cinema: genres and preferences

Topic area: School

Talking about school subjects

Discussing school timetable

Comparing school in UK and TL countries

Describing school and facilities

Use of the present tense

Rules

Talking about school day and routine

Topic area: Home, town, neighbourhood and region, Customs and festivals

Describing a house: types of houses, rooms

Describing a town: places in a town

Immediate future tense: discussing future plans

Describing future plans to attend a festival in TL country

Topic area: Home, town, neighbourhood and region, Customs and festivals

Cultural project on TL-speaking areas: geographical location and features (natural attractions); weather; festivals; music; Sport; festivals; food and drink; daily life; things to see and do

Use of present tense and immediate future tense; consolidation of tenses and key language from the year

French and Spanish – Year 8

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Topic area: Travel and Tourism

Destinations: Talking about location; cities and countries

Holidays: talking about holiday preferences; opinions and justifications

Asking for directions, questions

Past tense, describing a past holiday

 

Topic area: Travel and Tourism

Booking accommodation, questions

Describing hotel accommodation and making a complaint

Describing what a TL holiday destination has to offer

Immediate future tense, planning a future holiday in a TL destination

 

Topic area: Free-time activities

Food and drink, including from the TL country; opinions and justifications

Discussing mealtimes and comparing with TL country

Ordering food and drink in a restaurant

Planning a party, immediate future

Describing a party, using past, present and future tenses

 

Topic area: Free-time activities

Arranging to go out, conversational key language

Daily routine activities, how you get ready to go out

Describing clothes and what you are going to wear for different occasions, immediate future

Shopping for clothes and describing problems with items

Describing a day out, using three tense

 

Topic area: Jobs, career choices and ambitions, Social issues

Talking about how you earn money; helping at home; part-time jobs

Jobs and qualities required; advantages and disadvantages; opinions and justifications

Ambitions, educations post-16, future tense

Volunteering: discussing good causes, using authentic texts

Careers and language skills

Topic area: Home, town, neighbourhood and region, Customs and festivals

Cultural project on TL-speaking areas: geographical location and features (natural attractions); weather; festivals; music; Sport; festivals; food and drink; daily life; things to see and do

Use of three tenses; consolidation of tenses and key language from the year

Year 9

• All students in Year 9 study their language subject over four 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: Social issues

Parts of the body, ailments and visiting the doctor, asking questions

Present tense of regular and irregular verbs, healthy living activities

Discussing healthy eating and healthy lifestyles

 

 

 

 

Topic area: Relationships with family and friends, marriage/partnership, Social issues

Discussing friendship and what makes a good friend, opinions and justifications

Talking about relationship and future plans, use of future expressions

Talking about rights and responsibilities: children’s rights; anti-social behaviour; reading strategies and extended texts

Charity work and volunteering, opinions and justifications

Topic area: The environment

Global problems and solutions

Environmental issues and protecting the environment, using extended texts

Talking about the impact of Fairtrade and ethical shopping, using more complex opinions and justifications

 

 

Topic area: Home, town, neighbourhood and region, Customs and festivals

TL countries and hopes for the future

Describing a festival: using the present tense and past tense

Introduction to an artist from TL country (writer, musician, singer, artist), using a range of tenses

Easter in TL country

Topic area: My studies, Life at school

Talking about school subjects and school facilities

Comparing and contrasting the education system in TL country with the system in the UK

The imperfect tense: comparing primary school to secondary school, using two tenses

Future tense: planning a school trip to TL country

 

Topic area: Home, town, neighbourhood and region, Customs and festivals

Cultural project on TL-speaking areas: geographical location and features (natural attractions); weather; festivals; music; Sport; festivals; food and drink; daily life; things to see and do

Use of three tenses; consolidation of tenses and key language from the year

 

 

Years 10 & 11

• All students in Years 10 & 11 continue to study the language of their choice, over four lessons per fortnight in Year 10 and five per fortnight in Year 11. Pupils are taught 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 French and Spanish

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topic area: Relationships with family and friends, Free-time activities

Discussing friendship and what makes a good friend, opinions and justifications

Present tense, free-time activities

Talking about TV and Cinema, Music, Reading, Sport, Art (artist from TL country)

 

 

 

Topic area: Home, town, neighbourhood and region, Social issues

Describing home, local area, using a range of tenses

Directions: using key language to ask questions and provide assistance

Discussing key social issues, expressing opinions and suggesting solutions

Christmas in TL country

Topic area: Travel and Tourism

Destinations: Talking about location; cities and countries

Holiday activities, using the present tense

Talking about a past holiday, using the past tense

Describing hotel accommodation

Describing a festival in TL country, using past tenses

 

 

Topic area: My studies, Life at 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: Jobs, career choices and ambitions, Education post-16

Part-time jobs and earning money

Volunteering, including in TL country, discussing future plans

Talking about jobs and qualities required, advantages and disadvantages

Ambitions for the future, using the future tense

Careers and language skills

 

 

Topic area: Jobs, career choices and ambitions, Education post-16, Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Discussing the importance of languages

Studying and working abroad

Cultural project: Independent research; Presentation skills; Extended text; Using a variety of tenses; Re-cap of key language and topics from the year

 

Year 10 Italian

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

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

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

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 FOR YEAR 10 ITALIAN AND CURRENT YEAR 11:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/french-2016.html

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/german-2016.html

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/italian-2017.html

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/spanish-2016.html

LINKS TO SPECIFICATIONS FOR AQA:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698