Curriculum

MFL

Intent:

To foster students’ curiosity about different cultures and to encourage them to become citizens of the world by being open-minded and respectful of others.

To allow them to communicate with people in another language to widen their study and work perspectives.

YEAR 7 FRENCH

In the students first year of learning French, students will discover the basics of French grammar in order to express themselves accurately. They will learn how to introduce themselves and their families, talk about their studies and what they do in their spare time. This first year will be the occasion to discover more about the culture of French speakers around the world.

Year 7 French Curriculum Overview

YEAR 7 SPANISH

In the students first year of learning Spanish, students will discover the basics of Spanish grammar in order to express themselves accurately. They will learn how to introduce themselves and their families, talk about their studies and where they live. This first year will be the occasion to discover more about the culture of Spanish speakers around the world.

Year 7 Spanish Curriculum Overview

YEAR 8 FRENCH

In Year 8, students will revisit some of the topics covered in Year 7 and consolidate their mastery of the language. They will learn new ways to express opinions and relate past events. They will also learn about the advantages of learning languages and the impact it can have on their future.

Year 8 French Curriculum Overview

YEAR 8 SPANISH

In Year 8, they will revisit some of the topics covered in year 7 and consolidate their mastery of the language. They will learn new ways to express opinions about hobbies and relate past holidays. They will also learn about the advantages of learning languages and the impact it can have on their future.

Year 8 Spanish Curriculum Overview

YEAR 9 FRENCH

When starting their GCSE course, students will focus their first term on talking about themselves, their families and relationships in more detail before going back to hobbies, sports and past time and how to explain what they used to do when they were younger. The last term of the year is dedicated to the study of celebrations and festivals across the French-speaking world and will give them the chance to gain insight into traditions and varied culture throughout the French-speaking world. Throughout the GCSE course, they will work towards deepening their knowledge of the grammar and syntax in order to express themselves with more nuance and fluency.

GCSE French PLC (Foundation)

GCSE French PLC (Higher)

YEAR 9 SPANISH

When starting their GCSE course, students will focus their first term on talking about discussing holidays and explaining what makes a great holiday, recounting past vacations or imagining what an ideal trip would be. All these topics will require them to manipulate various tenses and gradually build their confidence through practice. During term 2, students will then be discussing school and studies: what their favourite subjects are, what their school offers them and comparing the education system in the UK to the rest of the Hispanic world. The last term of the year is dedicated to talking about family and friendships.

Throughout the GCSE course, they will work towards deepening their knowledge of the grammar and syntax in order to express themselves with more nuance and fluency.

GCSE Spanish PLC (Foundation)

GCSE Spanish PLC (Higher)

YEAR 10 FRENCH

At the start of the year, students will focus on their town and region, discussing the pros and cons and talking about an ideal place to live in. The second term will then be spent discussing holidays and explaining what makes a great holiday, recounting past vacations or imagining what an ideal trip would be. All these topics will require them to manipulate various tenses and gradually build their confidence through practice. In their last term, students will discuss school: what their favourite subjects are, what their school offers them and comparing the education system in the UK to the rest of the French-speaking world.

GCSE French PLC (Foundation)

GCSE French PLC (Higher)

YEAR 10 SPANISH

At the start of the year, students will focus on sports, hobbies and entertainment. The second term will then be spent describing their town and region, discussing the pros and cons of the area and talking about an ideal place to live in. In their last term, students will focus on the study of celebrations and festivals across the Hispanic world and will give them the chance to gain insight into the varied culture and traditions.

GCSE Spanish PLC (Foundation)

GCSE Spanish PLC (Higher)

YEAR 11 FRENCH

The start of the final year of the GCSE course is dedicated to future plans. It is fitting that students reflect on what lays ahead and topics covered will include post-16 study, work experience and careers as well as future plans in general (volunteering, travelling, getting married…) Then students will look towards the rest of the world and discuss the challenges faced by our planet (climate change, pollution…) as well as social issues (homelessness, poverty, racism…) before starting their revision journey towards their assessment.

GCSE French PLC (Foundation)

GCSE French PLC (Higher)

YEAR 11 SPANISH

The start of the final year of the GCSE course is dedicated to discussing future plans. It is fitting that students reflect on what lays ahead and topics covered will include post-16 study, work experience and careers as well as future plans in general (volunteering, travelling, getting married…) Then students will look towards the rest of the world and discuss the challenges faced by our planet (climate change, pollution…) as well as social issues (homelessness, poverty, racism…) before starting their revision journey towards their assessment.

GCSE Spanish PLC (Foundation)

GCSE Spanish PLC (Higher)

A-LEVEL FRENCH

Students choosing to continue French in year 12-13 will take the language to the next level and not only continue to learn the language but use that language to discuss in much depth the cultural and social issues faced by the French-speaking world. Students will become immersed in the culture thanks to various media and will have a chance to study a film (“La Haine” by Matthieu Kassowitz) and a novel (“No et moi” Delphine de Vigan) in the target language.

KS5 French Curriculum Overview

A-LEVEL SPANISH

Students choosing to continue Spanish in year 12-13 will take the language to the next level and not only continue to learn the language but use that language to discuss in much depth the cultural and social issues faced by the Hispanic world. Students will become immersed in the culture thanks to various media and will have a chance to study a film (“Volver” by Pedro Almodovar) and a novel (“La casa de Bernarda Alba” by Federico García Lorca) both in the target language.

KS5 Spanish Curriculum Overview

CAREERS IN MFL

French is a facilitating subject, meaning that even if you don’t want to study a language at university, it will be useful to have a Language GCSE! For example, the Russell Group (which represents the 24 leading UK universities) requires all its students to have a facilitating subject to enrol any course.

What Are Facilitating Subjects? | List of Facilitating Subjects (successatschool.org)

Studying a language also has multiple benefits such as:

  • making you really stand out when applying to college, university or a job
  • making you competitive if you want to work abroad (in the UK only 32% of students can speak or write a foreign language vs. 79% in France and 90% in Germany)
  • increasing your brain capacity, improving your memory
  • using a language at work could raise your salary from 8-20%
  • improving your communication skills

Having a Language GCSE will be helpful regardless of the career path you’re set upon but will be particularly 

for the following careers:

CONTACT US

For more information regarding MFL please contact the following:

  • Mrs Luce Debiais (Head of MFL) - l.debiais@st-josephs.slough.sch.uk