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The MFL Faculty

The Modern Foreign languages Faculty

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Staff Team
Mrs M Davies –  DTL in MFL Teacher of Spanish to KS5, French KS3 and German

Ms S Franklin – Teacher of Languages


The following textbooks are used at KS3:-

  • French: Expo, Tricolore and Allez

  • Spanish: Mira 1, Mira 2 and 3

Modern Foreign Languages GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

Year 7

September 2015 saw a change in our provision for Year 7 as all pupils began studying one language  instead of two. The rationale behind this was to give all pupils a firmer grounding in one language which would increase enjoyment and heighten their sense of achievement. It is also hoped that this change will yield much better results by the end of Key Stage 3 and, should the pupil continue with the language, at Key Stage 4.

Since September 2015, all pupils in Year 7 have had five lessons in either French or Spanish over the two week timetable.

Year 8

Pupils in Year 8 continue with the language they studied in Year 7.

They have five lessons over the two week timetable.

Pupils in Year 9 continue to study the language they studied throughout Years 7 and 8.

They have five lessons over the two week timetable.

Key Stage 3 Assessment
Assessment 1
All four skills
To be completed before half-term 1
Assessment 2
All four skills
To be completed before Christmas holidays
Assessment 3
All four skills
To be completed before half-term 2
Assessment 4
All four skills
To be completed before Easter Holidays
Assessment 5
All four skills
To be completed before half-term 3
End of year tests
All four skills
To be completed by July (Summer 2)
The timetable ensures that 8 formal assessments take place per term.
Assessment will beb ased on the most recent module covered, in line with the Scheme of Work.
Each skill area will be assessed over the course of the year under test conditions. However, private study and classroom-based activities also, of course, allow for assessment opportunities.
Results will be collated and compared to each pupil’s target grade for the end of the year and Key Stage.
At the end of Year 9, pupils who have chosen to study a language at GCSE will start the revision work for the new course.

Pupils can opt to continue their study in either French or Spanish in Key Stage 4.

Pupils have five language lessons over the two weeks timetable.

The courses studied and taught at GCSE are AQA French and Spanish. Some pupils choose to sit exams in their home language at this stage also.

The department uses the Nelson Thornes AQA GCSE textbooks which are supplemented by Kerboodle online resources.

 Modern Foreign Languages GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

Content Overview
  • Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences
Relationships and choices
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Future plans regarding marriage/partnership
  • Social issues and equality
Free time and the media
  • Free time activities
  • Shopping, money, fashion and trends
  • Advantages and disadvantages of new technology
  • Plans, preferences, experiences
  • What to see and getting around
Home and Environment
Home and Local Area
  • Special occasions celebrated in the home
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like
  • Current problems facing the planet
  • Being environmentally friendly within the home and the local area
Work and Education
School/College and future plans
  • What school/college is like
  • Pressures and problems
Current and future jobs
  • Looking for and getting a job
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs

Assessment Overview

Unit 1 (Listening)
Foundation Tier: 30 mins + 5 mins reading time
Higher Tier: 40 mins + 5 mins reading time
Unit 2 (Speaking)
Controlled Assessment (internally assessed)
Two tasks submitted for moderation
Unit 3 (Reading)
Foundation Tier: 30 minutes
Higher Tier: 50 minutes
Unit 4 (Writing)
Controlled Assessment (externally assessed)
Two tasks submitted for marking

Pupils may be entered for either the Foundation or Higher Tier in the Listening and Reading examinations but not both.

Controlled Assessments

Year 10

Writing Assessment
Speaking Assessment
End of Spring 1
End of Summer 2
End of Spring 1
End of Summer 2

Year 11

Writing Assessment
Speaking Assessment
End of Autumn 1
End of Spring 2
End of Autumn 1
End of Spring 2



Additional GCSE Support 
Support Clubs 
Clinique Francaise (Fridays after school)
Fridays after school
  1. Spanish reading Intervention
  2. Gramar Club
Wednesday and Thursday 3.30-4.15
Thurday 7-45-8.30
Revision Guides 
Revision guides will be available for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils to purchase on demand.
All GCSE students have a personal login to Kerboodle and so teachers can set private study tasks using this resource.
Vocabulary Books 
These are available at the cost of £1. It is highly recommended that all GCSE pupils purchase a vocabulary book.
French role play

French role play



Extra-Curricular activities for 2013/15

  • Since winter 2012 we have been running a lunchtime German club and from September 2013 extra Spanish for some Year 8 pupils to allow them to study two languages.
  • In October 2013 we had a visit from a Flamenco teacher who worked with all students studying Spanish in the school.
  • In spring 2013 and 2014 we hosted visits from the Onatti theatre group who use native speakers of the language to perform plays in French and Spanish to pupils in KS3 and KS4.
  • In May 2014 Year 7 pupils visited Boulogne for the day. Pupils are encouraged to use the French language for practical communication and to get a feel a visit to a foreign country – this was our 18th year in a row.
  • In January and July 2014 some of our Year 9 and year 12 gifted linguists attended conferences for the” Languages and Beyond” project at Cambridge University
  • In January 2014 and March 2014 Y10/11 Spanish and French pupils attended GCSE conferences in London to help prepare for exams.
  • Easter 2015 30 students of KS3 and KS4 explored Barcelona in our joined Trip with the Art Department. 
  • Year 7 will have the chance to explore and enjoy Paris in May 2015 and use their speaking skills for basic communication.

Each year, bi-lingual pupils are given the opportunity to take GCSE in other languages. Recently pupils have taken GCSE in Italian, Mandarin, Persian, Polish Urdu and Punjabi achieving 100% GCSE results A*-C.


 Gifted and Talented

Through our programme of language enhancement activities detailed above we aim to give our more able students opportunities to develop their linguistic competence. For the past two years gifted pupils in MFL have taken took part in the Linguatrivia challenge organised by the Linguascope website. We also encourage pupils to use a variety of websites and to subscribe to language learning magazines in order to develop independent learning skills. In recent years KS3/4 linguists have worked with our feeder primary Wilbury School on projects about Christmas, cafés and visits to France.


 In The Classroom Year 8
World Film Club



Which languages will my child study?
Are there any trips and visits organised?
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