Key Stage Three

Course Overview
Students learn language through a variety of topics which includes self and family, leisure, holidays, school life and shopping.  Students are taught how to ask and answer questions, justify opinions and explain their ideas.  All units of work include a comprehensive grammar programme which covers all the tenses and understanding of gender, word order and other linguistic structures.  Students develop the following learning strategies: memorising new vocabulary, listening for gist and detail, using a bi-lingual dictionary, applying phonic patterns and group talk strategies.

All students are formally assessed in two of the language skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) at the end of each unit of work.

There is one homework task per week.  Once a fortnight there will be a learning homework. Other homework tasks include research, reading and writing or preparing for speaking activities.

Parental Support
Parents can support their child by valuing language learning and talking about the importance of understanding different cultures. Parents can also test vocabulary regularly.  Encourage your son/daughter to use language learning websites and apps and to borrow language magazines or books from the LRC.

Key Stage Four

Course Overview
We offer GCSEs in French, German and Spanish. Students opt for their languages GCSE at the end of Year 8 and may choose to continue with either one language or both.

Key Stage 4 MFL GCSE
Students study the AQA GCSE course.

The principal themes are:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment


Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

  • 25% of GCSE
  • Foundation: 35 minutes
  • Higher: 45 minutes
  • Questions in French and English

Understanding and responding to different types of language

  • 25% of GCSE
  • Foundation: 45 minutes
  • Higher: 1 hour
  • Questions in French and English
  • Translation into English

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

  • Foundation: 7-9 minutes (+preparation time)
  • Higher: 10-12 minutes (+ preparation time)
  • Role play
  • Photo card
  • General conversation

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

  • Foundation: 1 hour
  • Higher: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Message, short passage, structured writing task, open-ended writing task (4 sentences – 150 words)
  • Translation into French

Students learn to understand spoken and written language (listening and reading) and how to communicate in the language (speaking and writing).  Students are also taught essential, transferable study skills and an appreciation of how the language works so that they can apply their knowledge of grammar across a variety of contexts.

In KS4 students will have three pieces of homework per fortnight.  These will include speaking and writing preparation tasks, vocabulary learning, grammar practice, reading and listening comprehensions, translation tasks and exam question practice.

Marking & Assessment Policy

We would highly recommend one of our trips abroad.  We currently run three successful trips abroad for Years 9 and 10. These include cultural visits to France and Spain and a well-established exchange to Haywards Heath’s twin town in Germany.

Foreign Language Assistants
The Modern Languages Department benefits from the input of Foreign Language Assistants from Germany/Austria, France and Spain.  

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