Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Department aims to provide a stimulating and positive learning environment in which students can achieve their true potential in all skill areas. We offer a variety of learning styles and hope that all students will be able to communicate successfully in French and Spanish.

We aim to offer an inclusive curriculum - everybody is offered the opportunity to study a Modern Foreign Language and we hope to foster rich and varied links with foreign people through pen friends, trips abroad and educational visits.

The department offers at least one trip abroad per year - past trips have been to Lille, Paris, Brussels and Barcelona - as well as trips to the European Christmas Markets in Manchester! Through these visits we hope to broaden the horizons of our learners, giving them an insight into the wonderful and varied mix of cultures and experiences that the world as a whole has to offer - as well as preparing them for working life. Learning a language opens countless doors to interesting careers; from journalism to travel and tourism, from marketing to translator.

Learning a language doesn’t limit your choices – it extends them!

Students will have the opportunity to learn French and/or Spanish throughout Key Stage 3. They will learn to communicate through the skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. We hope that by the end of Year 8 most students will achieve a Grade 2-4, with some able to reach higher. In Year 9, students will be working towards their chosen GCSE. Students will have the option to continue their second language at Key Stage 4 should they wish.

Amongst a wide variety of topics, students will learn to talk about themselves and their families, school life, hobbies, holidays, be able to order food, buy items, welcome visitors and be confident enough to communicate in the foreign country.

Students are encouraged to work independently, give their opinions and to use a variety of tenses in their work.

Work can be as individuals, in pairs, groups or as a whole class.

There is a wide range of resources available for independent work as well as in class activities such as interactive whiteboards, textbooks, audio cassettes/CDs/MP3 recordings, digital voice recorders and iPads. The MFL Department comes equipped with 2 full suites of computers with headphones for individual listening tasks.

In addition, students have access to various Internet subscriptions for independent learning both at school or at home using Linguascope, Vocab Express. Furthermore, the department has a wide range of learning materials such as toolkits and reading boxes to support achievement. Students regularly use 'Memrise' and Quizlet for individual learning of vocabulary.

Students use the following course books to give structure and a point of reference to their studies (coursebooks, however, are not followed in lessons.:

Year 7 – Listos 1 (Spanish)

Year 8 – Métro 1 and 2 (French) and Listos 1 (Spanish)

Assessment Without Levels

The following document highlights the skills required to meet each grade using our new Assessment Without Levels system.

Modern Foreign Languages - Assessment Without Levels

Curriculum Content and Skills

Year/Term

Name of Module/Unit


Year 7 Spanish



Autumn 1 Phonics, cognates, alphabet, pronouns, memory techniques   

Autumn 2 Countries, nationalities, adjective endings, Christmas in Spain  
Spring 1 AR Verbs, IR Verbs, dictionary  
Spring 2 Describing places/ photos, animals, verbs,  
Summer 1 Family    
Summer 2 Physical descriptions, school subjects   

/Year 8 Spanish

Autumn 1 Opinions about school, time, food and drink, ER Verbs   
Autumn 2 Describing school, travel, future plans
Spring 1 Music module, sports and hobbies
Spring 2 Weather, physical descriptions of self and others, comparisons   
Summer 1 Leisure activities (present tense), making plans  
Summer 2 Food/ Opinions/ Meals/ Shopping/ Cafe/ Restaurant/ Past tense/ Healthy eating

Year 8 French (Nov-Feb only)

Autumn 1 Personal information and basics (e.g. numbers, dates)
Autumn 2 French culture
Spring 1 French Cinema, french food
Modern Foreign Languages Staff
Mrs L. Giles Head of Department 
Mrs C. Howard Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages 

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