Department Vision:

The MFL department at SFX offers Spanish and French to all the boys from year 7 onwards. We aim to provide our pupils with strong linguistic skills which will enable them to travel and choose from a wider range of careers. We also give them a taste of different cultures and traditions, and pride ourselves in giving them a well-rounded insight to modern life in French and Spanish speaking countries.

Our language teachers understand the importance of using a variety of activities and a wide range of interactive equipment. The inclusion of other subjects in our lessons (such as IT, geography, numeracy and literacy), is also a priority to us as we want our pupils to realise that the use of languages is not restricted to the classroom, but reaches all areas of life.

We are very proud of the excellent results achieved by our pupils at both GCSE and A Level.


Spanish Curriculum Information

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, pupils receive a firm foundation in what will be for most their first year of foreign language learning. We seek to develop their precision in the production of the sounds of French and Spanish and in speaking, often in short utterances with growing confidence. They should be developing the ability to write short paragraphs giving their opinions on familiar topics and develop an understanding of grammatical concepts such as the agreement of person and number. In reading and listening, they should be able to pick out the main points from shorter texts.

• In Year 8, the objectives reflect this secure start and promote acceleration in language acquisition. The pupils cover more topics and begin to develop their skills in vocabulary acquisition and research skills using simplified pedagogical grammar reference materials and dictionaries. In speaking, we build on the Year 7 skills with a further introduction of “grouptalk” to develop fluency. Pupils will be able to write at greater length and make reference to present and future events, since the grammatical content will cover at least two tenses and time frames. In reading and listening, the pupils will work on the extraction of finer detail from longer texts.

• In Year 9, the objectives are designed to promote pupils’ independence as language learners. In speaking activities, we push pupils to express and justify in greater depth their own views and agree and disagree with others – as part of our “grouptalk” syllabus. They will be able to write with reference to past, present and future events. Some will also be able to make reference to unreal or hypothetical events using the conditional tense. In reading and listening, the pupils will be expected to cope with reading for gist and detail on texts covering a range of the topics which have been covered across Key Stage 3.

Within this overall intent, there is scope for variation. For example, some Year 7 pupils may already be working on objectives from Year 8, while others may continue with the Year 7 objectives for longer than one year. What is important it that we have laid a firm foundation for later language development. Below are the specific topic areas covered on our Key Stage 3 courses.

Year 7

  • Term 1 Topics: Talking about yourself, Talking about school
  • Term 2 Topics: Talking about my family, Talking about my house
  • Term 3 Topics: Talking about my freetime, A visit to Madrid

Year 8

  • Term 1 Topics: Describing people, Making plans
  • Term 2 Topics: Talking about holidays, Talking about food
  • Term 3 Topics: Talking about clothes/fashion, A visit to Barcelona

Year 9

  • Term 1 Topics: Talking about the media, Talking about school
  • Term 2 Topics: Talking about healthy living, The worold of work
  • Term 3 Topics: The Spanish-speaking world, A visit to Bilbao


Key Stage 4

EDEXCEL GCSE (Linear) Spanish

Following a course in GCSE Modern Foreign Languages should encourage students to derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning, and be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. Learners should recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society and also provide them with a suitable basis for further study and practical use of the language. The GCSE Spanish specification should prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

The GCSE specification in Spanish will enable learners to:

  • develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts
    develop knowledge of the language and language learning skills
    develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language
    develop awareness and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken.

Candidates will be required to:

  • listen and respond to different types of language
    communicate in speech for a variety of purposes
    read and respond to different types of written language
    communicate in writing for a variety of purposes
    use and understand a range of vocabulary and structures
    understand and apply the grammar of the language, as detailed in the specification

The content that will be studied will cover the following broad contexts:

  • Identity and culture
    Local area, holiday, travel
    Future aspirations, study and work
    International and global dimension

Candidates should be able to use language for the following purposes:

  • to say which languages they speak and how well
    to greet and address someone appropriately in the language
    to state whether or not something is understood
    to ask for something to be repeated
    to spell and to ask how something is spelt
    to ask what things are called in the target language
    to ask someone to speak more slowly
    to ask for explanation, clarification and help to make apologies
    to ask if something is correct
    to initiate a conversation
    to express agreement or disagreement
    to state preferences and give reasons
    to ask permission to do things
    to complain
    to ask for and offer help
    to give and seek opinions

Year 10

  • Term 1 Topics: Holidays, School
    Term 2 Topics: Family & friends, Free time & Sports
    Term 3 Topics: Places in town/directions, Food/daily routine

Year 11

  • Term 1 Topics: Future aspirations, study and work
    Term 2 Topics: International and Global dimension/Environment
    Term 3 Topics: Revision, Speaking assessments, Exam practice

Key Stage 5


Year  12

  • Term 1 Topics: Bridging grammar, Modern and traditional values, Spanish regional identity
    Term 2 Topics: Cyberspace, Modern day idols
    Term 3 Topics: Equal rights, Cultural heritage (Literary work/film)

Year 13

  • Term 1 Topics: Social issues, Current affairs
    Term 2 Topics: Political life in Spain and the Hispanic world
    Term 3 Topics: Revision & Exam Practice

French Curriculum Information

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Term 1 Topics: Meeting and greeting, Talking about myself
  • Term 2 Topics: Talking about my family, Talking about my house
  • Term 3 Topics: Talking about my free time, Discussing my likes and dislikes

Year 8

  • Term 1 Topics: My school, My hobbies
  • Term 2 Topics: Describing my town, Holidays
  • Term 3 Topics: Project about holiday, Presentation + speaking skills

Year 9

  • Term 1 Topics: Social networks, Sport and fitness
  • Term 2 Topics: Future plans, The world of work
  • Term 3 Topics: The French-speaking world, Francophone project


Key Stage 4

Year 10

  • Term 1 Topics: Where I live, Personal information /description, School
  • Term 2 Topics: Travel, Future plans
  • Term 3 Topics: Illness/parts of the body, Free time

Year 11

  • Term 1 Topics: Holidays, Describing accidents/problems
  • Term 2 Topics: The world of work, The environment
  • Term 3 Topics: Exam practice


Key Stage 5

Year  12

  • Term 1 Topics: Bridging grammar, Healthy living, France and the French-speaking world, Tourism
  • Term 2 Topics: Education, New technologies, Work and unemployment, Relationships
  • Term 3 Topics: Exam practice (AS), Cultural studies (Les Choristes)

Year 13

  • Term 1 Topics: Racism, Immigration, French suburbs (film La Haine), Cultural Studies (L’Étranger), film studies (Les Choristes)
  • Term 2 Topics: The environment, Media
  • Term 3 Topics: Exam practice

Department Staff:

  • Mrs C. Thiery - Head of French
  • Mr J. Hepworth - Head of Spanish
  • Mr J. Testard
  • Miss A. Vaughan

Department Courses:

Key Stage 3:

Schemes of work in line with the National Curriculum

Key Stage 4:

GCSE French & Spanish (Edexcel)

Key Stage 5:

A Level French & Spanish (AQA)

Out of Hours Activities:


As per NightOwl Timetable

Theatre/Art/Cinema Trips:


University Languages Visits:

KS4 & 5

School exchanges to France and Spain:

KS4 & 5

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