Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Overview

We are a highly motivated faculty teaching French or Spanish to our students who regularly perform well. We believe that at PCS language learning is promoted with a fun, creative and enthusiastic approach. With the implementation of the new curriculum, students are given every opportunity to develop their language skills and succeed in using the foreign language purposefully and creatively. In order to ensure all of our learners experience success and a sense of achievement we:

  • • Promote a positive ethos towards learning a new language
  • • Deliver our lessons in the target language
  • • Tailor-make resources to suit the needs of all pupils
  • • Encourage students to build language up at the level appropriate to them
  • • Enable students to manipulate texts to ensure a clear understanding
  • • Give students the confidence to present language to groups of students confidently using power point
  • • Concentrate on all 4 skills equally - listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • • Provide opportunities for our students to use ICT to enhance learning
  • • Use film/DVD where appropriate to extend cultural knowledge as well as linguistic capabilities
  • • Ensure our AGAT learners are catered for
  • • Provide extra-curricular experiences to enhance learning in the classroom
  • We undertake collaborative planning and creation of resources to ensure consistency across the faculty. We provide flexibility to provide for all of our learners' needs.

    Teaching and Learning

    The MFL Faculty delivers either French or Spanish for 4 hours a fortnight to all students in years 7 and 8. In year 9, students have the opportunity to start the GCSE course in either French or Spanish which is delivered for 4/5 hours a fortnight. Students then continue with the course for a further 4/5 hours a fortnight in years 10 and 11.
    At KS4 students are currently working towards the WJEC GCSE exam.

    Year 7 - KS3

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • All about me
  • Greetings / Name/ Age/ Birthday/ Days of week/ Months of year/ Pets/ Brothers and sisters/ Introduction of the third person/ Introduction to simple opinions/ Classroom commands
  • My school
  • School Equipment and Golden 6/ Subjects/ Teachers / Complex opinions/ Likes/dislikes /Adjectives /Opinion phrases/ Connectives/ Quantifiers/ Time words/ Lesson times – on the hour
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • House and home and family
  • Town/ Types of housing/ Location of housing/ Rooms in the house/ Furniture/ Family members/ Adjectives/ Opinion phrases/ Connectives/ Time words
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Weather and clothes
  • Weather in the present and future tense/ Complex opinions/ Points of the compass/ Cultural knowledge of towns/places in France/Spain/ Clothes/Colours/Materials/What to wear when… (linked to different types of weather or different occasions)
  • Year 8

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • My health
  • Body parts/ Sports/ Frequency/ Hobbies/ Free time activities/ Use of opinions + infinitive verbs/ Present tense Future plans/ Giving advice/ Healthy eating/ Healthy lifestyles/ Comparisons
  • Christmas and celebrations
  • Cultural references/ Authentic materials/ Favourite celebrations/ Introduction of new verbs
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Café and restaurant
  • Food & drinks / Different types of food/ Adjectives/ Opinions/ Transactional language/ Ordering food and drink/ ‘Real life’ situations/ Etiquette
  • Dream date
  • Inviting people out/ Accepting and declining an invitation/ Excuses/ Arranging a day and time/ Meeting places/ Prepositions/ Introduction to the past tense
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Holidays
  • Where – countries/ When – dates/ How – transports/ For how long – frequency/ Who with – possessives/ Leisure activities/ Food and drinks/ Shopping/ Weather/ Opinions/ (Use of past tense with ‘avoir’ and with ‘etre’)/ Future tense/ Making plans for your next holiday
  • KS4 Course(s) offered

    We start to prepare for the GCSE in year 9, and students currently embark upon controlled assessments in speaking and writing in years 10 and 11. (These make up 60% of the final GCSE grade for students currently in year 10 and 11.) With the changes to the GCSE’s as of 2018, students in year 9 as of September 2015 will no longer be expected to complete controlled assessments. Year 9 provides a consolidation and foundation year to prepare students for the demands of the GCSE exams.

    Year 9

  • Me and my family
  • Personal ID/ Physical descriptions/ Sport/free time activities/ Adjectives/ 3rd person/ possessives
  • World of work and pocket money
  • Jobs/ Characteristics/ Future plans/ The simple future tense
  • Cinema and Film
  • Genre/ My favourite film/ Adjectives/ Complex opinion phrases
  • The area I live in
  • Tourist office/ Descriptions of towns/ Things to do/ Directions/ Places/shops
  • Daily Routine
  • reflexive verbs
  • Year 10 and 11

  • Identity and Culture
  • • Youth Culture
  • • Customs and traditions
  • Local, National, International and Global areas of interest
  • • Travel and Transport
  • • Holidays and Tourism
  • • Environment
  • Current and Future Study and Employment
  • • School/College life
  • • Work Experience and Part time jobs
  • • Jobs and Future plans
  • Assessment

    For our current year 10 and 11 students, Controlled Assessment makes up 60% of final grade: 30 % Speaking and 30% Writing. The final exams are weighted 20% Listening and 20% Reading. As of September 2016 students will be working towards a final exam in all skill areas. 25% Speaking, 50% Reading and Listening, 25% Writing.


    Homework is set once a fortnight in years 7 and 8 and once a week in years 9,10 and 11 in accordance with the homework timetable. Students are encouraged to use their independent skills when completing homework and examples of homework tasks set are:

    To teach somebody at home a language structure/vocabulary, complete worksheets relating to previous lessons work to consolidate learning, create a resource to enable the class to recall vocabulary or to revise recently taught vocabulary.

    Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework:

    Revision guides are available to purchase at £2.50 each and we also recommend a revision workbook. This has GCSE graded questions which are self marking so students can keep abreast of their progress as well as a wealth of listening tasks that students can work through at their own pace to enhance their confidence.

    Quizlet – tailor made resources by staff relevant to vocabulary areas students struggle to recall.

    Teaching Staff

    Mrs Josie Turner, Head of MFL Faculty:
    Ms Stacey Dean, French and Spanish teacher:
    Ms Kate Hayhurst, MFL Teacher:
    Ms Fabiola Massa, MFL Teacher:


    Need Help?

    Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

    01273 581100