Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Language programmes we offer develop pupils’ cultural awareness, teach them the fundamentals of communicating effectively in a foreign language, and equip them with the skills they need to progress to a global marketplace. They promote a healthy attitude of tolerance and understanding and help pupils to see beyond the microcosms of their own communities, providing an insight into the similarities and differences between contrasting cultures, along with the traditions that help to inform them.

Pupils will learn how to convey vital information about themselves, their families and their lives, and will also master essential phrases, such as how to ask for directions, order food, and organise social engagements. Pronunciation and grammar will be key components of the course, ensuring pupils are able to communicate through both spoken and written mediums.

Pupils will also learn a variety of valuable transferrable skills whilst undertaking a MFL, such as communication, problem-solving, creativity, ICT, literacy, numeracy and performance skills.

The academy currently offers Arabic and French at KS3, and Arabic only at KS4.

Curriculum Overview –  French
Year 7 Year 8
  • Greetings
  • Classroom instructions
  • Numbers and the alphabet
  • Family
  • My town
  • Rooms and furniture
  • Time and weather
  • Daily routine
  • Grammar
  • School
  • Food
  • Hobbies
  • Translation skills
  • Me, my family and friends
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Home and town
  • Neighbourhood and regions
  • My studies
  • Free time activities
  • Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries
  • Translation skills
Curriculum Overview – Arabic
Year 7 Year 8
  • Alphabet
  • Colours
  • Days of the week
  • Animals
  • Food and drink
  • Past tense
  • Present tense
  • Duals and plurals
  • Connectives
  • Comparatives
  • Negatives
  • Sports
  • School
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Translation skills
  • Present tense
  • Future tense
  • Time and routines
  • Home
  • School
  • Film and cinema
  • Holidays
  • Accommodation
  • Health and fitness
  • Work
  • Sports
  • School rules and pressures
  • Negatives
  • Translation skills
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Who am I?: relationships; when I was younger; what my friends and family are like;
  • What makes a good friend; interests; socialising with friends and family; role models
  • Daily life: customs and everyday life; food and drink; shopping; social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages)
  • Cultural life: celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television

Theme 2: Local area, holiday and travel

  • Holidays: preferences; experiences; destinations
  • Travel and tourist transactions: travel and accommodation; asking for help and dealing with problems; directions; eating out; shopping
  • Town, region and country: weather; places to see; things to do

Theme 3: School

  • What school is like: school types; school day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating
  • School activities: school trips; events and exchanges

Theme 4: Future aspirations, study and work

  • Using languages beyond the classroom: forming relationships; travel; employment
  • Ambitions: further study; volunteering; training
  • Work: jobs; careers and professions


Theme 5: International and global dimension

  • Bringing the world together: sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes
  • Environmental issues: being ‘green’; access to natural resources

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification (Arabic): EdExcel GCSE Arabic (1AA0)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers a range of enrichment clubs, leads overseas educational visits and runs regular competitions. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.

Useful Resources and Revision Support