Modern Foreign Languages

Learning Overviews

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In Years 5 and 6 at St Edward’s, pupils begin a language course in French, with one lesson per week, taught in mixed ability classes. This increases to 3 MFL lessons per week in Years 7 and 8. There are opportunities to use websites and French readers outside of lessons.

In Year 8, all pupils are also taught a short course in Spanish and German in addition to French in order to prepare them for High School.

We have a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including the annual Year 7 Visit to France, visiting French Actors, the French Café on Open Evening, lunch time Languages Club and the celebration of the European Day of Languages. Many of our Year 8 pupils correspond with a French penfriend. On arrival at St Edward’s in Year 5, many pupils will have studied Spanish for at least two years at their first school, which introduces them to key concepts such as gender and forming simple sentences. They may then keep their Spanish up to scratch by attending Spanish Club during lunch hours if they wish.

We also offer pupils the chance to purchase language magazines and we recommend a list of useful websites.

In Year 9 at Westwood College, pupils will continue to study French and will also be offered classes in German or Spanish, before choosing their G.C.S.E. options for Year 10.

Course content

Year 5 and 6 French

Pupils learn to greet people, to talk about themselves and others, their families, their homes, their pets, their likes and dislikes, the weather and some basic leisure activities. They learn numbers, days, months, dates, clothes, colours, names of classroom objects and how to describe people. They learn more about the concepts of number and gender, the use of adjectives including possessives, simple negatives and the present tense of the irregular verbs ‘to be’ and ‘to have’ as well as recognising the ‘-ER’ verb pattern. They learn some facts about France.

Year 7 French

Pupils learn how to describe the weather, to ask for and give directions, to ask for items in shops and in restaurants, to tell the time, to describe their school day, to respond politely to enquiries, to express opinions and to talk about sport and leisure and to use French money. They learn names of places in a town, ordinal numbers, school subjects, food and drink, shops, names of sports and musical instruments.

They learn the present tense of regular ‘-ER’ verbs, as well as some common irregular verbs. They are introduced to some basic past and future tense phrases. They learn reflexive verbs in the present tense. They learn more possessive adjectives, the partitive article, how to use ‘à’ and ‘de’ with the definite article, the negative and several prepositions. They learn some facts about life in France and its towns.

Year 8 French

Pupils learn names of countries, modes of transport, gifts and souvenirs, parts of the body and common illnesses. They learn to describe their plans for the weekend, to give a detailed account of a past holiday. They learn to give opinions and reasons, to say where it hurts and to ask questions.

They learn the present tense of regular ‘–IR’ and ‘–RE’ verbs, as well as some common irregular verbs. They use verbs in the future, the perfect and the imperative and work with more adjectives, adverbs, connectives and pronouns. More able pupils will be introduced to the imperfect tense.


Pupils learn to ask and answer questions orally, to pronounce foreign words accurately, to participate in simple conversations and to give short presentations. They learn to understand progressively more difficult pieces spoken and written in the foreign language by following simple strategies. They learn to follow instructions given in the language. They learn to formulate sentences and paragraphs, firstly by following examples and, later, independently. They learn to redraft written work, including the use of ICT and to use ICT programs to learn and consolidate vocabulary. They learn to memorise vocabulary and grammar, to use a bilingual dictionary and to read simple books in French. They gain a deeper understanding of grammar, especially verb tenses. Pupils work collaboratively, in pairs and in groups, and learn to express and justify opinions in the target language.



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