Courses and Examinations in MFL
At present, students are given the opportunity to study three languages during their time here: French, German and Spanish.
Key Stage Three
In year 7, students will concentrate solely on French to build on the French they may have learnt at primary school. We use the book Studio 1.
In year 8, students continue to learn French and move onto Studio 2. They also begin their studies of German, using Stimmt 1.
At the end of Year 8, students are given the option to express their preference between continuing to study French and German in Year 9 or studying Spanish from scratch for all of their language lessons. We are able to accommodate most students’ preferences.
Those who continue to study French and German begin the GCSE course enabling them to develop their skills over three years with the aim of achieving the best possible result in Year 11. Students who have chosen to start Spanish begin this using the Mira 1 Express textbook.
The topics covered in KS3 are varied and relevant to young teenagers. Grammar is incorporated within the study of the language and students are encouraged to participate in all four of the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Content Overview KS3
Key Stage 4
Students are encouraged to continue with at least one language. This is a requirement for those wishing to achieve the English Baccalaureat Certificate. We offer courses in all three languages.
The GCSE courses deal with the topics of personal identification, leisure, local environment, shopping, school, work, holidays, health and other sundry items. Most aspects of grammar are also covered.
Our text books (specifically linked to the exam baord specifications) are differentiated into a Higher and Foundation edition and teachers will often use both books within a lesson in order to challenge and support students appropriately.
Content Overview KS4
Spanish Year 10 - ¡Viva! Verde (Foundation)
Spanish Year 11
Year 10: AQA Examination Board:
Here are the links for the relevant GCSE specifications.
There are 4 skills which are tested at the end of the course: Listening (25%) , Speaking (25%) , reading (25%) and writing (25%).
The exams are tiered. The decision whether Foundation or Higher papers are sat , is taken at Easter time of Year 11.
Year 11: Edexcel Examination Board:
please follow these links to see the relevant GCSE specifications:
There are 4 skills which are tested in this linear course.
Listening (20%) and Reading (20%) are tiered. The decision whether Foundation or Higher papers are sat, is taken at Easter time of Y11. The exams are sat at the end of Y11.
Speaking (30%) and Reading (30%) are sat as continuous assessment. Assessment points are Summer term Year 10, Autumn Term Y11 and Spring Term Y11. Students are given the tasks in advance and are given preparation time for them. They then sit the speaking or writing exam – we select the best two in each skill.
Please see the web-links pages for useful resources to help you revise.
Key Stage 5
In the sixth form students may choose AS / A2 French, German and Spanish). Topics include healthy living, crime and punishment, racism, international politics, medicine, youth culture and much more. All 4 skills continue to be developed and students are encouraged to become increasingly more independent learners of the language.
In year 13 students also have the opportunity to study a film and a play or novel.
Content Overview KS5
Edexcel Examination Board:
please follow these links to see the relevant AS and A2 specifications: