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Mrs Sibley (Subject Development Leader for MFL), Ms Kitchingham, Mrs Miller, Mr McCallum, Mr Green

Key Stage 3

The aim of our Key Stage 3 Modern Foreign Languages curriculum is to establish a strong foundation for language learning. Each student studies French and German in years 7 & 8 with 3 lessons of each language per fortnight. At the end of year 8 pupils are given the choice of continuing with either French or German. In year 9 each student has 2 lessons per week of their chosen language. Equal emphasis is given to developing the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are introduced to the present, past and future tenses through a variety of contexts and are well prepared for the GCSE course.


Key Stage 3 schemes of work are carefully planned for progression in order to advance grammatical understanding and allow students to develop their confidence in their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. There is also an emphasis on phonics to improve pronunciation skills as well as an awareness of the culture and customs of both French and German speaking countries. All year 7 students complete a Languages Passport focussing on cultural aspects such as music, art and food.


In French the main contexts studied are:


Year 7 – Family and Descriptions, House and Home, Sports, Free-time

               and School

Year 8 - Countries and Weather, Clothes and Shopping, Food and


Year 9 – TV and Cinema, Future Plans, Healthy Living, GCSE Preparation


Each scheme of work is reviewed frequently and lessons are planned to include a wide variety of activities incorporating the four skill areas. ICT is used regularly in lessons to enhance learning and pupil motivation.


Assessment at Key Stage Three

Students have assessments are the end of each module in a range of the skill areas. There is also regular formative assessment throughout each unit. Vocabulary learning is an essential part of language acquisition and pupils have two vocabulary and translation challenges per context. The challenges are based on class learning and all vocabulary and key structures are reinforced through learning games on www.quizlet.com.

Key Stage 4

Each student will study the AQA GCSE course in French. It has a Foundation tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4-9). There are four components to the exam (listening, speaking, reading and writing) which are each worth 25% of the final grade. Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. There is no longer any coursework and all skills are assessed in terminal examinations.


GCSE Specification AQA Themes:

These themes apply to all four question papers and build upon the learning of Key Stage 3. 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


Topic 2:          Technology in everyday life

                        Social media

                        Mobile technology

Topic 3:          Free-time activities


                        Cinema and TV

                        Food and eating out


Topic 4:          Customs in French speaking countries.


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


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


 Assessment and Intervention at Key Stage 4 


In Year 10, students will have regular formative assessments allowing teachers to track progress and identify gaps in skills or knowledge. Students will also have summative assessments in different skill areas at the end of each unit of learning. These are based on the course books AQA Studio. In addition, regular vocabulary testing is an integral part of language learning and students are given a pass mark to achieve which is linked to their target grade. For those students with the most significant progress gaps, further support is available to enable them to improve their learning. There is also a mock examination at the end of year 10.


In Year 11, students will sit additional mock exams enabling us to gain accurate data on student progress. These will take place in November and in February/March allowing students to have additional practice of the requirements of the GCSE exam in formal conditions.


Students with progress gaps will be offered additional support.

Useful websites and resources

AQA French









Gojimo (app)

Youtube for video clips in French/German

Films in French/German

Collins dictionary for French/German

GCSE AQA French for the Grade 9-1 Exams Complete Revision and Practice CGP (ISBN – 978 78294 539D)

GCSE French 9-1 The Vocab Book CGP (ISBN 978 1 78294 861 2)


Possible areas of future Studies

A Level French 


Possible future careers

Interpreter, foreign civil servant, sommelier, import and export, chef, airline services, editing and publishing, teacher, translator, journalist, engineering, transport and logistics, public relations, technical sales, international business, international banking, insurance