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Meadowhead School

Meadowhead SchoolAcademy Trust


Our Vision

Our MFL curriculum is designed to ensure that Meadowhead students:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language;
  • Speak and write with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say;
  • Recognise and use grammatical rules and a range of vocabulary to communicate effectively; and
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of foreign languages and other cultures.

We want every student at Meadowhead School to experience the fun and satisfaction of a foreign language. Being able to communicate in another language opens up doors to a wider range of better-paid jobs, new friends, and a more understanding world view. The future needs open-minded, forward-thinking, more tolerant linguists.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart” - Nelson Mandela, South African politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once” – Czech proverb

 Key stage 3 (7-9) 

Please click the hyperlinks to access the knowledge organisers
  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Term 1

Describing a person or thing

Saying what people have

Distinguishing between having and being

Talking about a thing or a person

Talking about doing and making things

Extended reading


My world


In Town

• Places in town• Saying what there is and is not • Asking for and giving directions •The verb aller   •  Saying where you’re going • Monuments of Paris • Near future tense

Leisure and Holidays

• sports • musical instruments • leisure activities  • modal structures • frequency phrases • holiday activities in future • ideal holiday destinations.


Relationships with family and friends

• Talk about family and friends •Use “avoir” and “être” in present tense • use adjectives • Use reflexive verbs

Marriage and Partnership

• talk about personal relationships • talk about future relationships • use comparatives•full paradigm of “aller” • use near future tense • use future tense time  markers

À la maison     

• Describing your home     •   using negative phrases   •  adjectives • prepostions  •  chores • bedroom furniture • places in town •  activities in town 

Assessment Writing and translation Reading, translation and writing Listening and reading
Term 2

Talking about my age

Talking about my birthday

Talking about my appearance

Knowledge Organiser


Saying where people go

Extended reading

Talk about yourself, to and about, someone else

Clothes and shopping •items of clothing • adjectives • Numbers to 100 • question formation • making a complaint • comparatives

Free time•Music •TV programmes • types of films • Perfect tense with AVOIR • time markers 


Food and Eating out • breakfast • lunch • types of cuisine • ordering food

Food – consolidate perfect tense. Transactional language in restaurants/cafés.

Assessment Listening, reading, and writing Listening, reading, and writing Reading
Term 3

Asking questions

Using question words

Saying people do not do something

Describing things and people

Expressing future intentions

Saying what you want to do and must do

Saying what you can (not) and (do not) know how to do

Extended reading

Body and Health,

• Body parts  • Illness  • advice  •going to the doctors/chemist, •sports  • healthy lifestyle

Festivals. • French festivals • celebrations • perfect tense with être • daily routine• reflexives with être.


Key stage 4 (10-11) 

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1 Technology; School subjects and School Life Environment; Future plans and  higher educationhigher education
Assessment Writing Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing
Term 2 Holidays and Tourism; Healthy and unhealthy living Poverty and homelessness; and choice of career
Assessment Reading GCSE Speaking Exam
Term 3 Retrieval of units 1 – 5 with focus on transactional language and Exam Skills.

Exam practice.

WPALM revision resource

GCSE 90 word writing mat

GCSE 150 word writing mat
Assessment Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing N/A

 Key stage 5 (12-13)

  Year 12 Year 13
Term 1 The changing family; and the digital world; La Haine Exclusion; Prison systems; and La Haine
Term 2 Volunteering; music; La Haine; and Cultural Heritage Youth politics; trade unions and strikes; and La Haine.
Assessment Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Term 3 Cinema; IRP launched; multicultural society Immigration
Assessment Assessment week – speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Resit Trials

Useful websites;

Extra-curricular / enrichment

Trips and exchanges abroad, access to Foreign Language Assistant, Homework Support Club, KS4 weekly revision sessions, February and Easter holiday revision sessions