Modern Foreign Languages
French and Spanish
Meet the Staff
All members of staff are specialist linguists
Rachel Garland-Elliott –Joint Head of MFL - Teacher of French and Spanish
Joanna Price – Joint Head of MFL - Teacher of French and Spanish
Helen Green – Teacher of French
Faye Wadsworth – Teacher of French and Spanish
Across all years, the four skills of listening, speaking , reading and writing are developed as well as the ability to translate from and into the target language.
In year 7, students follow a brief introduction to both languages and there are able to choose one to study throughout years 7 and 8.
- French and Spanish
- CherZoo/Introduction to Joan Miro
- Introduction to the language
- Self, family and friends
- My day ( school, routine and hobbies)
- Where I live (house, home and local are)
- Introduction to poetry: Maurice Carême and Douglas Wright
- Free time and Hobbies
- Food and drink
- Travelling and holidays
- Introduction to film
- Identity and culture : Me my family and others
- Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Home town, neighbourhood and region
- Current and future study and employment: My studies
- Identity and culture: Hobbies and free time activities
- Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Travel and tourism
- Current and future study and employment: Education post-16
- Identity and culture: Festivals and celebrations
- Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Social Issues – healthy and unhealthy lifestyles
- Identity and culture: Technology in everyday life
- Identity and culture: Me, my family and friends
- Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Global issues – poverty/homelessness
- Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Global issues – the environment
- Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Social issues – charity and voluntary work
The year 11 course focuses on explicit examination techniques and oral skills.
Key grammar points are revisited to improve accuracy and the primary aim is to improve intonation and fluency.
We focus on preparing for the oral exams which also provides the opportunities to revisit all the topics for additional revision.
All assessments are designed to mirror what will be in the terminal exams. Students will complete a variety of reading and listening assessments testing their receptive skills. They will also have to write from memory and take part in a range of speaking activities testing their productive ability. Translation is also taught and students will learn how to translate accurately both from and into the target language.
We follow the AQA course for both languages
The GCSE French specification is a linear two-year course with no controlled assessment. The four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing have equal weighting (25% each) and the terminal exams start in April of year 11.
In addition the GCSE pod and GCSE bitesize are also useful resources.
Useful books or resources that will support students in their study of the course(s).
Year 7 & 8 - Key Stage 3
Year 9, 10 & 11 - Keys Stage 4