Curriculum

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

The study of Modern Foreign Languages helps to develop pupils’ cultural awareness, teaches them the fundamentals of communicating effectively in a foreign language, and equips them with the skills they need to progress to a global marketplace.

Pupils will learn how to convey vital information about themselves, their families and their lives, and will also master essential phrases, such as how to ask for directions, order food, and organise social engagements. Pronunciation and grammar will be key components of the course, ensuring pupils are able to communicate through both spoken and written mediums.

Pupils will also learn a variety of valuable transferrable skills whilst undertaking a MFL, such as communication, problem-solving, creativity, ICT, literacy, numeracy and performance skills.

As a Department, we are committed to making language learning a positive, enjoyable experience through a variety of teaching and learning activities.

All of our current Year 7 pupils study French or Spanish, pupils in Year 8 study French, and pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 study Spanish.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils follow the AQA GCSE Spanish Specification. Studying a language at GCSE level allows our pupils to access the English Baccalaureate. In addition to this, we actively encourage and support pupils to undertake GCSE, AS and A2 examinations in their community language. We have recently had examination success in Dutch, Polish and Arabic.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 (French and Spanish) Year 8 (French)
  • Personal information
  • Physical appearance
  • School subjects
  • Opinions
  • Personality
  • Present tense verbs
  • Family and friends
  • Free time activities
  • Animals and pets
  • Food and drink
  • Town
  • Local area
  • Cultural projects
  • Clothes
  • Weather
  • Holidays
  • Grammar – past tense focus
  • Sport and leisure
  • Daily routine
  • Where you live
  • Revision of grammatical structures Y7 and Y8
  • Enterprise project
Year 9 (Spanish) Year 10 (Spanish) Year 11 (Spanish)
  • Holidays
  • School
  • Jobs and future plans
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • New Technology
  • Free-time activities
  • Custom and festivals
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Home and Local Area
  • Holidays
  • School
  • Jobs and future plans
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • New Technology
  • Free-time activities
  • Custom and festivals
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Home and Local Area
  • Holidays
  • School
  • Jobs and future plans
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • New Technology
  • Free-time activities
  • Custom and festivals
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Home and Local Area
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification (Year 9 and 10): AQA GCSE Spanish (8698)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.