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)
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|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
• Greetings • Name and Age • Numbers 1 – 31 •Months •Birthdays •
Alphabet • Classroom Language
• Family members• Adjectives of personality• pets • colours • hair and eyes • countries
• 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
• sports • musical instruments • leisure activities • modal structures • frequency phrases • holiday activities in future • ideal holiday destinations.
• Talk about family and friends •Use “avoir” and “être” in present tense • use adjectives • Use reflexive verbs
• talk about personal relationships • talk about future relationships • use comparatives•full paradigm of “aller” • use near future tense • use future tense time markers
• 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|
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|
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.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|
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