Curriculum

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

The Modern Foreign Language programmes we offer develop pupils’ cultural awareness, teach them the fundamentals of communicating effectively in a foreign language, and equip them with the skills they need to progress to a global marketplace. They promote a healthy attitude of tolerance and understanding and help pupils to see beyond the microcosms of their own communities, providing an insight into the similarities and differences between contrasting cultures, along with the traditions that help to inform them.

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.

The academy currently offers French at KS3 and KS4, and pupils also have the option of taking German at KS4.

French at KS3
Year 7 Year 8
  • Introduce yourself
  • Say where you live, what languages you speak and your nationality
  • Learn numbers and the months of the year
  • Describe your appearance and that of another
  • Name and describe your favourite object
  • Name some French-speaking parts of the world
  • Grammar, language strategies and pronunciation
  • Describe personality
  • Describe your family
  • Opinions of school subjects
  • Talk about your friends and how long you have known them
  • Talk in detail about your family and home
  • Analyse differences in your personality (past / present)
  • Talk about school and where you live
  • Talk about different places to live
  • Talk about leisure activities and personal possessions
  • Talk about animals and colours
  • Describe wild animals
  • Recognise farm animals and sounds
  • Describe favourite animals
  • Describe what you eat and drink at different mealtimes
  • Give opinions of food and drink
  • Revise present tense and opinions
  • Explain what you can and cannot eat
  • Order food in a restaurant or café
  • Describe where you like to eat out
  • Use quantities
  • Translate and invent recipes
  • Revise numbers 1-30
  • Introduce numbers 31 and above
  • Describe where you live and where you are going to live
  • Describe your daily routine
  • Describe what you did yesterday
  • Describe what you do to help others
  • Describe what you will do to help others
  • Describe different places in the town
  • Explain what you can do in different places
  • Arrange to go out
  • Arrange places to meet
  • Identify and describe location on a map
  • Describe the clothes you like to wear
  • Describe the style
  • Describe when you would wear different outfits
  • Describe the weather
  • When and how often you do different activities
  • Describe music preferences
  • Tell the time
Assessment

Formal Assessment takes place at the end of each Half-Term.

French at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Talk about sports you like and do
  • Talk about winter and summer sports
  • Talk about leisure activities and active holidays
  • Name parts of the body and talk about sports injuries
  • Talk about sports personalities and international events
  • Grammar, language strategies and pronunciation
  • Talk about usual holidays and preferred holidays
  • Talk about items you take on holiday
  • Talk about dream holidays
  • Describe past holidays and past activities
  • Talk about festivals
  • School subjects and opinions.
  • Telling the time and timetable
  • Uniform and school rules
  • Daily routine
  • Comparison with French schools.
  • Primary school
  • Future A Levels
  • Future jobs
  • Parents’ jobs
  • Part-time jobs
  • Pocket money and chores
  • Work experience
  • Myself (likes and dislikes, description)
  • Weekend and hobbies
  • Friends (likes and dislikes, description)
  • Plans and ambitions
  • Relationships
  • Marriage
  • School subjects and opinions
  • Telling the time and timetable
  • Uniform and school rules
  • Daily routine
  • Comparison with French Schools
  • Primary school
  • Future A Levels
  • Future jobs
  • Parents’ jobs
  • Part-time jobs
  • Pocket money and shopping
  • Work experience
  • Self-description
  • Opinions and activities
  • Free time activities in all tenses
  • Getting on with parents, siblings and friends
  • Last weekend
  • Next weekend
  • Food and drink
  • Body parts
  • Illness and injury
  • Keeping fit
  • Addictions
  • Family problems
  • Aids
  • Environment
  • Immigration
  • Integration
Assessment

Examination Board: AQA

Paper 1: Listening
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier))
  • 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE
  • Section A: students understanding of spoken language will be tested by a range of question types in English, requiring non-verbal responses or responses in English.
  • Section B: students comprehension will be tested by a range of question types in French, requiring non-verbal responses or responses in French.
Paper 2: Speaking
Overview Focus
  • Non-exam assessment
  • 7-9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
  • 10-12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE
  • Role-play
  • Photo card
  • General conversation
Paper 3: Reading
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier))
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE
  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally
  • Section C – translation from French into English
Paper 4: Writing
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier))
  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
  • 25% of GCSE
Foundation Tier

  • Question 1 – message – four sentences in response to a photo
  • Question 2 – short passage
  • Question 3 – translation from English into French
  • Question 4 – structured writing task.

Higher Tier

  • Question 1 – structured writing task
  • Question 2 – open-ended writing task
  • Question 3 – translation from English into French
German at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Talk about sports you like and do
  • Talk about winter and summer sports
  • Talk about leisure activities and active holidays
  • Name parts of the body and talk about sports injuries
  • Talk about sports personalities and international events
  • Grammar, language strategies and pronunciation
  • Talk about usual holidays and preferred holidays
  • Talk about items you take on holiday
  • Talk about dream holidays
  • Describe past holidays and past activities
  • Talk about festivals
  • School subjects and opinions
  • Telling the time and timetable
  • Uniform and school rules
  • Daily routine
  • Comparison with German schools
  • Primary school
  • Future A Levels
  • Future jobs
  • Parents’ jobs
  • Part-time jobs
  • Pocket money and chores
  • Work experience
  • Myself (likes and dislikes, description)
  • Weekend and hobbies
  • Friends (likes and dislikes, description)
  • Plans and ambitions
  • Relationships
  • Marriage
  • Food and drink
  • Eating habits
  • Sport and free time activities
  • Parts of the body and saying you are ill
  • Smoking drugs and alcohol
  • Addiction
  • Pressures on young people and their families
  • Racism
  • School subjects and opinions
  • Telling the time and timetable
  • Uniform and school rules
  • Daily routine
  • Comparison with French Schools
  • Primary school
  • Future A Levels
  • Future jobs
  • Parents’ jobs
  • Part-time jobs
  • Pocket money
  • Work experience
  • World problems
  • Local problems
Assessment

Examination Board: AQA

Paper 1: Listening
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier))
  • 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE
  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in German, to be answered in German or non-verbally
Paper 2: Speaking
Overview Focus
  • Non-exam assessment
  • 7-9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
  • 10-12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE
  • Role-play
  • Photo card
  • General conversation
Paper 3: Reading
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier))
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE
  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in German, to be answered in German or non-verbally
  • Section C – translation from German into English
Paper 4: Writing
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier))
  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
  • 25% of GCSE
Foundation Tier

  • Question 1 – message – four sentences in response to a photo
  • Question 2 – short passage
  • Question 3 – translation from English into German
  • Question 4 – structured writing task

Higher Tier

  • Question 1 – structured writing task
  • Question 2 – open-ended writing task
  • Question 3 – translation from English into German
Enrichment Offer

The Department offers a range of enrichment clubs, leads overseas educational visits and runs regular competitions such as our French Poetry Competition. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.

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