Learning & Achieving Together

Modern Foreign Languages

Effective communication is the way of the world. At Brentside High School we aim to ensure that teaching and learning in MFL reflects this. Our goal is to foster a passion for language learning in each student so that they may go out into the world with the skills to effectively communicate with whomever they choose.

All students in Key Stage 3 study either French or Spanish, according to their form group, and the majority continue their study to GCSE level. Students have 5 lessons per fortnight in which they develop skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing in the target language. Our mission is to foster a love for language learning for practical communication purposes as well as developing an understanding of grammatical concepts and the way in which language works. We aim to take as many students as possible through to studying at Key Stage 5.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

We have recently updated our bank of resources to include the latest publications.
Our French programme of study is based on the course Studio 1 and this covers the following topics; Talking about oneself, School life, Free time & hobbies, Local Area and Holidays.

For Spanish, we base our programme of study on the course Viva 1 and this covers the following topics; Talking about oneself, School life, Free time & hobbies, Family & relationships and Local area.

This academic year we aim to offer a cultural day trip to Boulogne, France to all students studying MFL in Year 7

Year 8

In French, students progress on to the Studio 2 course and we increase the emphasis on grammatical knowledge in order for students to begin manipulating the language. Topics covered include Social life, Tourism, Food, My identity, Home & lifestyle and My dreams.

Students who study Spanish follow a similar course, provided by Viva 2, with the same emphasis on acquiring grammatical knowledge. Topics studied include Holidays, Social Life, Food, Going out, My town and My dreams. We also aim to offer a trip to a local Tapas bar for students studying Spanish as part of our Applied Learning day programme.  On the day students will be able to order and sample authentic food and drink with staff.

Year 9

At this stage in the course, we aim to consolidate the grammatical and communicative knowledge that students have acquired in years 7 & 8 and build on those themes so that students can speak more in depth on topics and give a better response to questions with a variety of vocabulary.  

Our French course is based on Studio 3 and covers the topics of Going out, Health, The world of work, Tourism and Young people.

The Spanish course is based on Viva 3 and covers the same topics.
We begin the GCSE course in the summer 2 term of Year 9 with the topic Family & relationships.

Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 course aims to build on and develop the knowledge and skills gained at Key Stage 3. Topics covered are largely similar to those studied in Years 7, 8 & 9 but aim to deepen students’ ideas and opinions in these areas whilst still concentrating on the four key skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing in the target language.

Year 10

For both French and Spanish, students begin to follow the new GCSE (1-9) course provided by Pearson Edexcel. The topics covered include School life, Education & work, Social media & technology, Leisure & sport, Travel & tourism and Daily routine.  We have access to the Studio and Viva GCSE resources to ensure continuity from Key Stage 3 study.

Year 11

All students complete the content for the GCSE course and study the following topics:

-Local environment
-Social Issues

All students are assessed at the end of Year 11 in all 4 skills, which carry an equal weighting of 25%. Students will either be entered for Foundation Tier (5-1) or Higher (9-4) depending on their level of competence and confidence.

Key Stage 5

For details of our Key Stage 5 curriculum, please see our Sixth Form prospectus.

Click here to download 6th Form Prospectus

Extra Curricular Activities

-Trips to both France and Spain
-French cinema club
-Spanish conversation club
-Trip to local tapas bar as part of Applied Learning Day programme
-Visit from a French school