Modern Foreign Languages

Year 7

Year 7

In Year 7, students are placed into teaching groups where they learn either French or Spanish. For either language in the first term, 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, such as expressing opinions, giving reasons and developing description in the present tense, as well as looking at the use of the future tense to describe what they are going to do.

Topics covered in Year 7



Term 1 – Je me présente

Introducing yourself


Days + months

School equipment/items in the classroom


Where I live

Introducing my family/pets


Term 1 – Introduction to Spanish


Phonics + cognates

Classroom language


Spanish-speaking countries + world languages


Days + months

Describing the date, your age and birthday

Term 2 – C’est perso

Opinions and justification + Regular –er verbs in present tense

Items in survival kit

Appearance + avoir in present tense

Personality + être in present tense

Describing others

Adjectival agreement

Term 2 – Self, Family & Friends

Classroom language



Pets & colours

Family members

Physical & personality descriptions


Term 3 – Mon collège

School subjects

Opinions and justification (Asking questions)

12 hour clock

Describing the school day

Food + partitive article

Describing school uniform

Term 3 – School Life


Classroom items

School subjects

Opinions and reasons

Adjectives to describe subjects and people

School facilities


Term 4 – Mon temps libre

Computers and mobile phones + time phrases (present tense regular –er verbs)

Sports (jouer à + faire de)

Free time activities (link to weather)

Opinions + infinitive of free time activities

Describing what others do (using ils/elles in present tense)

Term 4 – Free time

Free-time activities


Talking about future plans

Term 5+6 – Là où j’habite

Describing your town/village

Asking/giving directions

Describing where you go + present tense of aller (with à)

Near future tense

Making and responding to invitations

Describing what you can do in town

(On peut + infinitive)

Term 5+6 – Local area

Where you live

Places around town

Giving directions

Year 8

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, healthy living and going out (making arrangements, making/declining invitations). There are also opportunities to build on the skills, such as spontaneous speaking and translation to and from French/Spanish.

Topics covered in Year 8



Term 1 – Les médias

Tv programmes + Film genres

Opinions + justification

Regular –er/-ir/-re verbs in present tense


Talking about reading

Talking about how you use the internet

Avoir/être/aller/faire in present tense

Introduction to past (perfect) tense

Term 1 – Holidays

Destinations & transport

Accommodation & facilities




Preterite tense

Term 2 – Les vacances

Holiday activities

Perfect tense of regular + irregular verbs

Negatives with perfect tense

Describing when you did things

Using c’était _+ adjectives

Countries and modes of transport

Perfect tense with être

Asking questions

Term 2 – Technology and media


Film & TV

Mobile phone & technology

Talking about things you did

Term 3 – Mon identité

Describing personality

Talking about relationships

Music – agreeing/disagreeing and giving reasons


Near future tense

Mixing past, present and future tenses.

Term 3 – Food & Drink

Food - opinions

Describing mealtimes

Organising a party – discussing what to buy

At the restaurant – ordering meals

Describing a party

Term 4 – Là où j’habite

Where I live


Describing my home


Talking about meals

Talking about an event (using 3 tenses)

Il faut + infinitive

Term 4 – Making arrangements

Arranging to go out

Making excuses

Discussing getting ready to go out


Sporting events

Term 5 + 6 – La vie saine

Food and drink (with opinions and justification)

Sport/exercise activities

Negatives (include ne…pas, jamais, plus, etc)

Describing a healthy lifestyle

Il faut + infinitive

Describing eating/exercise habits in the past (Perfect tense revision)

Describing future lifestyle habits

Near future tense revision/(simple future)

Term 5 + 6  – Home and town in the context of holidays

Describing a holiday home

Describing holiday activities

Asking for directions

Talking about summer camps

Describing a world trip

Year 9

Year 9

In Year 9, students continue to build on prior knowledge and content covered in Years 7 and 8. There is a focus on revising prior learning and deepening understanding, as well as developing all 4 skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing.  



Term 1 – Ma famille et mes amis

Talking about myself

Using avoir and être

Describing my family/friends

Adjectives (position and agreement)

Relationships with family/friends

Reflexive verbs

Term 1 – School + education

School equipment

School subjects


Describing teachers

School facilities

School rules + problems

Describing school/college

Term 2 – Ma famille et mes amis

Talking about future relationships

Talking about relationship choices/future plans

Future tense (immediate and simple)


La technologie

Use of technology

Present tense of -er/-ir/-re verbs

Term 2 – Education post-16; jobs, career choices and ambitions


Part time jobs

Household chores

Work experience (future)

Plans for the future

Term 3 – La technologie

Use of social media (pros and cons)

Uses of mobile technology

Benefits and dangers of mobile technology

Irregular verbs in present tense (aller, faire, etc)

Term 3 – Local area

Places around town

Description of a region

Weather and climate

Geographical features and natural resources

Country case study – El Salvador

Term 4 – Là où j’habite

Describing your home (furniture, rooms in the house)


Household chores

Describing your ideal home

Conditional tense Describing the area you live in

Activities in your town

Describing a region using a range of time frames and language



Term 4 – Environmental and global issues

Global problems


Environmental problems

Solutions to problems

Term 5 + 6 – La vie scolaire

School subjects

Describing your school

Describing a day in your school (using perfect tense)

Comparing school life in different countries

Comparative and superlative adverbs

School rules (recap of modal verbs and il faut + infinitive structures)


Talking about ideal school (revision of conditional tense)

Term 5 – Social issues and healthy living

Social issues

Daily routine

Body parts

Pains and ailments

At the doctor’s/pharmacy

Reducing stress

Smoking and alcohol

Term 6 – Festivals and celebrations

Music festivals

Festivals in Spain

Country case study – Mexico

Famous people






Birthdays and parties


Year 10 - 11


Year 10

In Year 10, students follow the AQA 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.



Term 1 – Mon temps libre

Tv/film/music – describing likes and dislikes

Free time activities

Revision of perfect tense

Talking about future activities

Food (quantities, verb + infinitive structures)

Discussing world cuisine

Term 1 – Social issues

Charity and voluntary work

Volunteering in the future

Healthy eating

Describe and discuss bad habits.


Term 2 – Mon temps libre

Sports – opinions and linking use of time frames

Extreme sports


Les célébrations

Talking about celebrations

Describing a recent celebration (perfect tense revision)

Use of perfect tense with reflexive verbs and perfect infinitive

Term 2 – Food/Festivals

Festivals in Spanish speaking world

Describing a special day

Talking about a music festival

Spanish customs


Term 3 – Les célébrations

Talking about festivals

Imperfect tense

Discussing international festivals/events


Les vacances

Describing holiday destinations and preferences

Describing a past holiday (revision of imperfect and perfect tenses)

Term 3 – Local area

Describing your house

Places in town

Asking/understanding directions

Describing what your area used to be like


Term 4 – Les vacances

Holiday activities

Talking about different places in France/French speaking countries

Describing holidays across a range of time frames

Term 4 – Environmental and global issues

Global problems

Environmental problems

Solutions to probles


Term 5 + 6 – Les problèmes sociaux

Charity work

Vouloir/aimer (in present and conditional tenses)

Subjunctive introduction

Discussing the importance of charities

Healthy lifestyles – eating and exercise

Pouvoir/Devoir + infinitive revision

Using imperfect tense to describe past habits

Using future tense + il vaut/vaudrait mieux to describe health resolutions

Term 5 + 6 – Jobs and future plans


Work experience

Importance of learning languages

Applying for jobs

Talking about gap year

Ideal jobs

Future plans



Year 11



Term 1 – Mes plans pour l’avenir

Talking about future studies

Ce qui + ce que

Future options

Using si/quand phrases to develop complexity

University and apprenticeships

Term 1 – Social issues

Charity and voluntary work

Volunteering in the future

Healthy eating

Healthy/unhealthy lifestyles

Discussing bad habits

Term 2 – Le monde du travail

Job preferences

Passive voice – present tense

Applying for jobs

Advantages and disadvantages of jobs

Work experience

Ideal jobs

Term 2 – Global issues


Global problems

Actions to improve the environment




Term 3 – Les problèmes mondiaux

Environmental issues and actions

Discussing global issues

Revision of si + present tense

Pluperfect tense

Social issues – homelessness

Recognising and using the imperative


World poverty

Term 3 – School and education

School subjects

School building and facilities

Comparing British and Spanish schools

Talking about teachers

School rules and problems

School clubs



Term 4 + 5 : Revision and exam prep

Review of content from Themes 1-3 of AQA specification

Preparation and practise for speaking exam.

Review of key grammar and complex structures covered over the course.

Term 4 + 5 – Revision and exam prep

Revision of content for each GCSE topic

Practising role play, photo card and conversation skills for speaking exam



All students across all year groups are expected to learn vocabulary regularly, using their own methods or using Memrise/Quizlet/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 12 - 13

A Level: Year 12 - 13

Students follow the AQA A Level course over 2 years with exams at the end of Year 13.

  • Paper 1 (50% - 2 hours 30 mins written exam): listening/reading/writing
  • Paper 2 (20% - 2 hours): writing
  • Paper 3 (30% - 21-23 minutes): speaking

The course content is split into 4 main themes:



Theme 1: Aspects of French speaking society: current trends (Year 12)

  • The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement)
  • The ‘cyber-society’ (La « cyber-société»)
  • The place of voluntary work (Le role du bénévolat)


Theme 2: Aspects of French-speaking society (Year 13)

  • Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d’une société diverse)
  • Life for the marginalised (Quelle vie pour les marginalisés ?)
  • How criminals are treated (Comment on traite les criminels)


Theme 3: Artistic culture in the French-speaking world (Year 12)

  • A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine)
  • Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)
  • Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma: le septième art)

Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world (Year 13)

  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l’engagement politque)
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (Manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir ?)
  • Politics and immigration (La politique et l’immigration)

Theme 1: Aspects of Hispanic society (Year 12)

  • Modern and traditional values (Los valores tradicionales y modernos)
  • Cyberspace (El ciberespacio)
  • Equal rights (La igualidad de los sexos)


Theme 2: Multiculturalism in Hispanic society (Year 13)

  • Immigration (La inmigración)
  • Racism (El racismo)
  • Integration (La convivencia)


Theme 3: Artistic culture in the Hispanic world (Year 12)

  • Modern day idols (La influencia de los ídolos)
  • Spanish regional identity (La identidad regional en España)
  • Cultural heritage (El patrimonio cultural)

Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world (Year 13)

  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens (Jóvenes de hoy, ciudades del mañana)
  • Monarchies and dictatorships (Monarquías y dictaduras)
  • Popular movements (Movimentos populares)



In addition to this, students study 1 film and 1 literary text. These are assessed in Paper 2 in the form of a critical and analytical essay for each work:



Literary text : No et Moi (Delphine de Vigan)


Film : Au revoir les enfants (Louis Malle – 1987)

Literary text : La Casa de Bernarda Alba (Federico García Lorca)


Film: El laberinto del Fauno (Guillermo del Toro – 2006)


At A Level, work continues on developing the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  A more in-depth study of grammatical structures is undertaken, leading to increased confidence with the language and ability to manipulate the language for your own ends.  Lessons are conducted in the foreign language and a variety of topic areas are covered, in much greater depth than at GCSE level.

In preparation for the speaking exam, students also conduct their own individual research project (IRP), which is wholly rooted in French/Francophone or Spanish/Hispanic culture. This is assessed through a presentation and discussion at the end of Year 13 in the Paper 3 speaking exam.

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