Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Offered

All students study a language at KS3 and are allocated to French, German, Spanish or Urdu.  Where possible, we try to capitalise on pupil knowledge from KS2, when allocating to languages.  Our Schemes of Work are very skills focussed and encourage pupils to develop their literacy and understanding of grammar alongside the new content.

Year 7
• Greetings and introductions
• School items
• Family/pets
• Simple descriptions
• School
•  – Opinions on subjects with simple reasons
– Time and timetable
– Descriptions of teachers
• Free time activities (link to Spr1 through theme of after school clubs)
– Opinions on infinitives
• – High frequency verbs in 1st/2nd/3rd person sing
– 2nd tense (future or conditional)
• Food and drink
• Pocket money and shopping
– food at market/restaurant
• – clothes (brief)

Year 8
• Where I live
• My house
• Chores at home
• My town
– directions
– research on TL town
• Holidays
– Weather
• – Countries / transport
– Activities
• Celebrations in TL country
• Healthy living
– QUICK revision of food/drink
– Smoking / drinking /drugs
– Illnesses
– At the doctor
• Media, technology and film
– Curriculum week; film review
Extra Curricular Activities
During curriculum week in the summer, we combine extra curricular ideas with curriculum learning, engaging students in film projects, alien projects and more.  Over the year, opportunities are available to students including: teaching a foreign language at local primary schools, theatre trips, university trips, peer mentoring, German Christmas market trips and other activities in the local area.  Trips are increasingly over-subscribed as pupils value the opportunity to use languages in real life contexts.  In recent years, there have been trips abroad, which we are looking to expand.

Our students often speak one or more additional languages so we enter large cohorts each year for GCSE, AS and A2 in a wide range of languages.  Recent examples include Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, Mandarin Chinese and Italian.