Modern Foreign Languages

Aims and approach

We believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. It helps all pupils to develop their interest and curiosity in the similarities and differences between themselves and others. It offers pupils the opportunities to meet people from other countries and cultures and helps broaden pupils’ horizons by experiencing new and different languages and cultures. 

We are proud to play a major role in the international ethos of the school by offering French to all pupils in Key Stage 3 with 2 classes studying French plus German/Spanish in Y8 and Y9. We have a significant number of students in Key Stage 4 with French, Spanish and German all being offered up to GCSE. Italian and Latin is offered as an afterschool activity. The Department has a dedicated team who commit themselves wholly to raising attainment and immersing pupils in exciting and innovative language experiences in the classroom. They promote a learning culture which is international, technological, enterprising and vocational, and which values language learning as a key skill for UK citizens of the 21st century.

Each year in order to enable all students to develop further insight into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the languages we teach are spoken and to give them the opportunity to develop links with and to visit these countries, the Modern Languages Department runs a wide and comprehensive range of foreign educational visits and exchanges. 

 KS3 Curriculum Maps

KS3: French

Year 7

Transition unit /About Me

School

Hobbies and free time

House and town

Content: 

Alphabet, numbers, colours, family, pets, personality, appearance, likes and dislikes, other people

Subjects and opinions, Time, Daily routine,
 

Sports , Free time activities, What activities you would like to try

Where you live , Rooms and furniture, places in town, directions, where you are going to go

Langauge:  Question words, adjectives, dictionary skill, avoir/être, basic connectives, negatives, opinions Rreasons, reflexive verbs, time, sequencers, using “on Regular –er verbs, faire, frequency words  Prepositions,  Tu/vous, À + definite article, Aller conjugation, Near future tense, Je voudrais + noun/verb

Year 8

TV and cinema

Paris

Events

 

Content: 

Tv programmes, films, weather and different activities,
 

Activities in Paris, transport, tourist attractions

Music, clothes,  food and drink, meals, buying food, describing an event

 

Language: Opinions, reasons, quand, avoir/être/faire/aller On peut, perfect tense, question words Near future tense, comparative, superlative, il faut  

Year 9

(rouge)

Health and fitness

World of work

Holidays

CULTURE
(Single linguists only)

Content: 

Food and drink, parts of body, healthy eating, fitness, healthy living
  

Jobs, what you wanted to do when you were younger, future plans
 

Holiday destinations,  holiday activities, packing for holidays, ideal holiday
 

Taught once per fortnight and covers:

  • Neuilly-sa-mère (film module)
  • French schools
  • French revolution
Language: Present tense, Perfect tense, Future proche, Future simple, Direct object pronouns, Il faut, Depuis, Comparative
superlative
Modal verbs, Si present tense+ present tense, Imperfect tense, Adjective agreements, future simple Questions using inversion,
Pronoun ‘y’, Reflexives in past tense, Conditional tense

Year 9

(FCSE)

Social life

Health and fitness

Holidays

CULTURE

Content:

 Appearance, personality, hobbies, family
  

Food and drink, parts of body, healthy eating, fitness
 

Content:  holiday destinations and activities, transport, hotel facilities
 

Taught once per fortnight and covers:

  • Neuilly-sa-mère (film module)
  • French schools
  • French revolution
Language: Avoir/être, perfect tense, future proche, opinions, reasons Il faut,  perfect tense, future proche, opinions, reasons  Aller,  perfect tense, future proche, opinions, reasons

 

 

KS3: German

Year 8

About Me

School

Free time

Holidays

Content: 

Alphabet, numbers, colours, birthday, family, pets, personality, appearance, where you live

Subjects and opinions, Time,  Canteen, School Uniform
 

Sports, hobbies, TV and film genres

Where you go, what you did, how you got there, weather, places in town: 

Language: Haben/sein, Capital letters for nouns, Indefinite article, Possessive adjectives, genders Asking questions, word order with weil, Regular verb endings, Essen conjugation Intro Ich habe – gesehen/gefunden,  Conjugation of wollen/sollen, Verb second, Irregular verbs – sehen/fahren/lessen,
Using wir
Perfect tense with haben/sein,  Combining 2 tenses, TMP, Questions in perfect tense,
Kein/ein

Year 9

Staying Healthy

Going out

Ambitions

Childhood

Content:

Parts of the body, Food and drink,  healthy lifestyles

Music genres, bands, music festival, clothes

Crazy ambitions, Jobs and reasons to do them, future plans, listening to messages

What you were like when you were younger, comparing primary and secondary school, Grimm’s Fairy tales

Language: Recognise future tense, possessive nouns, Seit, Wenn clauses, Modal verbs, man  Adjective agreements, Future tense, Subject and direct object pronouns, Comparative Conditional tense, Um…zu
Changing gender of jobs,
 Using “als” as when in the past
Imperfect of modal verbs, Superlative Imperfect tense
KS4 Curriculum Maps

In KS4 MFL is now part of the KS4 Option structure where they follow the Welsh Board GCSE course. Many students who choose to study one MFL do the one begun in Year 7 i.e. French. Some students may choose to do two languages or to just continue with the second modern language begun in Year 8 instead of French i.e. German or Spanish to GCSE level.  In both Years 10 and 11 there are currently 3 Sets in French where students are grouped according to ability plus one Set in each of Spanish and German.

GCSE French 

Year 10
new GCSE

Unit 1: Me, My Family and Friends

 Unit 2 Technology in everyday life

Unit 3: Freetime activities

Unit 4: Customs and Festivals

Content: 

Family relationships, friends, marriage,  marriage alternatives

Communicating online, online activities, mobile technology, technology addicted

Film, music, TV, free time activities, food, meals, world food, eating habits, sport

France and customs, different traditions, celebrations, Francophone festivals

Language:  Using avoir/être, Possessive adjectives, reflexive verbs, Adjective agreement and position, Comparatives, superlatives, future tense, direct object pronouns Present tense of –er/ir/re verbs, Present tense common irregular verbs, Grâce à, using “on” Question words, Perfect tense of regular verbs, Perfect tense with être, Quantities, Adverbs of frequency, Verbs + infinitive
The pronouns  “en” and « y »
subordinating conjunctions, time phrases, More complex negatives
Rules of agreement in the past tense, Reflexive verbs in the perfect tense
Using en/au/aux/à with countries and towns, Imperfect, Deciding between perfect and imperfect, Using the perfect infinitive
Skills :  Answering unprepared questions, Be able to do simple translation (Fr-Eng and Eng-Fr) Know how to approach a role play, Asking questions Translation strategies, Describe a picture and answer questions connected to it, Adding detail to writing/speaking Developing confidence when speaking – coping strategies

 

Unit 5: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Unit 6: Social issues

Content:

Different kinds of houses, ideal house, twinning towns, your region

   

Volunteering, charities, health habits and resolutions
Language: 

Language:  Plural of nouns, Negative phrases followed by de, Habiter/vivre, prepositions Modal verbs/il faut + infinitive, En + present participle, Recognising pluperfect, Il vaut/vaudrait mieux,  Vouloir que + subjunctive, Using ce que
Skills : Developing writing through reusing known structures Understanding and answering questions in French,
Understand how to use questions to help form answers

Year 11 Old GCSE

World of work

Holidays

Listening and reading preparation 

Content: 

jobs, work experience, ideal job, future plans
Language:  Modal verbs, Si clauses, Imperfect tense, Adjective agreements, future simple

Content: holiday destinations,  holiday activities, past/future holidays, ideal holiday
Language:  pluperfect, comparative, superlative, “y”, Conditional tense

 

Revising past units vocab as well as using past papers to prepare for GCSE exams

 

 

GCSE German

Year 10
new GCSE

Unit 1: Me, My Family and Friends

 Unit 2: Technology in everyday life

Unit 3: Freetime activities

Unit 4: Customs and Festivals

Content: Family relationships, friends, marriage,  marriage alternatives communicating online, online activities, mobile technology, technology addicted film, music, TV, free time activities, food, meals, world food, eating habits, sport Germany and customs, different traditions, celebrations, German festivals
Language: Ir/regular verbs, Reflexive verbs
Separable verbs, Possessive adjectives
Future tense, Using wollen, Comparative
superlative
direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns
,weil and wenn, using wann, wenn and als, imperfect tense weak and selected strong verbs, adjectives
past tenses (perfect and imperfect)
using separable and reflexive verbs in three tenses, word order in 3 tenses (I.e. verb second idea), TMP, du, ihr, Sie, forming questions, using modal verbs,  strong verbs, compound nouns Adjectives as nouns, weak masculine nouns, describing past activities, using personal pronouns, perfect tense and past participles, imperfect, comparative
superlative

Skills :

Developing writing, using different tenses, answering unprepared questions

Be able to do simple translation (Eng -Ger), answering comprehension questions in German

Translation strategies, Describe a picture and answer questions connected to it, Adding detail to writing/speaking, practising role-plays, 

Developing confidence when speaking – coping strategies, translation strategies

 

Unit 5: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Unit 6: Social issues

Content: Different kinds of houses, ideal house, twinning towns, your region
Language:  Using prepositions, können, adjective declension, forming questions
Volunteering, charities, health habits and resolutions
Language:  Using in with accusative and dative, using dieser and jeder, wenn clauses
using als , um... zu..., verbs that are followed by zu, saying must not and don't have to

Skills : 

Using grammatical markers, paraphrasing in speaking

Reading skills

Year 11
Old GCSE

World of work

Holidays

Listening and reading preparation

 

 

Content: Jobs, work experience, ideal job, future plans Holiday destinations,  holiday activities, past/future holidays, ideal holiday Revising past units vocab as well as using past papers to prepare for GCSE exams  

Language: 

Modal verbs, wenn-clauses, imperfect tense, adjective agreements,  future tense,

Comparative, superlative, conditional sentences

 

 

 

If you would like to find out more about the Modern Languages curriculum please contact:

Miss Z. Frayne, Head of Modern Languages: frayne_z@ucc.rutland.sch.uk