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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

Please click the hyperlinks to access the knowledge organisers

Key stage 3 (7-9)

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Term 1

All about me

Talking about my name + age

Talking about birthday

Talking about my appearance

All about my family

Saying who is in my family and their ages

Describing my family (physical description)

Describing my family (personality)


Knowledge Organisers:

HT1 name, age, appearance

HT2 family, personality

My Town

Describing where I live

Asking for directions and saying where I’m going

Say what you can do in my town


Historical and cultural background

Things to do in Berlin

Planning a visit


Knowledge Organisers:
HT1: where do you live?
HT1:what can you do there?
HT1: where is?
HT1: do you like living here?
HT2: what is there in Berlin?
HT2: what will you do in Berlin?
HT2: what can you do in Berlin?


Describing your family

Expressing opinions about family

Explaining why you get along with family

Explaining why you don’t get along

Qualities of a good friend

Future plans

Describing a person whom you admire

Knowledge Organisers:

HT1 How many people are in your family?

HT1 What do you think of your family?

HT1 Do you get on well with your family?

HT1 Who don't you get along with?


Vocabulary tests.

Formative Listening

Summative Reading and Grammar

Formative Writing and Summative
eading and Grammar

Formative speaking and Summative Writing

Term 2

All about my school

Talking about my subjects

Giving opinions about my subjects

Activities at school

What is in my pencil case

What I wear for school

Teacher language in the classroom.


Knowledge Organisers:

HT 3&4 school, activities, likes



Saying where I will go and how I will travel

Weather and saying what I do

Using Present and Future tenses together

Research project on German or German speaking destination

Booking a hotel room

Describing my dream holiday

What do I need in my suitcase


Knowledge Organisers:
HT3: where do you travel on holiday?
HT3: what is the weather like?
HT3: what are you going to do?

HT4: at the hotel
HT4: describe your dream holiday

Free Time:

Music, TV, cinema, Sport,Intro past tense with just “spielen”

Move onto  regular past tense with haben  and  common irregular verbs

Transactional language in cinema.

Knowledge Organisers:

coming soon

Assessment Summative Writing and Grammar + Formative speaking Summative Writing and Grammar. Formative speaking. Reading and Listening
Term 3

All about my free time

Saying what sports I play

Saying what sports I do

Learning about the Tour de France


Knowledge Organisers:

HT5 where you live, about your house

HT6 sports


Saying what I have for breakfast

Shopping for food at the market

Saying what I like to eat / drink

Saying what you should eat / drink to be healthy

German speciality foods

Ordering food in a restaurant

Knowledge Organisers:
HT5: what do you eat for breakfast?
HT5: At the market
HT6: What do you like to eat?

HT6: What would you like to eat/drink?
HT6: What should you eat to stay healthy?

Healthy Lifestyle

Diet, exercise, physical wellbeing and mental wellbeing.

Retrieval of 3 tenses

Intro Past tense with SEIN (GEHEN ONLY)

Transactional language in doctor’s surgery / chemists.


Knowledge Organisers:

coming soon


Key stage 4 (10-11)

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1

Life at school; and holidays and travel.

Knowledge Organisers:

Life at school

 holidays and travel.

Environment; and charity and voluntary work

Knowledge Organisers:


charity and voluntary work.

Assessment Writing Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing
Term 2

University or work?; and healthy and unhealthy living.

Knowledge Organisers:

University or work;

healthy and unhealthy living.

Poverty and homelessness; and choice of career.

Knowledge Organisers:

Poverty and homelessness

 choice of career.

Assessment Reading GCSE Speaking Exam
Term 3

Social media; and marriage and partnerships

Knowledge Organisers:

Social media;

 marriage and partnerships            

Exam practice.
Assessment Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing N/A


Key stage 5 (12-13) 

  Year 12 and Year 13
Term 1

Aspects of German-speaking society (Family; the digital world; music, fashion & TV)

Artistic culture in the German-speaking world (customs and festivals; art & architecture, literature & film)

Term 2 Multiculturalism in German-speaking society (immigration integration & racism)
Assessment Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Term 3

Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world  (German and the EU; politics and youth; the reunification of Germany and its consequences; recession)

Assessment Resit Trials


Useful websites;


Extra-curricular / enrichment

Trips abroad

KS4 weekly revision sessions

February and Easter holiday revision sessions