St Columba's Catholic Boys' School

MFL

MFL

Purpose of study

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

Aims

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
Year 7

Autumn Term 1

– Conjugation of the present tense of the verb “être” with “je, tu, il/elle”.

– Regular adjective gender agreement.

– Conjugation of the present tense of the verb “avoir” with “je, tu, il/elle”.

– Indefinite articles.

– Subject pronoun “it”.

– Definite articles.

Autumn Term 2

– Conjugation of the present tense of the verb “faire” with “je, tu, il/elle”.

– Conjugation of the present tense of -er verbs.

– Two verbs structure: “aimer + infinitive”.

– Preposition “à” with -er verbs.

– Christmas in France.

Y7 Spring Term 1
– Revision of fundamental grammatical concepts such as articles, adjectives, pronouns, subject, object, verbs’ conjugation (in English).
– Introduce yourself; say where you live, what languages you speak, your nationality.
– Numbers up to 100; months; dates; days of the week.
– Say your age and birthday.
– Describe hairstyle and eye colour (revision).
– Describe your personality.
– Present tense of the -er verbs.
– Possessive adjectives (my, your, his/her).
– Prepositions used with countries and towns (en, au, aux, à).

Y7 Spring 2
– Revision for the assessment.
– Describe your family.
– Easter traditions in France.

Summer Term 1

– Conjugation of the present tense of the verbs like “dire” with “je, tu, il/elle”.

– Conjugation of the present tense of the verbs like “sortir” with “je, tu, il/elle”.

– Question words “quel/quelle”.

– Negative structure: “ne…pas”.

– Conjugation of the present tense of -re verbs.

– Irregular feminine forms of adjectives.

Summer Term 2

– Revision of what we have done this year in preparation for the end of year assessment.

Year 8

Autumn Term 1

– Revision of gender and number of nouns.

– Revision of definite and indefinite articles.

– Revision of “il y a / il n’y a pas”

– Revision of possessive adjectives.

– Revision of the present tense of regular verbs.

– Feminine nouns’ formation rules.

– Feminine adjectives’ agreement rules.

– Subject pronoun on.

Autumn Term 2

– The Perfect tense (with avoir).

– Demonstrative adjectives.

– Partitive article.

– Practice of the present and of the perfect tenses in different contexts.

– Christmas in France.

Y8 Spring Term 1
– Revision of fundamental grammatical concepts such as articles, adjectives, pronouns, subject, object, verbs’ conjugation (in English).
– Geography of France (towns, rivers, mountains).
– Points of the compass.
– Prepositions used with the points of the compass.
– Passé Composé.
Y8 Spring Term 2
– Revision for the assessment.
– Directions in town.
– Prepositions used with directions.
– Easter traditions in France.

Summer Term 1

– Modal verbs in the present tense.

– Modal verbs in the perfect tense.

– Practice of the present and of the perfect tenses in different contexts.

Summer Term 2

– Revision of what we have done this year in preparation for the end of year assessment.

Year 9
Autumn Term 1 Grammar Revision.
Revision past tense, used in the context of Y8 topics (therefore revision of Y8 vocabulary as well).
Autumn Term 2 School and education – Past tense (l’imparfait) best pupils with more than one pronoun / everyone with “je”). The superlative.
Spring Term 1 – Technology in everyday life.
– The near future (le futur proche).
Spring Term 2 – Revision for the assessment (use of present, past and future tenses)
– Media and social networks in France.
– Easter traditions in France.
Summer Term 1 Various topics- Revise and consolidate le futur proche. (Best pupils: start using the past tense without support. Everyone uses past tense with support).
Question words.
Summer Term 2 Various topics- Revise and consolidate the present, past and future tenses. (Best pupils use a variety of tenses without support. Everyone uses a variety of tenses with support).
Year 10
Autumn Term 1 Revision of all the grammar needed for the GCSE exam
  GCSE AQA Curriculum
  Theme 1 – Identity and culture
  Unit 1 – Me, my family and friends
Autumn Term 2 Revision for the assessment
  Unit 2 – Technology in everyday life
  Unit 3 – Free time activities
Spring Term 1 Unit 4 – Customs and festivals
  Theme 2 – Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  Unit 5 – Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Spring Term 2 Revision for the assessment
  Unit 6 – Social issues
  Unit 7 – Global issues
Summer Term 1 Unit 8 – Travel and tourism
  Theme 3 – Current and future studies and employment
  Unit 9 – My studies, life at school and college
  Unit 10 – My studies, life at school and college
Summer Term 2 Unit 11 – Education post-16, jobs, career choices and ambitions
  Unit 12 – Education post-16, jobs, career choices and ambitions
  Revision of everything we did this year
  Revision for the end-of-year assessment
Year 11
Autumn Term 1 Revision of all the grammar needed for the GCSE exam
  Structure of the Writing exam
  Revision of all the three themes covered in the GCSE curriculum
Autumn Term 2 Revision for the mock exams
  Structure of the Speaking exam
  Speaking – Exam preparation
  Writing – Exam preparation
  Reading – Exam preparation
  Listening – Exam preparation
Spring Term 1 Speaking – Exam preparation
  Writing – Exam preparation
  Reading – Exam preparation
  Listening – Exam preparation
Spring Term 2 Speaking – Exam preparation
  Writing – Exam preparation
  Reading – Exam preparation
  Listening – Exam preparation
Summer Term 1 Speaking – Exam preparation
  Writing – Exam preparation
  Reading – Exam preparation
  Listening – Exam preparation
Summer Term 2 Speaking – Exam preparation
  Writing – Exam preparation
  Reading – Exam preparation
  Listening – Exam preparation
Last updated: January 5, 2023 at 14:01 pm