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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


• Greetings • Name and Age • Numbers 1 – 31 •Months •Birthdays •

Alphabet • Classroom Language

My world

• Family members• Adjectives of personality• pets • colours • hair and eyes • countries 

• Nationalities

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

School  and School life subjects, teachers times, • days of week •routine opinions reasons present tense• reflexive verbs

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

House and home life;• Rooms • furniture • prepositions • activities at home • furniture •descriptions of room • ideal house.

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

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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