Modern Languages

Being able to communicate in another language is a life skill that plays an essential part in becoming a true global citizen.

The internet and travel make the world seem a smaller place. However, our communication with other countries and cultures gives us a better understanding of the world we live in. We aim to inspire students to use the languages we teach with confidence. The skills gained by learning a language complement other curriculum areas and are viewed favourably by employers and universities.

Curriculum and Qualifications

Key Stage 3

The KS3 curriculum is structured to enable students to develop skills and linguistic competence within a range of topic areas.

Year 7: Half a year of German / half a year of French. Students can then opt for the language they wish to continue studying in Years 8 & 9. This will then be the language they can opt for at GCSE.

In Year 7, students will cover the following in both languages:

  • Culture
  • Pronunciation
  • Numbers
  • Basic questions and answers
  • Opinions
  • Plus one extra topic

Years 8 & 9:  Chosen language.

In Years 8 & 9, students will cover a range of topics in their chosen language including:

  • School
  • Jobs
  • Leisure
  • Family
  • Media
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Local area
  • Social issues
  • Holidays
  • Cultural events

KS3 students will be assessed during the course of, and sometimes at the end of, each unit of work. We will assess different skill areas at different times (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Students’ performance in these assessments combined with their work in class and homework will be used to assess progress.

Textbooks: 'Stimmt' and 'Studio' published by Pearson.

Key Stage 4

Students at KS4 will build on knowledge gained in KS3 and cover a range of structures and vocabulary in the following topic areas:

  • Identity and culture: family and friends/technology/free time/customs and festivals
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest: local area/social issues/global issues/travel
  • Current and future study and employment: my studies/life at school/education post-16/jobs

Students will continue to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Students will take terminal exams in all four skill areas and can be entered at either Foundation or Higher Level. The level at which students are entered is based on their progress during the course. Each skill is worth 25% of the final grade.

For more information on the specifications and qualifications at GCSE level, please use the links below:

Textbooks: 'Stimmt' and 'Studio' published by Pearson.

Revision guides: CGP Revision Guide and Workbook


Aims of homework:

  • To give students the opportunity to consolidate/improve/extend their classroom learning.
  • To help students develop independent learning skills.
  • To allow students to use their preferred way of working/learning to complete tasks.

Students in KS3 should get MFL homework once every two weeks as a minimum.

Students in KS4 should get MFL homework every week as well as ongoing learning homework on the Memrise website.

Homework is set according to school policy and the types of task may include:

  • Activities on online websites
  • Completing worksheets
  • Grammar exercises
  • Revision
  • Research
  • Written work/translation tasks
  • Reading/listening tasks

Linguascope is the main website used for vocabulary learning at KS3:           Username: ecoleuff           Password: Uffculme18 (Beginners)

The above website can also be used by KS4 students by going to the 'Intermediate' sections.

KS4 students should have their own Memrise account. This has all the KS4 vocabulary uploaded and students can access sound files referred to in their revision guides using the link just inside the guide's front cover.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

There are a variety of opportunities for students to get involved with extra curricular activities within the MFL department, including:

  • Annual MFL Speaking Competition (held at Pilton Community College in Barnstaple)
  • Trip to the German Christmas Markets in Cologne each December
  • French Exchange to Normandy run by Mr Laurence Eve
  • Bi-annual trip to Paris during Activities Week
  • 'Aspire' Mandarin workshop

If you require further information about the Modern Foreign Languages curriculum at KS3 or KS4, please contact Mrs Stone, Head of Department, at