Head of Modern Foreign Languages: Mrs Laurence Gillham (l.gillham@swr.gloucs.sch.uk )

Our intent:

“Spread your wings, you will have no idea how far you can fly”

Imagine living in a world where you can only speak to 1 in every 21 people or a world where everyone looks the same way, acts the same way, likes the same things. By learning another language, you will broaden your horizons, enhance your opportunities and enrich your skills set. You will learn to communicate better, problem-solve and face challenges.


In addition to learning in the classroom, we believe that students should have opportunities to put their language skills to the test in a variety of settings. We love running trips abroad but also enter our students to a range of national competitions to raise their aspirations such as the Foreign Language Spelling Bee (Y7), the Translation Bee (Y8), the Flash Fiction competition (Y9), Poesiaert, the Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators (all years) or the Stephen Spender Prize competition (KS4).

The Big Picture


Our KS3 provision is 4 hours of languages per fortnight. In Y7, students learn French and then study Spanish alongside French in Y8 and Y9.

Our language lessons are aligned with the extensively researched and acclaimed NCELP curriculum. For more information on the NCELP, please click here. In addition, we also do termly “step-out” lessons, so that students can be exposed to more in-depth cultural studies.

Unit Y7 French
1 Describing a thing or person
Asking yes/no questions with raised intonationSaying what people have

Describing what people have

Distinguishing between having and being

Talking about a thing or person
Talking about doing and making things

2 Saying what people do/like to do

Saying what people do to others
Saying what you do with others
Saying what others do
Saying ‘you’ to one and more than one person

3 Saying how many there are

Describing your family

Talking about belongings

4 Saying where people go (places, holidays, countries)
Saying where you are and where you are goingTalking about people’s lives
5 Asking and answering questions
Using question words
Talking about what isn’t happeningTalking about what isn’t there

Describing more things and people

6 Expressing future intentions

Asking about future intentions

Talking about what people want and have to do
Talking about people can and can’t do

Unit Y8 French Y8 Spanish
1 Asking how to say and write new words in French

Distinguishing between being and having

Talking about jobs

Talking about what, when, where and why you celebrate

Talking about how people celebrate

What happens and doesn’t happen

Describing places and location

Saying what someone is like at the moment

Saying what someone is like in general

Saying what people have

Saying what people do

2 Talking about what you are doing today vs what you did yesterday

Sharing past experiences

People and places in the past

Asking about what happened in the past

Extended reading: journalistic text

Talking about what you do in your free time and where you do it

Talking about parts and wholes

Saying what people do and don’t do

Numbers ( 1 to 12) and talking about more than one thing

Saying what there is around you and describing it

Talking about the location of things

Describing a place

Giving and wanting (festive season and family)

3 Talking about nouns you can’t count

What is it like?

Saying what you do or did in a typical day

Talking about what groups of people do

Formal and informal situations: Talking to people you do and don’t know

Describing family

Describing some natural wonders of the Spanish-speaking world

Asking and answering questions

Talking about what you do with others (rural life)

4 Talking about what you and others do at school

Talking about what you are doing this week and what you do every week

What is it like? Describing more than one thing

Talking about what you can, must, will and want to do

Talking about what people can do

Contrasting what people must, can and want to do

Places and locations

Saying what people are like today vs in general

Unit Y9 French Y9 Spanish
1 What is it like? Comparing things

Talking about how groups of people do things

Comparing how people do things

Communicating in other languages

Describing activities (travel)

Describing what people do
Describing what people do (technology

2 Communicating in other languages

Talking about the environment

Talking about what groups of people did

Talking about what you did and have done

Asking about what you did and have done

Extended reading: poetry

Describing people and possessions

Describing when and where people go
Describing future plans

3 Talking about identity (1): Describing self and others

Cultural events [1]: Le festival de Dieppe

Motivations and goals

Work Experience

Talking about what  needs to happen

Talking about what, where, and who you know

Things that always, sometimes and never happen

Describing events in the past and present (Travel)

Comparing past experiences

Talking about people and places now vs in general

Comparing what you and someone else (‘we’) do (News and Media)

Describing what different people do (At home)

Asking what people can and must do (In class)

Describing wat you and someone else (we) do (Parties / celebrations)

4 Talking about travel activities in France

Talking about identity (2) : Nationality and religion

Staying in a hotel


Talking about your day

Describing events in the past and present (At school)

Describing events in the past and present  (Free time activities)

Describing how people feel in the present (Feelings and emotions)

Describing where people go and why

Learning about a South American country


Our KS4 provision is five hours a fortnight. Students may choose to continue with one or both of French and Spanish at GCSE. Our exam board is AQA (French specification / Spanish specification) We subscribe to the Kerboodle and Exampro digital platforms for additional support resources.

The GCSE specifications have been designed to encompass a wide range of contexts or topics. Students will complete 4 examinations (worth 25% each):

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Writing

Students can be entered at either Higher or Foundation level (the teacher will decide the most appropriate entry during the progression of the course).

Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5 Unit 6
Year 10 Theme 1

Me, My family and Friends

Theme 1

Technology in everyday life

Theme 1: Free-time activities Theme 1:

Customs and festivals

Theme 2:

Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region

Social Issues

Theme 2:

Global Issues

Year 11 Theme 2:

Travel and Tourism

Theme 3:

My studies

Life at school

Theme 3:

Education post-16

Jobs, career choices and ambition

Revision Revision

French exams end


Spanish exams end