Year 7 Parents Evening - 14th June 5pm-7pm

Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Information about Modern Foreign Languages at King James I Academy

Teaching Staff

  • J Stephenson (Director of Learning)
  • P Grand

MFL Curriculum Intent

Learning a foreign language gives students a wide range of skills which can be used in a variety of contexts. Learning is themed around real world topics and issues which gradually introduces increasingly complex levels of language to stretch and challenge students.

By studying French/Spanish, students

  • Are provided with opportunities to become resilient and independent learners;
  • Develop a strong awareness of the culture of French or Spanish-speaking countries and benefit from opportunities to experience aspects of the culture through the regular use of authentic materials;
  • Learn how to communicate in another language using the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • Are encouraged to be inquisitive linguists, developing an understanding of etymology, grammar and how languages are interlinked;
  • Students are able to achieve and be successful in lessons. We celebrate the achievements of our linguists because learning a language is a great achievement.


Department Information

The MFL department aim to create and develop enthusiastic and independent learners. We are committed to establishing a learning environment that encourages students to feel confident about taking risks and developing informed opinions about the world around them. Our curriculum focuses on acquiring the skills needed to understand and use another language in real-life situations; we want students to reflect on and enhance their skills, ask questions and enjoy challenge, thereby making progress.

We have established pen pal links with schools in France, Spain and Mexico and students across the year groups regularly exchang letters with a French or Spanish-speaking student.


Key Stage 3


Year 7

Students study either French or Spanish and will continue with that language throughout Key Stage 3. Basic knowledge in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills is acquired in Year 7 so students are able to understand and use language to talk about themselves, their families, where they live, what they like to do in their free time. There is an emphasis on active listening and speaking skills and a range of resources including authentic materials are used.


Year 8

Students in year 8 build on prior knowledge from year 7 in order to develop the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing incorporating more complex language and they will learn how to use different tenses.

There are five main areas of study: Leisure Activities, Fashion, Holidays, Town and Future Plans. We use a variety of source materials in French and Spanish to support the learning throughout the year.


Year 9

Students in Year 9 build on and extend their knowledge from the previous two years of language learning. They will be able to use the past, present and future tenses in their work. They will also be able to take part in conversations and write longer pieces of French or Spanish about the environment, health, films and TV, the world of work and the French/Spanish-speaking world. 



Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Autumn Term 1

C’est Parti!/¡Hola!

Introductory unit covering greetings, numbers, alphabet, school equipment, basic likes and dislikes

Comment tu t-amuses? /En mi tiempo libre

Saying what you like doing in your free time, saying how often you do things, who with and giving an opinion

Pour rester en forme!/Mantenerse en forma

Describing a healthy lifestyle and giving advice on how to be healthy

Autumn Term 2

Au Collège/En el insti

Describing your school day, saying what you like / dislike about school, telling the time, using new verbs

En Ville/ En mi pueblo

Describing your town and what you can do there, giving and understanding directions

Au travail! /Al trabajo

Describing jobs and professions and talking about future plans, including writing a CV and applying for a job

Spring Term 1

En Famille/Mi Familia

Introducing and describing members of your family


A la mode! /Mi ropa

Talking about clothes, describing them, talking out your school uniform, buying clothes and shopping

Accro à la technologie

Different types of technology and how it is used.

Somos Asi

Talking about yourself, saying what you like and dislike and giving extended opinions

Spring Term 2

Chez Moi/Donde vivo yo

Saying where you live and describing your house, including your bedroom

T’es branché?/Todo sobre mi vida

Talking about films, TV programmes and opinions. Use of new technology and social media

SOS Terre!/ El medioambiente

Describing ways to protect the environment including global issues

Summer Term 1

On va manger! /Me gusta comer

Talking about meals, eating out in a café or restaurant, buying food to make a new dish


En vacances/mis vacaciones

Talking about where you like to go on holiday, past holidays and what an ideal future holiday would be like.

Spécial vacances/Operación verano

Planning a summer holiday, including booking a room, travelling and visiting tourist attractions.

Summer Term 2 Term 2

French: Astérix et Obélix: Mission Cléopatre

Learning all about Astérix and Obélix, describing characters, reading an authentic text in French,

Spanish: Los paises hispanicos

Finding out about the Spanish-speaking world.

French:Le Petit Nicolas

Study of the film and revision work around describing people, clothes and recounting a story

Spanish: Zipe y Zape

Study of the film and revision work around describing people, clothes and recounting a story

Film Study/Revision topic:

Use of Bill et Boule/ Voces Inocentes to revise key points from Key Stage 3

Learning Journeys


Year 7 Learning Journey - French - Year 7.pdf
Year 8 Learning Journey - French - Year 8.pdf
Year 9 Learning Journey - French - Year 9.pdf


Year 7 Learning Journey - Spanish - Year 7.pdf
Year 8 Learning Journey - Spanish - Year 8.pdf
Year 9 Learning Journey - Spanish - Year 9.pdf