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Modern Foreign Languages

In today's society, having good communication skills are seen as a vital and positive asset by employers and our students are actively encouraged to use and develop these in MFL. Broadening linguistic horizons academically is also at the heart of our pledge.

We offer French to GCSE level and benefit from a well-travelled Head of Subject (Ms Knight) as well as a native speaker (Ms Garnier).

We thrive at producing authentic activities about culture and traditions and increasing students’ confidence in speaking and understanding the language and culture

Key Stage 3



Pupils are assessed across 4 skill areas

the Receptive skills  of Listening and Reading

the Productive skills of Speaking and Writing

At KS3, and beginning in Year 7, great emphasis is placed on acquiring the necessary skills which form the basis of the GCSE course. Students learn how to;

- develop powers of deduction to work through texts of developing complexity.

- develop skills in translation.

- develop an understanding of phonics.                                                                                               

- develop skills in spontaneity to be able to ‘think on their feet’.                                                                  

- manipulate the language creatively and ambitiously.                                                                        

- develop grammatical knowledge to express themselves with developing accuracy and precision.                                                                                                                                       - manipulate verbs to be able to express themselves using a developing range of different tenses.

In order to develop their spontaneity in communication, students are required to develop a growing bank of topic Vocabulary and High Frequency Structures. Students are encouraged to develop their individual learning styles with the websites Textivate and Quizlet to support.

In addition, students also get the opportunity to widen their cultural knowledge of Francophone countries.

Year 7

Students have 2 hour-long French lessons per week.

Some of the key themes we cover in Year 7 are:

- Personal information                                                                                                                            

- Languages and Nationalities                                                                                                           

- Francophone countries                                                                                                                    

- Descriptions (physical and personality)                                                                                                    

- Animals                                                                                                                                           

 - Family                                                                                                                                                 

- High Frequency Structures (in different tenses)

Students also watch the French film ‘Un Monstre à Paris’.

At the end of Year 7 students will be assessed in a ‘clean environment’ to enable them to learn how to cope with the new style GCSE exam.

Year 8

Students have 2 hour-long French lessons per week.                                              

Some of the key themes we cover in Year 8 are:

- Free-time activities                                                                                                                            

- School                                                                                                                                               

- Clothes and Fashion                                                                                                                                          

- Technology, Gadgets and Social Networking Sites                                                                                                                    

- Famous French People                                                                                                     

- Present Tense (in all forms)                                                                                                          

- Future Tense

Students also watch the French film ‘Le Petit Nicholas’.

At the end of each topic, Year 8 students will be assessed in a ‘clean environment’ to enable them to learn how to cope with the new style GCSE exam.

Year 9

Students have 2 hour-long French lessons per week.                                               

Some of the key themes we cover in Year 9 are:

- Paris and its famous monuments                                                                                                                          

- Holidays                                                                                                                                                

- TV and Cinema                                                                                                                                           

- Food and Healthy Eating                                                                                                                    

- Sports and Extreme Sports                                                                                                     

- Past Tense (in all forms)                                                                                                         

- consolidation of the Future Tense                                                                                                      

- Complex Tenses

Students also watch two French films ‘Les Choristes’ and ‘Intouchable’ as part of the Cinema topic.

At the end of each topic, Year 9 students will be assessed in a ‘clean environment’ to enable them to learn how to cope with the new style GCSE exam.

Key Stage 4 

The course aims to enable students to;

  • Develop their ability and ambition to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy.
  • Express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently.
  • Deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary in order to increase their independent use and understanding of extended language in a wide range of contexts.
  • Acquire new skills and strategies of how to understand and respond to a rich range of authentic spoken and written material, including literary texts.
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where the language is spoken.
  • Develop language learning skills and strategies both for immediate use and to prepare them for further language study and use in school, higher education or in employment.

Course :

We currently follow the NEW  AQA GCSE course.

Please follow this link to see the NEW specification (examinations starting in 2018). 

This qualification is Linear, which means that you will sit all your exams at the end of the course at either FOUNDATION or HIGHER level.

LISTENING  - FINAL EXAM worth  25%  of final GCSE grade

SPEAKING  - FINAL EXAM worth  25%  of final GCSE grade

READING    - FINAL EXAM worth  25%  of final GCSE grade

WRITING     - FINAL EXAM worth  25%  of final GCSE grade


Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where French is spoken.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Examination Support 

Please look on AQA website