The study of Modern Foreign Languages helps to develop pupils’ cultural awareness, teaches them the fundamentals of communicating effectively in a foreign language, and equips them with the skills they need to progress to a global marketplace.

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.

As a Department, we are committed to making language learning a positive, enjoyable experience through a variety of teaching and learning activities.

We offer GCSE in French.

Curriculum Overview: French
Year 7 Year 8
  • French alphabet
  • Greeting/introduction – Myself
  • Numbers 1-30
  • Date / Birthday
  • My family, relations
  • School subjects
  • Describing a day in school
  • Opinions
  • Personality
  • Taking about sports
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Present tense verbs
  • Future tense verbs
  • Past tense verbs
  • Family and friends
  • Describing where you live
  • Free time activities
  • Holiday
  • Ordering food
  • Holidays
  • Weather
  • Grammar – past tense focus
  • Festivals
  • Food and drink
  • Buying food at the market
  • Grammar – future tense focus
  • Media
  • Shopping
  • Home life / daily routine
  • Your region
  • House description
  • Prepositions
  • Negatives
  • Sports
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • At the doctor
  • Revision of grammatical structures Y7 and Y8



Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Identity and Culture

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership
  • Social media
  • Mobile technology
  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport
  • Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities)

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness
  • My region and local environment
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Current and future study and employment

  • My Studies
  • Life at School/College
  • Education-post 16
  • Revision

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specifications:


Enrichment Offer

​The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.