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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

Introduction to the language;

Where is it? (Location)

What is it? (Existential)

What is it like? (Attributes)


A past holiday (countries, transport, accommodation, weather, and activities); describing a town; and directions.

Relationships with family and friends; and home.

Knowledge Organiser

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

What I and others can do/cannot do

Comparing lifestyles

saying what you prefer to do out of school

what is she doing/they are doing

talking about when you do things

Food and shopping;
Body parts; doctor’s surgery; and staying fit.

School and subjects; and music, cinema and TV.

Knowledge Organiser

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

What you and others do and when

Prepositions in and auf

Showing an interest in other people's families

A day in my life

Saying what there is and isn't in places

Can/must/want to do to improve lifestyle

Explaining the rules of a game

Comparing summer plans

Talking about going to places

Text immer höher

Cultural element

Daily routine;
Film and TV; technology; German festivals; and tourism in Germany.
Food and eating out; and sport.


Key stage 4 (10-11)

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1 Life at school; and holidays and travel. Environment; and charity and voluntary work.
Assessment Writing Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing
Term 2 University or work; and healthy and unhealthy living.

Poverty and homelessness; and choice of career.

Assessment Reading GCSE Speaking Exam
Term 3 Social media; and marriage and partnerships Exam practice.
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. Immigration; integration; and racism.
Term 2 Youth culture: music, fashion and TV; and festivals and traditions. Germany and the EU; and youth politics.
Assessment Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Trial exams – speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Term 3 Art and architecture; and the cultural life of Berlin The consequences of reunification
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