Course Overviews

 Overviews of courses

Quick links: KS3 KS4 KS5 PLTS (Personal Learning & Thinking Skills)

The purpose of these overviews is to give students and parents a clear understanding of the content, progress and expectations for the core task assessments in each skill, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing. All students will be required to attach a copy of the overviews to their exercise books at the start of each unit.

For Key Stage 3 there are 6 units per course per year which roughly correspond to the half-terms.
Depending on the date for Easter, Units 4 may overlap with the first half-term of the Summer term. Key Stage 4 programmes of study vary slightly according to the language and materials used.

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 KS4 German

 KS4 French

 KS4 Spanish



Course Aims:

By Year 9 pupils should know what is involved in learning a language and have a range of strategies and skills for collecting or researching new language from the sources they meet. They should be able to engage with native speakers, writers and texts of various kinds for purposes of real communication, to extract real information, or to read, listen or view for their own enjoyment.

  • Parents wishing to know more about the courses offered can get up-to-date information on our website at  
  • Students will be able to experience another European language during the summer term during one of their 3 allocated MFL weekly lessons. The object of this is to improve their language learning strategies and cognitive linguistic skills. 
  • A half-termly leaflet detailing the course-content is issued to each student and can also be downloaded from the website; click on “Key Stage 3 Overviews” on the navigation bar on the left-hand side.

Skills Required and Course Content:

Year 7


Meeting & greeting

School & school objects

Counting / Birthdays

Classroom vocabulary


France: History and geography

Family & animals

Presenting yourself and physical description

Where you live

House & home

What you do in the evening

Telling the time

The French-speaking world

In town

Asking & giving directions

Expressing opinions

Ordering food and drinks


Daily routine

School subjects

Giving reasons

After school

How schools work in France

Sport & games

Musical instruments

Hobbies & pass-times

At the leisure centre


Years  8

German / Spanish

First year of study

As for Year 7 French with reference to German / Spanish speaking countries and cultures

Year 8

Second year


Talking about yourself

Describing past events

Saying where you have been

Describing your routine

Social activities

Entertainment (Cinema)

Family & friends

What you like doing

Parts of the body

Illness & medical problems

Food & shopping


Paris& the metro

Use of the past tense

What you would like to do



Where you have been & what you have done






Year 9

Second year

German / Spanish

Personal information



Saying what you did yesterday

Telling the time

Holidays & Transport

Buying tickets

Lost & found

Writing a holiday postcard

Parts of the body & health

At the doctors & keeping fit

Daily routine

Describing a busy week


Opinions about food

At the market

Spending & saving


Describing a journey






TV preferences

Saying what you would like to do



Year 9


Discovering France

Describing a town

Your town

Families & home

Making requests

Preparations for a party

Talking about relationships with people

Using the past and future tenses

Perfect & imperfect tenses

Keeping fit &  healthy eating

Imperatives / how to give advice

Clothes & fashion

Talking about music

Understanding the news

Talking about the future

The weather

Arranging a trip


Assessment & Deadlines:

 Formal assessments are carried out at the end of every unit. Other formative assessments take place with due notice and suitable preparation via class and homework. The performance of pupils in class work and homework in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are assessed and formative comments given to the students indicating what they need to do to improve their level.

Awards are issued termly for students who excel in each class relative to his/her ability. Deadlines for revision or the submission of work are given by the class teacher and recorded in the pupils’ diaries. The vast majority of students are targeted at level 6+ by the end of year 9.

Students are issued with an overview sheet for every unit containing objectives and assessment criteria. Parents can access these via our website at

Extended Learning:

  • Homework consisting of approximately 1 hour is set weekly on a specific day. A completion date will be given and may take the form of any one or combination of the four skills. Students will use their text book as their primary resource.
  • The library maintains and increasing stock of printed, audio cassette / CD, video, DVD and CD rom material to support students and their parents.
  • The department organises an exchange annually with our partner school in France, which are open to students in Years 8 and 9. There are other language based activities throughout the school year which are announced in the news letter.
  • Pen-friend schemes with students in our French and German partner schools are also offered to pupils.
  • German, Spanish and French day trips to the Europa centre are offered.
  • The department has a web site with up-to-date learning resources and information for parents. Your can access the site via the curriculum link on the school’s home-page or directly via


  KS4 French

  KS4 German

  KS4 Spanish