MFL -French

Departmental Aims

We aim to prepare students to become global citizens and compete for jobs in the international marketplace by inspiring a life-long love of languages and developing independent language learning skills through an emphasis on linguistic manipulation, grammar and authentic materials.

Programmes of Study

All pupils that study French will be studying the following four topics: Media and Culture; Travel and Tourism; Sport and Leisure; Business, Work and Employment.


Year 8 Content

  • My life:  getting used to French pronunciation.  Talking about your personality.  Talking about age, brothers and sisters.  Saying when your birthday is.  Talking about your pets.  Using numbers and the alphabet.
  • My school:  saying what subjects you study.  Giving opinions about school subjects. Describing your school.  Talking about break time.  Understanding details about schools.
  • Free time:  Saying what you like to do.  Saying what you do in your spare time.  Talking about the weather.  Saying what sports you do.
  • Town:  Asking about places in town.  Asking for directions.  Saying where you are and where you’re going.  Making arrangements to go out.  Ordering snacks and drinks.
  • My holidays : Describing future holidays. Saying what you normally do on holidays and what are you going to do on your next holidays. Giving opinions about what you are going to do.

Year 9 Content

  • Personal Information: Introducing yourself and greeting people.  Talking about social media and new technologies. Using Spanish in the classroom. Talking about TV and type of films, talking about what you did yesterday.
  • Fashion:  Talking about clothes.  Discussing school uniform.  Choosing and buying clothes.
  • Families:  talking about yourself and your family.  Talking about the jobs people do.  Saying where you live.  Describing the weather.
  • My house:  Describing where you live.  Giving directions.  Talking about your house.  Saying what you do in your house.  Describing your bedroom. Talking about your daily routine
  • Francophonie : Talking about French speaking countries. Talking about holidays in the past tense. Comparing English and French culture.


Key Stage 4

GCSE: Students will follow the new AQA specification at GCSE. This is assessed by four exams that will test each of the four skills. Listening, reading , writing and speaking.  Each exam comprises 25% of the total marks awarded.

Extra-curricular activities

  • The department offers a vast range of activities, including the following:
  • Foreign Language Plays;
  • Catch-up sessions and clubs.

How can parents supports their children

You don’t need to be a linguist to help your child achieve their potential.

  1. Encourage them to learn their vocabulary. – Research shows that you need 1,000 words to be able to communicate in a language. If your child learned 10 words every week during term time from year 8 to year 11, they would take their GCSE exam with a vocabulary of 1,800 words. They will regularly be given learning homework, which is every bit as important as the written tasks their teacher sets, and they need to develop good learning habits from year 8.
  1. Let them teach you. – One of the most effective ways to learn is by teaching someone else. Sit down with your child and let them show you what they have learned.
  1. Help them enjoy their favourite activities in a foreign language. – Encourage your child to find music in the language they are studying and listen to it or, even better, sing along. Check their favourite DVDs to see whether they have foreign language audio or subtitles and watch them in the foreign language which they are studying. Find clips on YouTube. Look at the websites for foreign football teams or film stars. Find game sites – both language games but also the games they already enjoy but with foreign language instructions.
  • See the potential in learning a language. – Half of British businesses want employees who speak French, (Source: CBI Language Trends survey 2013). Help your child to realise that they are not simply learning a few phrases to experiment with on holiday. They are preparing to become part of a global workforce and it is a myth that most people in the world speak English. In fact only an estimated 1 in 10 people in the world have any knowledge of English. (Source: United Nations) Language skills can help your child gain better jobs and will open up amazing opportunities.