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

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.

Basic Language Skills Identity and Culture: Who am I? Identity and Culture: Cultural Life School

 

Alphabet & phonetics.

Greetings

Classroom vocab

Weather

Numbers

Days of week and months of year

Dates / birthdays

 

 

Personality

Pets/family

Colours

Physical description

The present tense of regular verbs

Introduction to literary texts

Sports/frequency

Giving and justifying opinions

 

Music and reading habits

Festivals and celebrations

Social media and technology

Film and television

 

 

 

 

School subjects and timetable

School facilities

School rules

Daily routine

Year 8 – French, German, Italian and Spanish

Year 8 students continue the study of their two languages from Year 7 on a carousel basis.

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

 

 

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 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

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