Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish) Curriculum 7 – 11

Year 7

In Year 7, students are placed into teaching groups where they learn either French or Spanish. For either language, they follow a transition unit which will either revisit the language they may have met at primary school, or introduce the basics of their chosen language (talking about myself, numbers, the alphabet, items in the classroom, etc), which prepares them for the requirements of KS3 curriculum. The scheme of learning broadly follows Studio 1 (French) or Mira Express 1 (Spanish) textbooks. Topics that are covered include: my family, free time and hobbies, where I live, my school and holidays. Students cover a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures in each topic, as well as looking at the use of the future tense to describe what they are going to do.

Year 8

In Year 8, students continue with the language of study from Year 7. The main focus is to build on level of detail in written and spoken work, through use of opinions, justification and introduction to the past tense. The scheme of learning broadly follows Studio 2 (French) or Viva 2 (Spanish) textbooks. Topics that are covered include: media (tv/cinema/use of technology), holidays, food and drink and going out (making arrangements, making/declining invitations). There are also opportunities to build on the skills students need for the new GCSE specification, such as spontaneous speaking and translation to and from French/Spanish.

Year 9 + 10 – GCSE AQA French/Spanish

Students are following the new GCSE specification where all 4 skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing are equally assessed (25% of final mark each). There is a bigger emphasis on knowledge of grammar, translation skills, exposure to literary texts and speaking spontaneously. The content is split into 12 units of work which fall under 3 main themes: identity and culture/local, national, international and global areas of interest/current and future study and employment. In lessons, students build on their confidence to communicate effectively, as well as developing independent learning. They are expected to learn vocabulary regularly, via their own methods or using Memrise/Duolingo, as well as practising language/structures met in lessons. Students have the opportunity to develop their comprehension skills, as well as expressing themselves using a variety of tenses and other complex structures.

Year 11 – GCSE AQA French/Spanish

Students work to complete their controlled assessment portfolio of speaking and writing tasks (60% of total GCSE), whilst also covering the following themes in depth for final Listening and Reading exams at the end of the course (20% of total GCSE each): Lifestyle (talking about myself, health, social issues and equality), Leisure (free time, new technologies and holidays), Home and environment (talking about where I live, environment) and Work and education (School, future plans, jobs).

The Faculty is keen to develop students as independent learners, and they are all given work books to reinforce the input that they receive in class. In addition, students are offered language learning magazines, and the opportunity to develop their language skills through our subscription to the language learning website, After-school support is available for students on Wednesday evenings, and extra classes are frequently offered to examination classes. We are encouraging students to use their languages skills for real purposes through student exchanges, with students in French and Spanish-speaking schools.

The Faculty is staffed by specialist language teachers and is fortunate to benefit from the expertise of four native speakers in both French and Spanish.

A number of excursions are planned every year in order to extend students' learning beyond the classroom. Some students in the Sixth Form choose to undertake work experience abroad.


  • Miss E Mensah: Head of Faculty -
  • Miss S Hau - Head of MFL/2nd in Charge of Social Communications

  • Ms J Adu-Gyamfi, BSc, PGCE - Teacher of Sociology (NQT)
  • Mrs D Forder, BA, PGCE - Deputy Headteacher
  • Mrs R Gonzalez, - Teacher i/c Spanish
  • Mrs A Hodgson, BA, PGCE - Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs S Kay, BEd, PGCE - Primary/Secondary Transition Manager
  • Ms L Pascoe BA PGCE - Part-time teacher of Business Studies
  • Miss L Rennalls, LLB, PGCE - Year Cordinator
  • Mrs C Tipping, BA, PGCE, NPQH - Senior Deputy Headteacher
  • Mrs C Winchester, Licenciatura, PGCE - MFL Curriculum Enhancement Coordinator