Curriculum

MODERN FOREIGN 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 Arabic and French at KS3 and KS4.

Curriculum Overview – Arabic
Year 7 Year 8
  • Alphabet colours
  • Days of the week
  • Animals
  • Food
  • Past tense
  • Present tense
  • Duals and plurals
  • Connectives
  • Comparatives
  • Negatives
  • Sports and school
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Translation tasks throughout the year
  • Present and future tense
  • Time and routines
  • Home and school
  • Film and cinema
  • Holidays
  • Accommodations
  • Health and fitness
  • Work
  • Sports
  • School rules and pressures
  • Negatives
  • Translation tasks throughout the year
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Media
  • Travel
  • Grammar
  • Culture
  • Sports
  • Leisure
  • All tenses
  • Work
  • Exchange visits
  • Arab culture
  • Volunteering
  • Translation tasks throughout the year
  • Media and technology
  • Arab culture
  • Environmental issues
  • Local area
  • Social media
  • Music events
  • Exceptions
  • Forming relationships
  • Festivals
  • Natural resources
  • Professions
  • Translation tasks throughout the year
  • N/A – GCSE exams are taken at the end of Year 10
Curriculum Overview – French
Year 7 Year 8
  • Greetings 
  • Classroom instructions 
  • Numbers & Alphabet 
  • Classroom instructions 
  • Family 
  • My town 
  • Rooms & furniture 
  • Time & Weather 
  • Daily routine 
  • Grammar School 
  • Food 
  • Hobbies 
  • Translation tasks throughout the year
  • Me, my family & friends 
  • Relationships with family & friends
  • Home & town
  • Neighbourhood & regions
  • My studies 
  • Free time activities 
  • Customs & festivals in French-speaking counties 
  • Translation tasks throughout the year
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Life at school/college 
  • Travel & tourism 
  • Education Post-16 
  • Social issues 
  • Healthy/unhealthy living 
  • Marriage /partnership 
  • Technology in everyday life 
  • Social media 
  • Grammar & translation
  • Spontaneity in writing & speech 
  • Translation tasks throughout the year
  • Global issues 
  • The environment 
  • Social issues 
  • Charity/Voluntary work 
  • Career choices & ambitions 
  • Technology in everyday life 
  • Social media 
  • Mobile technology 
  • Poverty and homelessness 
  • Revisions and speaking preparations
  • Translation tasks throughout the year
  • N/A – GCSE exams are taken at the end of Year 10
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification (Arabic): EdExcel GCSE Arabic (1AA0)
KS4 Exam Board Specification (French): AQA GCSE French (8658)

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.