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Modern Foreign Languages
Miss C. Porter

Through studying Languages at Kingsmead, students will:

Become excellent communicators in multiple languages; confident, curious and culturally literate and develop new ways of seeing and understanding the world and their place within it. Students will also be taught the skills to contribute effectively to a multi-cultural and multi-lingual 21st century society.


Year 7

Autumn Term
Tout sur moi et ma famille (All about myself and my family) -
This topic helps you to develop and apply a range of basic language to give personal information, express opinions, give simple reasons and describe others. It also allows you to gather cultural information on life in Francophone countries in terms of general facts, key figures and important dates.

In addition, you begin to build key skills like basic grammar concepts, speaking skills and translation skills around the topic area. Learning to be able to communicate with confidence in the target language and understanding language about yourself and others is the foundation of your language journey.

Spring Term
Mon collège (My school) -
This topic supports you to further express your opinions allowing you to discuss your school subjects’ preferences and facilities at your school. It gives you chance to build on utilising more complex reasons as well as equipping you with vocabulary and phrases to refer to your school day. This topic encourages you to use your numeracy skills to tell the time in the target language which is a useful and impressive skill to have. Topic 2 permits you to gather cultural information about school life in France and the differences and similarities to both Francophone countries and schools in the UK. In addition, within the school topic you continue to build on your key skills like basic grammar concepts, speaking skills and translation skills around the topic area. You begin to learn how to describe a picture related to school in the target language. This is a fun and interactive topic that allows you to start becoming more creative with your language skills.

Summer Term
Mon monde perso (My personal world/life) - 
This topic provides you with the tools to talk about your free time, using key irregular verbs. It introduces you to use the near future tense to relate to forthcoming events offering you opportunities to develop your confidence in broadening your speaking skills, particularly when discussing your hometown and ordering food in a café environment. Topic 3 allows you to expand on your ability to express your opinions, teaching you to use more complex infinitive structures and non-literal translation skills. This topic provides you with additional cultural information on life in French speaking countries gaining knowledge about authentic food, customs and ways of living.

Year 8

Autumn Term
Les vacances (Holidays) -
The first topic of the year starts by helping you to develop and apply a range of language to discuss the topic of holidays. It allows you to say where you usually go, describe a past holiday by giving details like transport you used, activities you did and your general opinion of the holiday. You will be expected to give details and reasons to show off your knowledge of the topic, within the topic you will gather further cultural information on life in France and other Francophone countries with regards to the topic of holidays and how holidays and important dates there are celebrated differently. Furthermore, you get the opportunity to begin to build key skills by using the Present and Past tense together. You will be able to engage in a variety of speaking and translation activities with peers to further strengthen your knowledge f the topic. Learning to be able to communicate and understand language about events in the Present and Pat further allows you to develop your language proficiency effectively.

Spring Term
Les loisirs et sport (Free-time and sport)  -
Topic 2 is interesting as it’s all about festivals, celebrations, music and Digital Technology. It is truly a topic that teenagers can relate to easily and enjoy. This topic supports you to consolidate the use of the near future tense in French, discussing free time activities, within this topic you will learn more complex sentence structures. Again, it allows you to widen your cultural knowledge regarding life in other Francophone countries. As well as developing your speaking and translation skills around the topic, you will be encouraged to work independently but also to engage in teamwork activities. To maximise your language learning, home learning will be essential to further extend your knowledge of this particular topic. You will be expected to use the internet to access popular French songs, suitable foreign language films, cultural earning clips and will even require you to listen to French radio.

Summer Term
Ma Ville (My Town) -
This topic is orientated towards teenagers and provides students with many opportunities to practise new language in a communicative way and in real contexts to use transactional language within a variety of contexts including role play situations, photo descriptions and mini presentations. This further topic further perfects not only your pronunciation and accuracy but also your confidence to use the language spontaneously. Authentic materials used will support your learning and allow you to use a range of language to give information on towns, directions food and activities you can do in town. You will continue to broaden your scope to express opinions. Like the other topics too, it will allow you to understand the cultural aspects of life in different French speaking countries.

Year 9

Autumn Term
Who am I?

This topic covers:
Looking a different relationships (positive and negative)
Explaining when I was younger
Discussing what my friends and family are like
Explaining what makes a good friend?
Discussing interests
Looking a different celebrations and festivals
Explaining socialising with friends and family
Looking and talking about role models

Spring Term
Culture Leisure time

This topic covers:
Discussing leisure activities
Talking about digital technology
Looking at reading habits
Looking at music preferences
Discussing different sports
Looking at and discussing film, television programmes and cinema

Summer Term
Daily Life

This topic covers:
Discussing customs, everyday life and festivals and traditions
Finding out about food, drink and mealtimes
Talking about shopping (for food + clothes)
Describing social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages)


Year 10

Autumn Term
Town and Local area

This topic covers:
Describing a region
Finding out tourist information
Discussing plans in a town and the weather
Talking about places to see in a town, region, neighbourhood and the country

Spring Term
Holidays and destinations

This topic covers:
Discussing holiday preferences
Dealing with hotel stays
Talking about travelling
Discussing about present and past holiday destinations
Explaining holiday experiences and disasters
Ordering food in a restaurant or cafe on holiday
Participating in travel and tourist transactions

Summer Term

This topic covers:
Talking about what school is like
Discussing types of schools
Explaining the school day
Discussing and giving opinions on subjects and preferences
Talking about school facilities
Describing school activities in the present and past
Explaining school rules and pressures youngsters face in education
Discussing celebrating success
Talking about school activities, school trips, events and exchanges

Year 11

Autumn Term
World of work

This topic covers:
Talking about different jobs a
Discussing work preferences
Discussing plans, hopes and wishes
Looking at the importance of languages in the context of work
Explaining how to earn money
Discussing work experience and ambitions

Spring Term

This topic covers:
Discussing weather and natural disasters
Talking about protecting the environment and being ‘green’
Looking at ethical shopping
Talking about volunteering
Discussing big sporting and musical events, campaigns and good causes

Summer Term
Consolidation of all topics using a variety of revision tasks/activities as well as practising key skills and exam techniques with the completion of pat papers.


Years 12 and 13

Autumn Term
Year 12 Term 1:

Thème 1: Unité 1
Les changements dans les structures familiales:
This unit deals with changing family structure in France focusing on
- How the structure of the family is changing
- How the institution of marriage is changing
- Relationships within the family unit

Thème 2: Unité 4
La musique:
This unit looks at music in France focusing on
- Francophone music
- The popular musical genre, la chanson française and Haitian music
- The influence of Francophone music

La Littérature:
No et Moi (Delphine de Vigan)
Alongside Themes 1 and 2 throughout your first year of study, you will study a book in the target language.
No et Moi is a timely and thought-provoking novel about homelessness that has far-reaching appeal.

Spring Term
Year 12 Term 2:

Thème 1: Unité 2
This unit examines the Education system in France focusing on
- How the French education system is structured
- Issues French students may have
- Higher education in France
- Ways of adapting to working life

Thème 2: Unité 5
Les medias:
This unit looks at media in France focussing on
- Freedom of speech in francophone countries
- Print and online media in francophone countries
- The effect of the media on politics and society in francophone countries

La Littérature:
No et Moi (Delphine de Vigan)
Alongside Themes 1 and 2 throughout your first year of study, you will study a book in the target language.
No et Moi is a timely and thought-provoking novel about homelessness that has far-reaching appeal.

Summer Term
Year 12 Term 3:

Thème 1: Unité 3
Le monde du travail:
This unit zooms in on the world of work in France, focusing on
- Work life balance and attitudes towards work in France
- Reasons why people strike, their rights and trade union intervention
- Gender discrimination in the workplace

Thème 2: Unité 6
Les festivals et les traditions:
This unit investigates French festivals and traditions focusing on
- Celebrations in francophone countries
- Learning more about French and francophone festivals
- Customs and traditions in France
- Customs and traditions in francophone countries

La Littérature:
No et Moi (Delphine de Vigan)
Alongside Themes 1 and 2 throughout your first year of study, you will study a book in the target language.
No et Moi is a timely and thought-provoking novel about homelessness that has far-reaching appeal.

How does this subject develop the whole child?

Cultural Capital Development
The study of Modern Foreign Languages at Kingsmead exposes all students to different ways of living and different cultures, encouraging them to examine their own experiences and traditions, be tolerant and curious of other cultures and acknowledge how they differ across the world, particularly in the Francophone countries. Specific parts of lessons focused on cultural capital are embedded in all schemes of learning at all key stages. At Key Stages 4 and 5, the curriculum content involves students questioning key issues in society that may be local, regional or global and evaluating them, developing both critical and analytical skills through discussion and debate. By the nature of the subject being taught, students are consistently exposed to new cultural experiences be it through the topics delivered, foreign language films and songs. Cultural capital is explicitly built into the curriculum and extracurricular activities. For example, the GCSE topic of social and global issues encourages discussion of poverty and homelessness in the UK and abroad as well as environmental issues whilst at Key Stage 5 topics such as discrimination, marginalisation and racism are studied at greater depth. These topics lend themselves to discussion and debate; the ability to critically and analytically consider literature and film is addressed in the Key Stage 5. Trips are organised to the target language countries, where students are fully exposed to cultural capital, which all attract interest from students. All trips are of educational value and are of cross-curricular interest.

Cross Curricular Links and Projects
The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for the reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.

Opportunities to develop your Leadership Skills through this subject
There are many opportunities within language lessons to develop your leaderships skills some are mentioned below:
- Leading a group by teaching your peers an important aspect of learning this could be an important grammar point
- Planning and preparing a lesson with peers to deliver to primary students during visits to Kingsmead
-Developing games or resources for peers and other language learners

Links to developing extended writing, reading and numeracy
Mathematical thinking skills are promoted within the context of language learning, for example in searching for patterns or breaking down problems and logical thinking. In addition to learning to count, do simple numeracy and telling the time using an analogue clock in the target language are some examples of where numeracy is used within the MFL classroom.

Learning a language is complementary and utilises generic literacy, reading and extended writing skills that supports students in improving their overall literacy through knowledge of grammar, attention to detail and proofreading, oracy and broadening their vocabulary as well as revisiting and consolidating of concepts and skills learned in the first language. These natural links allow students to improve their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others. Language learning also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community, and learning another language can do a great deal to shape student’s ideas in this critical area as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language and the improvement of literacy.

Exam Boards and Links
Edexcel - GCSE French
Edexcel - A Level French

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