Faculty of MFL


Miss S Cheung

Mr  Chambers

Miss X Gao

Ms Aoife O’Connor

– Head of Faculty

– Teacher of French and Spanish

– Teacher of Chinese and French

– Teacher of French & Spanish



Learning foreign languages is increasingly important in a global economy and also has great value in terms of cultural and linguistic richness in our society, personal fulfilment and global citizenship and understanding. Through the study of a foreign language pupils understand and appreciate different countries, cultures, peoples and communities - and as they do, begin to think of themselves as citizens of the World as well as citizens of the United Kingdom.


The department aims to provide engaging and challenging experiences with high expectations of achievement that will:

  • foster an enjoyment of language learning
  • develop the ability to understand and use the foreign language effectively in study, work and leisure
  • promote understanding and appreciation of other cultures and lifestyles in other countries
  • encourage pride in linguistic achievement


KS3 Curriculum 2017-2018

Year 7

The year group is split into two bands. One band will study French/ Chinese and the other band will study Spanish/Chinese. All pupils follow the KS3 National Curriculum.

In year 7 teaching focusses on pupils' competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary enabling them to understand and communicate personal and factual information.

Y7 French Pupil SoW Exercise Book Insert 2016

Yr 7 French Vocabulary Tests

Year 8

In year 8 pupils continue to study the Language they studied in Year 7, developing further their competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing which will enable them to understand and communicate personal and factual information beyond their immediate needs and interests.

Y8 French Pupil SoW Exercise Book Insert 2016

Yr 8 French Vocabulary Tests


KS4 Curriculum 2017-2018

Year 9, 10 & 11

In Year 9 pupils opt to take a modern foreign language, choosing from French, Spanish, Italian or Chinese. Pupils are also encouraged to sit examinations in their first language whenever possible. Over the last few years examination results have also been achieved at the highest levels in Urdu, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Dutch, Farsi and Polish.

All pupils follow the GCSE AQA Course.

Y9 French Pupil SoW Exercise Book Insert 2016

The main content areas studied are:

Themes and topics

Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of
relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into three themes, each
broken down into topics and sub-topics.

The three themes are:

  • Identity and Culture
  • The UK and the World – areas of interest
  • Current and Future Studies and Employment



The GCSE (9-1) in French consists of four externally examined papers based on the following skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will complete their speaking assessment in May and all other assessments in May/June at the end of Year 11. GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series. 


Paper 1: Listening and understanding

Paper 2: Speaking

Paper 3:

Reading and understanding

Paper 4: Writing

Percentage of total GCSE





Assessment Type

Written exam

Internally conducted and externally assessed

Written exam

Written exam

Foundation Tier

35 minutes including 5 minutes’ reading time

7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time

45 minutes

1 hour

Higher Tier

45 minutes including 5 minutes’ reading time

10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time

1 hour

1 hour 15 minutes

Brief Description

Listening comprehension tasks with non-verbal and written responses


This unit requires learners to communicate orally in French by participating in a role play, a photo card discussion and a conversation. Assessment of this unit will also take account of knowledge of, and accurate application of, grammar and structures. The three broad themes will be covered across all of the tasks.


This unit requires learners to respond to a range of questions in English and also in French.

This unit requires learners to be able to communicate effectively for a variety of responses.
































GCSE French Further details