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Modern Foreign Languages


Mrs V Iveson

Mr J Floate


In MFL, we aim to maintain and stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in French.

We enable each student to achieve his/her potential in a variety of situations, using all available resources appropriately, to ensure the highest level of achievement.


We work on developing the ability to use French for purposes of practical communication   enabling pupils to be familiar with a body of knowledge, skills and vocabulary. We encourage positive attitudes to learning French, and a sympathetic approach to another culture. 


All students are given the opportunity to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities, contributing to the development of core skills such as I.T, reading, writing and speaking.


The school offers French from Year 7 to year 11 students entering in September 2015.


As well as using a great amount of authentic materials, we use the Expo text books (Expo 1, 2, 3 Vert – Rouge, Expo 4 AQA). All language classrooms are equipped with interactive white-boards, networked resources and internet access. Pupils also have access to ICT suites. We subscribe to Vocab-Express for year 7 to 11.


Key Stage 3:

• At KS3 we aim to promote confident, enjoyable use of the four language learning skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. We aim to base this on a sound and accurate knowledge of grammatical structures.

A whole variety of resources are used as well as on-line resources. Pupils’ creativity and independence are encouraged by a whole variety of activities and projects.

Key Stage 4:

Pupils choose to opt for one two year full GCSE course in French. We have chosen AQA as an examination board.

The courses build on and develop the language skills and the grammatical knowledge taught at KS3.

These courses aim:

  • to give pupils a clear knowledge of how language works
  • to foster clear and effective communication
  • to offer insights into a different culture


For GCSE French the examination board is AQA. Students complete a number of formal controlled assessments in speaking and writing during the course. The best two assessments in each skill are selected by the teacher and submitted to the exam board. Additionally, students undertake reading and listening exams. The two units account for 20% of the overall mark, while speaking and writing each account for 30%.

GCSE French Syllabus with AQA: