Modern Foreign Languages

Languages in Year 7 provide an exciting opportunity for our students to begin to gain an insight into foreign language and culture.

During their first year with us, students will build valuable language learning tools to stand them in good stead for their future language learning at JFS. The topics will range from describing themselves to learning to say what they do in their spare time.

How will the work be assessed?

Students’ work is assessed using the National Curriculum. Progress will be mapped from the start to the end of the academic year via comprehensive end of unit assessments. The levels will be fed back to students and they will be shown how to improve their work to progress to the next level.

How many lessons will my child have each week?

In Year 7, there has been an expansion in the curriculum and our young linguists will study French for a term and a half and Spanish for a term and a half. This will be over the course of five lessons per fortnight. At the end of Year 7 they will choose the language of their choice to study in Year 8, Year 9 and beyond to GCSE, should they wish to pursue their language acquisition further. Some students will be given the opportunity to study both languages, if they show enough promise and aptitude for languages.

We hope that this will provide a wider curriculum to help prepare our students for a competitive climate in the world of work. Our budding linguists will listen for gist and detail, identifying and extracting important information from listening passages. They will also develop their accents and pronunciation in class through a variety of speaking opportunities. Their reading skills will flourish too, allowing them to develop key building blocks in learning a language and upon which to base future learning. Finally, they will be able to write descriptions about themselves and develop their knowledge of grammar.

Extra - Curricular opportunities

Currently we offer a languages support club, run by a team of enthusiastic older students. This is a great opportunity for our younger students to enlist the support of older students to help them with their studies. 

In addition, further to our extra-curricular opportunities, the MFL department run two highly successful school trips to Spain and to France in Year 10. This is an excellent way for our students to gain an insight into the culture, see the language in action and use it themselves.

What can I do to help my child?

To help your child, it is useful to consolidate vocabulary at home and help revision for end of unit assessments. Every class will have regular vocabulary tests, so it is an expectation that they use every week on at least 2 occasions to help stretch their range of language. Equally, for vocabulary learning, there are other websites such as and there are plenty of other websites for grammar. Students are expected to use these resources to help them improve. Your child’s MFL teacher can also recommend other online resources. 

Are there any useful websites?

Useful websites to use:


Key Stage 3



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Year 7

  • Greetings and introducing oneself, saying how you are feeling
  • Numbers/ days/ months/ birthdays
  • In the classroom: instructions and equipment
  • Colours and adjectival agreement
  • Members of the family, using possessive adjectives
  • Dictionary skills
  • Pets
  • Descriptions with être
  • Descriptions with ‘avoir’
  • Talking about where you live
  • La Francophonie – French speaking countries
  • Describing your home
  • Describing your bedroom
  • Talking about what you do in the evening using verbs and negatives
  • Telling the time and using bigger numbers
  • Saying what there is and is not in your town
  • Asking for directions round town
  • Saying where you are going in town using “aller”
  • Giving opinions of activity suggestions, using “aimer”/”detester” and quantifiers.
  • Ordering snacks and practising numbers
  • Talking about what you do in the morning; using reflexive verbs
  • Talking about your school subjects
  • Expressing and justifying opinions
  • Using intensifiers and connectives
  • Talking about your timetable
  • Understanding and composing a long text
  • Talking about what you do after school; using the verbe “faire”
  • Talking about sports and games; using “jouer à”
  • Talking about musical instruments; using “jouer de”
  • Saying what you like to do,  using “aimer” and the infinitive
  • Using “on peut” and the infinitive in the context of leisure
  • Talking about holidays using the immediate future


Year 8

  • My family: Revision of family members  and descriptions of them, –er verbs,  être/ avoir.
  • Talk about where others live; using the verb “venir” and “depuis”
  • Talk about the weather; using ‘quand’ and ‘si’ as ways of making longer sentences
  • Talking about day to day life; using verbs in the present tense
  • Revision of the immediate future
  • Talking about what you did at the weekend; using the past tense
  • The perfect tense in the negative
  • -irregular verbs in the past tense
  • 24 hour clock with types of TV programme
  • Describing and giving opinions of what you saw on TV.
  • Linking sentences together and using tenses together
  • Making plans to go out, using “vouloir”.
  • Giving reasons for not going out; using “pouvoir” and “devoir”; talking about  chores
  • Talking about clothes
  • Making comparisons when shopping, using  comparative and superlative
  • Using/ understanding all 3 tenses in a longer text
  • Talking about food; using the definite article after “aimer” and “préférer”
  • Talking about French meals; the partitive article
  • Preparing for a party; using “il faut” and the infinitive
  • Shopping for food; using “de” with quantities
  • Eating at a restaurant; taking part in short dialogues
  • Talking about countries and languages; using the prepositions “à” and “en”
  • Talking about holidays; using question words
  • Describing a holiday centre and giving more complex opinions
  • Talking about a past holiday
  • Finding information out about a holiday destination
  • Talking about your friends
  • Talking about pocket money using “avoir besoin de”
  • Talking about gadgets; using comparatives and superlatives
  • Using present, past and future tenses together
  • Talking about hopes and wishes, using “je voudrais” and the infinitive


Year 9

  • Talking about what types of television programmes you like to watch
  •  talking about cinema visits in the past
  • Reflexive verbs  in the present and past past tenses
  • Talking about what books you are going to read; the immediate future.
  • Talking about leisure using 3 tenses together
  • Reading longer texts
  • Making plans with friends using the simple future.
  • Talking about long-term future plans
  • Understanding a weather forecast
  • Discussing what you will do when you leave school
  • Talking about the importance of languages; Reading longer texts
  • Parts of the body with j’ai mal)
  • Saying what’s wrong using avoir/être
  • Saying how you hurt yourself
  • Talking about healthy living
  • Understanding and giving advice
  • Working with complex texts
  • Recap on use and formation of perfect tense.
  • Talking about what you used to do using the imperfect tense - Understanding a narrative in the imperfect
  • Using perfect and imperfect tenses together



  • Talking about a region using adjectives and comparatives
  • Using the imperative
  • Making travel arrangements
  • Booking a hotel; conditional practice
  •  Visiting a tourist attraction; Development of reading skills
  • Revision of Year 9 language
  • Cultural context



Key Stage 3



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Year 7

  • Greetings and introducing oneself, saying how you are feeling
  • Numbers 0 to 15 and age :
  • Numbers 16 to 31, months/birthdays :
  • Spanish-speaking countries
  • Spanish alphabet & using the indefinite and definite articles with school bag objects
  • In the classroom (instructions and equipment); gender and plurals
  • Talking about brothers and sisters and other members of the family; using negatives
  • Dictionary skills
  • Pets
  • Saying what you look like using “ser”
  • Saying what your hair and eye colour are; using “tener”
  • Describing people using ‘tener’ and ‘ser’ in the he/she form.
  • Saying what you study and don’t study; Using regular –ar verb estudiar
  • Saying what you do in lessons, understanding regular –ar –er –ir verbs
  • Talking about your teachers
  • Giving opinions and reasons and understanding all adjectival agreements
  • Talking about snacks
  • Learning numbers to 100
  • Describing where you live
  • Talking about activities you do in your house; Stem changing verbs (jugar and dormir)
  • Describing your bedroom using “hay”/ “no hay” and prepositions
  • Using reflexive verbs to describe your daily routine


  • Saying what you do in your spare time
  • Using “salir” and “hacer
  • Telling the time
  • Using the verb “ir”
  • Talking about sports
  • Practising pronunciation
  • Saying what you like to do
  • Using “me gusta” and the infinitive
  • Saying what you are going to do
  • Using “ir” and the infinitive
  • Saying what your town is like
  • Using comparatives
  • Asking where something is in a town
  • Giving directions
  • Making and responding to invitations
  • Using “querer”
  • Talking about the weather
  • Using “cuando” to join bits of information
  • Using two tenses together
  • Saying what you do in town


Year 8

  • Presentaciones

Talking about activities

Expressing opinions using me gusta …

  • Mis amigos

Describing friends using adjectives

Using y, pero, también, nunca

  • Tu nacionalidad

Understanding nationalities

Writing an extended text

  • ¿Adónde vas?

Talking about places in town

Using the near future tense

  • Una entravista

Doing an extended interview

Using the present and the near future tenses together

  • La television

Talking about television programmes

Giving opinions using adjectives

  • Las peliculas

Talking about films

Comparing things using más … que (more … than)

  • ¿Te gustaría ir a la boleria?

Inviting someone to go out

Adding expression to your spoken Spanish

  • No puedo

Making excuses

Using querer and poder

  • Tengo una problema

Saying what someone else likes or dislikes

Using phrases with infinitives

  • ¿Adónde fuiste?

Describing past holidays

The preterite of ser and ir

  • -¿Qué hiciste?

Saying what you did on holiday

Using the preterite of -ar verbs

  • -¿Qué tal lo pasaste?

Giving more details of your holidays

Expressing opinions about past events

  • Un viaje estupendo

Giving a presentation about holidays

Using the present and the preterite together

  • Hispanoamérica

Learning more about Spanish-speaking countries

Creating a poster about a Spanish-speaking country

  • ¿Qué desayunas?

Talking about mealtimes

Time expressions

  • En el mercado

Shopping for food

Using high numbers

  • En el restaurante

Eating at a restaurant

The difference between and usted

  • Una cena especial

Talking about a past meal

Using the preterite of -er and -ir verbs

  • ¿Qué comiste ayer?

Using the preterite of different verbs

Writing an imaginative text

  • La Ropa

Talking about clothes

Making colours agree

  • El uniforme escolar

Talking about school uniform

Using comparative adjectives

  • ¿Qué prefieres?

Choosing an item of clothing

Using superlative adjectives

  • Vamos a visitar Argentina

Talking about a trip to Argentina

Using the present and near future tenses

  • De compras en Barcelona

Talking about different types of shop

Using “se puede” to say what can be bought there

  • Me duele

Learning the parts of the body

Using me duele and me duelen

  • En la farmacía

Describing symptoms

Getting remedies

  • Tienes una dieta sana

Talking about healthy and unhealthy food

Making resolutions for the future

  • La vida sana

Talking about healthy living

Using para to make more complex sentences

  • Mis pescados

Talking about lifestyle changes

Using three tenses together



Year 9


  • Mi ordenador

Talking about what you use computers for

Practising the present tense

  • La televisión

Talking about television programmes

Giving opinions using adjectives

  • Las peliculas

Comparing films

Using the near future tense

  • La música

Talking about different types of music

Practising the preterite

  • Fui al cine

Describing what a film is about

Using the present tense and preterite together

  • Un día en el instituto

Describing your school

Asking and answering questions

  • ¿Qué vas a estudiar?

Talking about school subject options

Using a mí, a ti, etc., for emphasis

  • Los profesores

Giving opinions about teachers

Using superlatives

  • Se debe…

Talking about school rules

Using se debe and se puede

  • Después del insti

Talking about after-school clubs

Using three tenses together


  • Me duele

Learning the parts of the body

Using me duele and me duelen

  • En la farmacía

Describing symptoms

Using tener and estar correctly

  • Tienes una dieta sana

Talking about healthy and unhealthy food

Using direct object pronouns

  • La vida sana

Talking about healthy living

Using para to make more complex sentences

  • Mis pescados

Talking about lifestyle changes

Using three tenses together

  • -Mi dinero

Talking about earning and spending money

Using third-person verb forms

  • ¿Que te gustaría hacer?

Talking about what you would like to do

Using me gustaría

  • ¿ En qué trabajas?

Talking about jobs

Using masculine and feminine job titles

  • Me gustan los idiomas

Talking about using languages at work

Using three tenses together

  • Ganaré la loteríá

Talking about winning the lottery

Using the future tense


  • El mundo hispano

Learning more about Spanish-speaking countries

Creating a poster about a Spanish-speaking country

  • Mi vida diaria

Describing working conditions

Using reflexive verbs

  • El medio ambiente

Talking about environmental problems

Using the conditional of deber

  • Los famosos

Talking about famous people

Using the preterite in the ‘he/she’ form

  • El comercio justo

Talking about fair trade

Using three tenses together

  • Te presento a mis padres

Visiting a Spanish family

Learning about a region of Spain

  • Mi casa

Asking permission

Using modal verbs

  • En la estación

Buying train tickets

Using usted

  • Una excursión a Bilbao

Learning about Bilbao

Using three tenses together

  • Un abrazo desde Bilbao

Writing a letter

Forming complex sentences