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HAR Romana Hayman Head of Department for MFL
ANS Sonia Cerillo Teacher of Spanish


  • 2 specialist MFL classrooms well equipped with smartboards
  • Mini whiteboards and verb booklets for KS4.
  • A range of work books for staff, active teach interactive resources including video episodes and extracts with both Viva and Studio KS3-KS4



Years 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3)



The Faculty Schemes of Learning (SOL) are reflective of the aims and ethos of the new national curriculum and follow Ofqual recommendations regarding skills needed in KS3 French and Spanish. As there are no longer any national curriculum levels, we have developed our own learning ladder which is used to assess pupil progress for Modern Foreign Languages, alongside the school  effort grades

The topics covered vary between Spanish and French, but by the end of Key Stage 3 the aim is to have covered, to some extent, the vast majority of the topic areas which are in the GCSE course. Students will also have been taught the key grammatical concepts so that they are able to make a good start to GCSE and are able to fulfil their potential by building on their knowledge from Key Stage 3. The topics studied in KS3 have been designed to address the four main components of French and Spanish: listening, speaking, reading and writing. General language skills, including grammar, cultural awareness and translation are also developed and assessed in the new assessments.  Students are assessed after each topic and assessments include translation, vocabulary, listening and reading after each module, followed by either a speaking or writing after each term. 

Units covered in Year 7 include: greetings, personal information (name, age, birthday, where they live), school subjects, nationality, present tense, likes and dislikes, snacks, times, family, physical description, opinions, basic linking words, house and rooms.

Units covered in Year 8 include: personality, physical description, comparisons, sports, music, daily routine, present tense, food and drink, future tense, clothes and future plans.

Homework is particularly important if what has been practised in class is to be remembered over a longer period of time. A vocabulary learning homework is set every lesson alongside a written task each week.

Year 7 – 2 hours of French per week and 1.6 lesson of Spanish


Year 8 – 1 hour of French and 1.6 hour of Spanish per week

Year 9,  10 and 11 (KS4)



The new SOL follows Ofqual recommendations of skills needed in KS4 French and Spanish. All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will follow the AQA GCSE French (8658) and AQA Spanish (8698).

Students will be studying 4 units of work each with assessments in reading, speaking, writing, translation and listening. The topics covered are social media, health and fitness, careers and holidays. Students work to develop their competence in the 4 key language areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening with an equal amount of time devoted to each of these skills in lessons. The department has also launched a greater focus on mastery of grammar which has been very successful in ensuring that students are able to work more independently. Learning of grammar and tenses to enhance and embed vocabulary learnt in key stage 3 will form a major part of the curriculum in Year 9.

Students are expected to complete one main homework (usually a reading or writing task) per week as well as revising for a weekly vocabulary assessment based on the topics studied over the course of the year.

Students will be studying 3 themes over the course of their GCSE years. Theme 1- identity and culture, Theme 2- local, national, international and global areas of interest and finally Theme 3- current and future study and employment. Each theme will be covered in year 9 to 11 at least once annually in the syllabus

3 hours per week




We believe that learning should also happen outside the classroom. For that reason, the Faculty annually organises academic and cultural events abroad. Recent trips underway are to Paris and Spain. In addition, students are immersed in the culture of the language learnt whilst in school through events such as the European Day of Languages.

The MFL Department also provides Revision/Homework club after school.

Students who experience problems with their homework are encouraged to go and work with their teacher after-school.