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City of Peterborough Academy

KS3 & KS4 Languages (MFL)

KS3 Languages

The focus in KS3 for MFL is to develop knowledge in the four key skills required when learning a Modern Foreign Language - reading, writing, listening and speaking, with an emphasis on pronunciation. The pupils are assessed in all four skills every half term to ensure progression and attainment is achieved. French and Spanish are taught in Year 7 and Year 8.

Year 7 French

Throughout the Autumn term, pupils learn to talk about themselves and family members, including pets and where they live. They also learn about classroom objects and are be able to give opinions and reasons. Furthermore, they will learn the numbers 1-40.

Throughout the Spring term, their knowledge of talking about where they live is developed and they will learn to talk about what there is in their town and asking for and giving directions. They will learn how to tell the time and talk about Academy subjects which again will extend their knowledge of giving opinions and reasons.

Another focus will be on describing people, both physically and their characteristics which will teach them how to make adjectival agreements. The present tense will be introduced and pupils will learn how to talk about their hobbies and sports. To raise the attainment of the pupils, a second tense will be introduced - the near future tense - and pupils will be taught how to talk about future holiday plans. Number skills will be developed to 100. Revision of all topics will also be undertaken for their Year 7 examinations.

Throughout the Summer term, pupils will be learning to talk about clothes and extending their vocabulary when describing people which again reinforces adjectival agreements. The near future tense is included in this topic and the pupils will be able to use both the present and future tenses, to again ensure progression. Also, they will be learning how to make and respond to invitations including more developed opinions and reasons. The emphasis for this term will be on developing the pupil’s skills in all of the four areas detailed above, particularly speaking and the use of target language will be encouraged. We will also be focusing on using a combination of the present tense and near future tense including time phrases and connectives and developing and extending paragraphs.

Year 8 French

Pupils have learnt to discuss television programmes and share their opinions on different genres. Pupils have studied shops and clothes they may buy when they go shopping. Descriptions of mealtimes and food have developed their cultural understanding and adjectival agreement. Pupils have been taught to describe photos and use the language in a spontaneous manner in line with the new specifications at GCSE. Pupils have studied holidays to maximise exposure to longer texts in all three tenses to ensure maximum progress has been achieved.

Year 9 French

Year 7 Spanish

Throughout the Autumn term, pupils learn to talk about themselves and family members, including pets and where they live. They also learn about classroom objects and are be able to give opinions and reasons. Furthermore, they will learn the numbers 1-40. A cultural focus will be introduced to compare Christmas in Spain and England.

Throughout the Spring term, their knowledge of talking about where they live is developed and they will learn to talk about what there is in their town and asking for and giving directions. They will learn about pets. Another focus will be on describing people, both physically and their characteristics which will teach them how to make adjectival agreements. Number skills will be developed to 100. Pupils will be able to describe their house in detail and understand prepositions. They will also be able to talk about evening activities and will learn how to use the present tense. We will be looking at tradition and cultural differences surrounding Easter.

Throughout the Summer term, pupils will be learning how to tell the time in Spanish and learn how to ask for directions.  They will also learn about food and drink and develop their knowledge of giving opinions with reasons.  We will be learning about school subjects and studying daily routine as well as revising all topics in preparation for examinations.

Year 8 & 9 Spanish

Pupils have learnt to discuss the life of a celebrity and talk about their own free time. Pupils described weekend plans using more than one tense to maximise their progress. In the spring term, pupils learnt about food and have discussed cultural issues within this topic. Pupils have been taught to describe photos and use the language in a spontaneous manner in line with the new specifications at GCSE. Throughout the year pupils have been given opportunity to master their translation techniques, again in line with the new GCSE specification.

Assessments are taken in all four skills at the end of each termin both subjects:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening

In line with the new Programme of Study for KS3, there is a specific focus on using authentic materials, translation (into both English and Spanish) and dictation. Pupils are actively encouraged to develop a love of learning to last a lifetime, raising career aspirations and broadening their horizons. 

KS4 French & Spanish

Our Key Stage 4 pupils follow the AQA specification for French and Spanish. To ensure pupils are fully equipped for the AQA examinations, over the course of Year 10 and 11 in Spanish and French, pupils will cover three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers. Pupils are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where Spanish or French is spoken. Our scheme of learning encourages Pupils to develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of Spanish or French will broaden their horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world. 

Pupils study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

The qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Students will be entered for either Higher Tier (grades 4–9) or Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) examinations at the end of Year 11. Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.

Pupils at the City of Peterborough Academy are provided with a vocabulary booklet at the start of Year 10 containing all of the vocabulary required in the examinations. As part of independent study students are required to spend time memorising vocabulary from their booklet throughout the course to expand their vocabulary in the foreign language. Students are also encourage to take advantage of the authentic materials available in our Academy library.

MFL Staff

Head of Languages & Language Development Mrs R Spencer
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages Mrs H Souifi
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages Mrs F Hopkins
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages Ms M Bailey
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages Mrs J Boulton