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Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information

At Key Stage 3, students are offered the choice of which language they would prefer to study, either French or Spanish. Students are then well prepared and well informed in the study of Modern Foreign Languages when it comes to opting for one or more language at Key Stage 4. In each lesson, students will practise the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, which will prepare students for future success in Modern Foreign Languages. 

The French course is based on the “Studio” series of textbooks. The French topics taught in Year 7 linked to “Studio 1” are:

On Commence! –                  (Let’s get started)

C'est perso!                         (It’s all about me!)

Mon collège                        (My School)

Mes passetemps                (My Hobbies)

Ma zone                               (My Area)

3…2…1 Partez!                    ( 3..2..1 Go!)

 Year 8 topics are linked to “Studio 2”:

T'es branché                                     (You’re cool)    

Paris, je t'adore!                             ( Paris, I love you!)

Ma Routine                                      ( My Routine)

Chez moi, chez toi        (At your house, at my house)

Mes Rêves                                          ( My dreams)

Studio Découverte               (Discovery Studio)

Year 9 topics are linked to “Studio 3”:

Ma vie sociale d'ado                            (My social life as a teenager)

Bien dans sa peau                                 (Wellness )

À l'horizon                                             (On the horizon)

Spécial vacances                                   (Holiday Special)

Moi dans le monde                              (My place in the world)

GCSE : Qui suis-je?                               (GCSE: Who am I?)

The Spanish and German courses follow a similar path in terms of content and skills practice in order to provide students with a secure foundation for GCSE studies.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information


GCSE French, GCSE German, GCSE Spanish

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Subject content

Core content

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment


GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9).

There are four skills that are tested at GCSE:

  1. Listening
  2. Speaking
  3. Reading
  4. Writing

Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Information


French A Level, German A Level, Spanish A Level

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Subject content

Core content

  1. Social issues and trends
  2. Political and artistic culture
  3. Grammar


4. Works: Literary texts and films

Students take three exams at the end of the course.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing
Paper 2: Writing
Paper 3: Speaking


The Department has regularly organised trips to Germany, Spain and France over recent years.

We offer a Japanese Club and are planning to run a Scandinavian Club in the future.

We also offer booster sessions for students preparing for their GCSE and A Level exams.

It is hoped that an MFL Theatre Group will visit this year to perform plays in each of the three languages. The Department runs a “ Language Learner of the Week” award programme.

In addition, students can subscribe to Mary Glasgow publications  (magazines, audio and online materials) to add an extra dimension to their language learning.

Curriculum Leader name and email addresses:

KS3: Mrs Margaret Thompson ()

KS4 and KS5: Mr Martin Brooks ()