Modern Foreign Languages Department

Art Department

MFL staff: : Miss H Pharoah, Mrs M Philbin and Mr T Bhatti

We believe languages make a unique contribution to students’ education and aim to develop students’ independent thinking skills by preparing challenging, stimulating lessons which make a contribution to their academic development. We also seek to enthuse our students by bringing languages to life in the classroom and demonstrating to students the real contexts in which their languages can be and are used and by giving them the confidence to use them creatively.

The MFL department currently offers the opportunity to study French and Spanish in KS3 and KS4. In year 7 French is the language studied. In years 8 and 9 both languages are studied and students may then choose to study a language for GCSE.

In KS5 we currently offer three foreign languages, French, Spanish and German, which are studied to A level.

We have two classrooms and each is equipped with a data projector, enabling us to make use of our interactive resources and allowing students to have access to media (videos, music and websites) from the target language countries. Students have frequent opportunities to develop their spoken and written language skills and are encouraged to reflect on their own progress. We regularly listen to and read in the foreign language, using a variety of different sources and styles of text.

Many useful resources can be found on the p:drive, such as vocabulary booklets, homework booklets, grammar explanations, GCSE preparation materials and suggestions for useful websites.

We seek to produce confident linguists who can enjoy the benefits of being able to communicate in other languages and who are open to other cultures and ways of life.

FAQ about MFL at Key Stage 3

FAQ about MFL at Key Stage 4

MFL Key Stage 3

Year 7

French is the main language studied.  The curriculum is based on the new KS3 framework and builds on students’ experiences of languages at primary school. The scheme of work for French is based on Studio 1, 2 and 3 published by Heinemann.

  • Term 1: Basics – numbers, colours, classroom language.
  • Term 2: Talking about you, other people, superheroes and French comic books.
  • Term 3: Talking about your school.
  • Term 4: Talking about where you live, preparing for Boulogne trip.
  • Term 5: Talking about your hobbies.
  • Term 6: Charlie et la Chocolaterie - French literature project

MFL Key Stage 3

Year 8

In Years 8 and 9 students study both French and Spanish and students may then choose to study a language for GCSE.


The scheme of work for French is based on Studio 2, published by Heinemann

  • Term 1: Talking about the media and what you do in your free time
  • Term 2: Talking about a trip to Paris using the past tense
  • Term 3: Talking about you and what you like to do / wear
  • Term 4: Talking about French-speaking countries - cross-curricular geography project
  • Term 5: Talking about where you live – intercultural project focusing on life before and after the Haiti earthquake
  • Term 6: Talking about talent shows and what your talents are


The scheme of work for Spanish is loosely based on Mira Express 1 and 2, published by Heinemann.

  • Term 1: Discovering Spain
  • Term 2: Talking about your family
  • Term 3: Talking about school subjects
  • Term 4: Talking about your school
  • Term 5: Talking about free time.
  • Term 6: Talking about music and Spanish rap

MFL Key Stage 3

Year 9

In Years 8 and 9 students study both French and Spanish and students may then choose to study a language for GCSE.


The scheme of work for French is based on Studio 3, published by Heinemann.

  • Term 1: Talking about social life
  • Term 2: Talking about healthy lifestyles
  • Term 3: Talking about jobs and future plans
  • Term 4: Talking about holidays
  • Term 5: Talking about life during the Occupation in France in WWII – cross-curricular history project
  • Term 6: Talking about human rights and responsibilities


The scheme of work for Spanish is loosely based on Mira Express 2, published by Heinemann.

  • Term 1: Talking about water
  • Term 2: Talking about holidays
  • Term 3: Talking about the media
  • Term 4: Talking about food in the Spanish-speaking world
  • Term 5: Talking about war and peace in El Salvador – intercultural understanding “Voces Inocentes” film
  • Term 6: Talking about Cuba – cross-curricular history and geography project.


MFL Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11

Exam Board:   AQA

Specification: French 4655; Spanish 4695

In years 10 and 11 students currently have the chance to study for GCSE French or Spanish. These exam courses are accessible to students of all levels of ability and which contain engaging topics. They aim to develop language skills in a variety of contexts and to build on KS3 study. There are two controlled speaking assessments and two controlled writing assessments during the course, with listening and reading exams in the summer of year 11. The course is based on the Heinemann AQA French and Spanish textbooks.

  • Year 10 Unit 1: Lifestyle and health.
  • Year 10 Unit 2: Lifestyle, relationships and choices.
  • Year 10 Unit 3: Leisure, free-time and media.
  • Year 10 Unit 4: Leisure, holidays.
  • Year 10 Unit 5: Home and local area.
  • Year 11 Unit 1: Home and environment.
  • Year 11 Unit 2: Work and education, school and future plans.
  • Year 11 Unit 3: Work and education, current and future jobs.

MFL Key Stage 5

Sixth Form

Exam Board:  AQA

Specification: French 2650; German 2660;  Spanish 2695

In the Sixth Form students follow the AQA French, German or Spanish Advanced Level course. This course is shared with our partner schools in the Abingdon 14:19 Partnership.

The course aims to enable students to develop and build on the skills acquired at GCSE, to enhance employment prospects, to facilitate foreign travel, to provide an insight into another culture and society and to provide students with a sound basis for further study. It is based on course books published by Heinemann.

At AS Level students study four modules: Media, Popular culture, Healthy living and Family and relationships. These modules are examined in two units:

  • Unit 1 = Listening, reading, writing (2 hours)
  • Unit 2 = Speaking (35 minutes, including 20 minutes preparation)

At A2 Level students study four modules: Environment, Multicultural society, Contemporary social issues and a Cultural topic. These modules are examined in two units:

  • Unit 3 = Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours 30 minutes)
  • Unit 4 = Speaking (35 minutes including 20 minutes preparation)

Students are expected to undertake independent study and research and to record on a study card what they have done.

Examples of independent study tasks are: reading magazine or newspaper articles, reading novels or extracts, researching cultural information speaking country using reference books or the internet or watching videos, listening to music.