Curriculum

MODERN LANGUAGES

The Modern Foreign Language programmes we offer develop pupils’ cultural awareness, teach them the fundamentals of communicating effectively in a foreign language, and equip them with the skills they need to progress to a global marketplace. They promote a healthy attitude of tolerance and understanding and help pupils to see beyond the microcosms of their own communities, providing an insight into the similarities and differences between contrasting cultures, along with the traditions that help to inform them.

Pupils will learn how to convey vital information about themselves, their families and their lives, and will also master essential phrases, such as how to ask for directions, order food, and organise social engagements. Pronunciation and grammar will be key components of the course, ensuring pupils are able to communicate through both spoken and written mediums.

Pupils will also learn a variety of valuable transferrable skills whilst undertaking a MFL, such as communication, problem-solving, creativity, ICT, literacy, numeracy and performance skills.

The academy currently offers French and Urdu at both KS3 and KS4, and Spanish at KS3 only.

French – Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • French alphabet
  • Greeting/introduction – Myself
  • My family, relations
  • My home, home life, hobbies
  • My classroom, subjects, uniforms
  • Linguistic competence – knowledge about language
  • Numbers 1-30
  • Date / Birthday
  • Classroom instructions
  • Classroom items
  • Colours
  • Food and drink
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Home life / daily routine
  • Hobbies
  • Celebrations
  • Literature
  • My region
  • Where I live
  • House description
  • Rooms in house
  • Prepositions
  • Negatives
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Self and others
  • Clothes, fashion, dress
  • Local environment
  • Schools
  • Customs and traditions
  • Literature
  • Home life and daily routine
  • Recorded speech
  • Travel and tourism
  • Intercultural understanding
  • Jobs
  • Literature
  • Dress/fashions
  • Careers and future plans
  • Social issues
  • Recorded speech
  • Preparation for exam at the end of Year 10
  • Pupils take their GCSE examinations at the end of Year 10, so there is no Year 11 syllabus.
Urdu – Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Urdu alphabet
  • Greeting/introduction – Myself
  • My family, relations
  • My Home, home life, hobbies
  • My classroom, subjects, uniforms
  • Linguistic competence – knowledge about language
  • Numbers 1-30
  • Date / Birthday
  • Classroom instructions
  • Classroom items
  • Colours
  • Food and drink
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Home life / daily routine
  • Hobbies
  • Celebrations
  • Literature
  • My region
  • Where I live
  • House description
  • Rooms in house
  • Prepositions
  • Negatives
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Self and others
  • Clothes, fashion, dress
  • Local environment
  • Schools
  • Customs traditions
  • Literature
  • Home life and daily routine
  • Preparing and presenting a speech
  • Travel and tourism
  • Intercultural understanding
  • Jobs
  • Literature
  • Dress/Fashions
  • Careers and future plans
  • Social issues
  • Preparation for exams at the end of Year 10
  • Pupils take their GCSE examinations at the end of Year 10, so there is no Year 11 syllabus
Spanish – Curriculum Overview

Pupils also have the opportunity to study Spanish at KS3, but this is not offered as a KS4 subject.

Year 7 Year 8
  • Spanish alphabet
  • Greeting/introduction – Myself
  • My family, relations
  • My Home, home life, hobbies
  • My classroom, subjects, uniforms
  • Linguistic competence knowledge about language
  • Numbers 1-30
  • Date / Birthday
  • Classroom instructions
  • Classroom items
  • Colours
  • Food and drink
  • Healthy life style
  • Home life / daily routine
  • Hobbies
  • Celebrations
  • Literature
  • My region
  • My region
  • Where I live
  • House description
  • Rooms in house
  • Prepositions
  • Negatives
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification (French): AQA GCSE French (8658)

KS4 Exam Board Specification (Urdu): AQA GCSE Urdu (8648)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers a range of enrichment clubs, leads overseas educational visits and runs regular competitions. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.