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Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Information about Modern Foreign Languages at King James I Academy

Teaching Staff

  • J Stephenson (Director of Learning)
  • P Grand

Curriculum Intent for MFL

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 links with schools in France and Mexico and students from all schools have exchanged letters.

We believe that is important for students to practise the language in real-life settings and as well as visits to France and Spain, we regularly take part in events organised by the International Office and activities for the European Day of Languages.


Key Stage 4

AQA French/Spanish

Paper 1: Listening and responding                            25% of final grade

Paper 2: Speaking exam                                          25% of final grade

Paper 3: Reading and translation                              25% of final grade

Paper 4:  Writing and translation                               25% of final grade



Year 10

The AQA French and Spanish GCSE course will enable students to:

  • develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy
  • express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently
  • listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed
  • deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary to increase their independent use and understanding of extended language in a range of contexts
  • acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking through the ability to understand and respond to authentic spoken and written material, adapted and abridged, as appropriate, including literary texts
  • develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where French is spoken
  • make appropriate links to other areas of the curriculum to enable bilingual and deeper learning, where the language may become a medium for constructing and applying knowledge
  • develop language learning skills both for immediate use and prepare them for further language study in school, higher education or employment
  • develop language strategies, including repair strategies.

Year 11

In Year 11, students deepen their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and use them in different contexts so that they can become more independent in how they use language. They will continue to build on the skills from Year 10 as detailed above.

Year 10 French and Spanish

Year 11 French and Spanish

Theme 1: Identity and Culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Unit 1: Me, my family and friends

Unit 7: Global issues

Unit 2: Technology in everyday life

Unit 8: Travel and Tourism

Unit 3: Free-time activities

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Unit 4: Customs and festivals

Unit 9: My studies

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Unit 10: Life at school and college

Unit 5: Home town, neighbourhood and region

Unit 11: Education post-16

Unit 6: Social issues

Unit 12: Jobs, careers, ambitions etc


Learning Journeys


Year 10 Learning Journey - Spanish - Year 10.pdf
Year 11

Learning Journey - Spanish - Year 11.pdf


Year 10 Learning Journey - French - Year 10.pdf
Year 11 Learning Journey - French - Year 11.pdf