Modern Foreign Languages

Bienvenue! ¡Bienvenidos! Wilkommen!

We really appreciate the value of language learning at St Edward’s C of E Academy.  Pupils in all year groups study French, with our Year 8 pupils picking up a short course in Spanish and German.

Our curriculum gives importance to the three pillars of language learning; phonics, vocabulary and grammar. We cover all four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and we vary our teaching using ICT, games, songs, flashcards, videos and listening materials etc.  We believe that learning a language promotes intercultural understanding and social interaction.

MFL Faculty Team

Mrs J Skelding – Faculty Leader                 

Mrs E Salmon

Mrs M Stavrou

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 2 and 3:

Key Stage 2

Pupils learn to greet people, to talk about themselves and others, their families, their homes, their pets, their likes and dislikes. They learn numbers, days, months, dates, clothes, colours, names of classroom objects and how to describe people. Pupils learn about French phonics and the link between sound and spelling. 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 the culture and geography of France.

Key Stage 3

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 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 to describe their plans for the weekend, to give a detailed account of a past holiday. They learn to give opinions and reasons, and to ask questions.

Pupils learn the present tense of regular ‘-ER’, ‘–IR’ and ‘–RE’ verbs, as well as some common irregular verbs. 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 more about life in France and its towns and other French speaking countries.  In Year 8, pupils use verbs in the future, the perfect tense and the imperative and work with more adjectives, adverbs, connectives and pronouns.  Pupils will be taught to recognise and use some verbs in the imperfect tense.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Opportunities

Annual Year 7 Visit to France (Covid permitting)

Celebration of the European Day of Languages each September

Weekly lunch time Languages Club (which includes other languages)

French breakfast as part of our Year 7 Food and Drink topic

French penfriends in Key Stage 3 with our link school in Provence.

Visiting French Actors

The French Café on Open Evening

Useful Websites for Language Learning: