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
  • Greetings
  • Numbers
  • Time, days of week, months of year
  • Introducing yourself and family
  • Where I live and who I live with
  • Jobs and Family occupations
  • Describing places and directions
  • Countries of the world
  • Weather
  • Holidays
  • At school/university
  • Present, past and future tense
  • Grammar
  • Family and home
  • Describing people and characteristics
  • Holidays: preferences, likes, dislikes, past experiences
  • School: lessons at school and school rules
  • Forming relationships with class mates and teachers
  • Bringing the world together: sports events and the Olympics
  • Talking about your friends
  • Talking about role models
  • Talking about your hobbies and interests
  • Travel and accommodation
  • Present, past and future tense
  • Grammar
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Greetings.
  • Introductions: self and members of your family.
  • Countries/Nationalities
  • Going shopping
  • Customer service
  • Food and Drink
  • News: current affairs.
  • Future plans, education and work
  • The environment.
  • House and Home.
  • Work and routine.
  • Housework.
  • Travel and tourism.
  • The arab world
  • Sport and Leisure.
  • Free time
  • Idaafa constructions, genitive with idaafa, definite & indefinite, case endings: nominative and genitive, formation of nisba adjectives.
  • Sun and moon letters.
  • Present, past and future tense
  • Grammar
  • 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
  • Describing yourself, family and others
  • Dates in French and birthdays
  • Numbers, colours and time
  • School subjects and school day
  • Places where you live
  • Weather and seasons
  • Sports
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Animals
  • Inviting someone out
  • Ordering food and drink in a restaurant
  • Present, past and future tense
  • Grammar
  • Talk about television programmes, films, books and internet
  • Travel and tourism
  • Transport
  • Types of personality
  • Talking about music
  • Talking about clothes
  • Describing where you live
  • Describing your home
  • Food and drink
  • Talking about going to an event
  • Talking about talent and ambition
  • Encouraging persuading someone
  • World geography and French speaking countries
  • How to plant a garden
  • Present, past and future tense
  • Grammar
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Talking about friends and what makes a good friend
  • Talking about family relationships
  • Discussing role models
  • Talking about actors and films
  • Describing your daily life
  • Talking about food for special occasion
  • Describing family celebrations
  • Describing festivals & traditions
  • Talking about your town, village and district
  • Discussing community projects
  • Talking about an ideal holiday, booking and reviewing hotels
  • Talking about your school
  • Comparing school in the UK and French-speak countries
  • Talking about a school exchange
  • Present, past and future tense
  • Grammar
  • 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.