Welcome to Modern Foreign Languages


The MFL department aim to create and develop enthusiastic, confident, independent language learners who are curious about the world beyond our borders and who have a desire to connect and communicate with people from other countries and cultures.

Young people with good language skills are in high demand in the 21st Century. They stand out as talented and successful people with broad and exciting horizons.

Our language curriculum covers a range of topics and skills and is designed with clear progression to ensure learners develop proficient linguistic competence.  

Each year, the department employs native speakers from France and Spain as language assistants to enhance students’ confidence and fluency in speaking.

The possibility of an authentic language experience is provided by trips to France (Paris) and Spain (Seville) for Year 7 students and a French exchange to Cluses in the French Alps for Year 8 pupils.

Students in Years 7 and 8 study either French or Spanish. This enables students to fully master the language and allows for a full five-year learning journey to GCSE. Pupils who have a particular interest in, and aptitude for languages may opt for a second language to GCSE at the end of Year 8.

Year 7 Curriculum Map - French

Year 7 Curriculum Map - Spanish

Useful Websites

www.linguascope.com (pupils will be given the log in details)

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.espanol-extra.co.uk (pupils will be given the log in details)

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.wordreference.com

www.conjugation.org

 
A French and Spanish dictionary would also be very useful. Online translators are not recommended as the accuracy may vary.
 
Homework
Various homework tasks are set on a regular basis and may include learning vocabulary, reading, writing, preparing for speaking tests or research on a cultural topic. Parents can help by testing your child or by being ‘taught’ basic phrases. A Spanish taster session for parents is held in the Autumn term.
 

Year 8 French topics

  • Talking about the past
  • Daily routines and invites 
  • Talking about family and friends
  • Dealing with illness (plus top set)
  • Food and shopping and restaurant role plays (plus top set)
  • A trip to Paris (plus top set)
  • Arranging accommodation
  • Year 8 Spanish topics (based on Mira 2)
  • Describing people and daily routine (plus top set)
  • Arranging to go out (plus top set)
  • Talking about past holidays
  • Food and ordering a meal
  • Describing clothes (plus top set)
  • Buildings in a town and asking for directions.

Year 8 Spanish topics

  • Describing people and daily routine (plus top set)
  • Arranging to go out (plus top set)
  • Talking about past holidays
  • Food and ordering a meal
  • Describing clothes (plus top set)
  • Buildings in a town and asking for directions.

Useful Websites

www.linguascope.com (pupils will be given the log in details)

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.espanol-extra.co.uk (pupils will be given the log in details)

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.wordreference.com

www.conjugation.org

A French and Spanish dictionary would also be very useful. Online translators are not recommended as the accuracy may vary.

Homework

Various homework tasks are set on a regular basis and may include learning vocabulary, reading, writing, preparing for speaking tests or research on a cultural topic. Parents can help by testing your child or by being ‘taught’ basic phrases.

GCSE French and Spanish

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