MFL Department Vision
The MFL curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils explore the different cultures of target language countries and are able to compare and contrast the languages and cultures of these other communities to our own.

Pupils should develop their communication skills through understanding language: listening and reading, and developing techniques of how to do this independently. Also, pupils should produce language: speaking and writing with spontaneity, accepting mistakes always happen but communication can still occur, and providing a range of opinions and tenses with the knowledge of topic-specific vocabulary.

Language learning skills also help to build pupils’ resilience and promotes their independence skills, particularly through strategies of research. A core component of languages is oracy and communication. The perceived difficulties around learning foreign languages also will assist pupils’ ability to rise to challenges.

In Year 7, all pupils study both French and Spanish in order to get a taste of the two languages. They are assessed in the four skills tested at GCSE in order to prepare themselves for success. In Year 8, pupils either continue with both languages or begin to specialise in one language for the rest of their years with us. The topics studied are:

Modern Languages

There is a strong focus on culture and intercultural understanding, with projects and computer-based work to improve how we understand the world around us. We also provide opportunities to communicate with foreign speakers, through letters and emails.  Currently, several trips abroad are being run, with MFL trips last year running to Boulogne, the World War I battlefields and Paris; to Normandy; and to Andalucía on the south coast of Spain.

After school, six times per year, we run our French and Spanish Culture Club, looking at festivals and customs around the French and Spanish-speaking worlds and compare them to our own here in the United Kingdom. Please click on this link to access the 2020 calendar.

For GCSE, the course we follow is AQA GCSE. It is a mixture of the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing which are all assessed at the end of Year 11. Pupils build on the progress they have made with a mixture of new and familiar topics, which are now approached in a wider variety of ways with the aim of becoming real linguists and securing an excellent EBACC qualification on a CV.

Here are all the units studied at GCSE. Please click on a link to access the key language needed for each unit. You can use these lists to help your child to learn and practise at home.

For further information, please ask for: Mr M Coleman (Head of department), Miss E Farrimond (Assistant head of department),
Miss L Penny, Miss R Hindley.

Exam links:

GCSE French

GCSE Spanish



Year 7         Unit 1

Welcome to school

Family and descriptions

Unit 2

Where I live

My free time

Unit 3


My home and city

Year 8         Unit 4

The world of work

School and work

Unit 5

Fashion, trends & new technology

All about my life

Unit 6

Hobbies & sport


French web links

Spanish web links

1. Me, my family and friends

French Unit 1 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 1 Key Vocab

2. Technology in everyday life

French Unit 2 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 2 Key Vocab

3. Free-time activities

French Unit 3 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 3 Key Vocab

4. Customs and festivals

French Unit 4 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 4 Key Vocab

5. Home and where I live

French Unit 5 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 5 Key Vocab

6. Social issues

French Unit 6 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 6 Key Vocab

7. Global issues

French Unit 7 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 7 Key Vocab

8. Travel and tourism

French Unit 8 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 8 Key Vocab

9. My studies

French Unit 9 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 9 Key Vocab

10. Life at school and college

French Unit 10 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 10 Key Vocab

11. Education post-16

French Unit 11 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 11 Key Vocab

12. Jobs, career choices and ambitions

French Unit 12 Key Vocab

Spanish Unit 12 Key Vocab