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 and drink
  • Past tense
  • Present tense
  • Duals and plurals
  • Connectives
  • Comparatives
  • Negatives
  • Sports
  • School
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Translation skills
  • Present tense
  • Future tense
  • Time and routines
  • Home
  • School
  • Film and cinema
  • Holidays
  • Accommodation
  • Health and fitness
  • Work
  • Sports
  • School rules and pressures
  • Negatives
  • Translation skills
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Media
  • Travel
  • Grammar skills
  • Culture
  • Sports
  • Leisure
  • All verb tenses
  • Work
  • Arab culture
  • Volunteering
  • Translation skills
  • Media and technology
  • Arab culture
  • Environmental issues
  • Local area
  • Social media
  • Music events
  • Exceptions
  • Forming relationships
  • Festivals
  • Natural resources
  • Professions
  • Speaking preparation: role plays, photo-card task, general conversation
  • Translation tasks
  • Media and technology
  • Arab culture
  • Environmental issues
  • Local area
  • Social media
  • Music events
  • Exceptions
  • Forming relationships
  • Festivals
  • Natural resources
  • Professions
  • Speaking preparation: role plays, photo-card task, general conversation
  • Translation tasks

 

Curriculum Overview – French
Year 7 Year 8
  • Greetings
  • Classroom instructions 
  • Numbers and the alphabet 
  • Family 
  • My town 
  • Rooms and furniture 
  • Time and weather 
  • Daily routine 
  • Grammar
  • School
  • Food 
  • Hobbies 
  • Translation skills
  • Me, my family & friends 
  • Relationships with family & friends
  • Home and town
  • Neighbourhood and regions
  • My studies 
  • Free time activities 
  • Customs and festivals in French-speaking counties 
  • Translation skills
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Life at school/college 
  • Travel and tourism 
  • Healthy/unhealthy living 
  • Relationships, marriage, partnership
  • Technology in everyday life 
  • Social media 
  • Grammar practice
  • Speaking preparation: photo-card task, general conversation
  • Translation skills
  • Global issues
  • The environment
  • Poverty and homelessness
  • Social issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Charity/Voluntary work
  • School life
  • Education. Post-16
  • Career choices and ambitions.
  • Speaking preparation: role plays, photo-card task, general conversation
  • Extended writing tasks
  • Translation tasks
  • Global issues
  • The environment
  • Poverty and homelessness
  • Social issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Charity/Voluntary work
  • School life
  • Education. Post-16
  • Career choices and ambitions.
  • Speaking preparation: role plays, photo-card task, general conversation
  • Extended writing tasks
  • Translation tasks
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.