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Why study a language?

One of the most common remarks we hear from parents at Parents Evening is “I wish I had carried on learning languages”. Learning a language takes commitment, hard work and determination. The rewards however, are immeasurable.

If your child needs inspiration to learn, click on the BBC website here!

Watch these famous people speaking other languages…

Bradley Wiggins speaks French

Leonardo diCaprio speaks German

Gary Lineker speaks Spanish

Tom Hiddeston speaks French, Spanish and Italian

Charlize Theron speaks Afrikaans to a Belgian Dutch speaker

Sandra Bullock speaks German

Gwyneth Paltrow speaks Spanish

Even the Royal family try speaking other languages!

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Learning Languages at Warden Park

Skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing

Students are assessed in four areas: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. All skills will be assessed formally once per term, although these skills are practised throughout the course.


Students will be given regular vocabulary tests set by the teacher. A useful website to help to learn vocabulary is www.vocabexpress.com and www.quizlet.com All students are encouraged to find their way of learning that works best for them. Here is a website with some ideas from “experts”


Students are expected to understand grammatical language.  This list of definitions may help students understand grammatical terms we use in language lessons.

GCSE Languages

We follow the Edexcel exam board. All skills are assessed at the end of the course; there are exams in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Students will need to have a working knowledge of approximately 2000 words for the GCSE.

There are five Themes covered through the GCSE course:

Theme 1 – Identity and Culture

Theme 2 – Local Area, holidays and travel

Theme 3 – School

Theme 4 – Future Aspirations, Work and School

Theme 5 – Global and International Dimension

Revision is based around the Pearson Revision Guides and the students’ own resources (e.g. vocab books…)

Booster sessions run throughout the year to support students through the GCSE course.


Click here for relevant workbooks French German and Spanish

Mrs Renaut, Curriculum Leader MFL 

Cultural Learning

Students will have the opportunity to communicate with students from French, German or Spanish schools. In the past, this has been via Skype, via a closed Edmodo forum, and we have sent and received letters. We also have an annual visit from our friends from schools in Berlin and Schreisheim

Each year we have Language Plays. Any student studying French, German or Spanish is invited to attend a play in the target language. These plays are very popular among our students, and they always are surprised at how much they understand.

Language trips

Each year, we run homestay trips to France, Germany and Spain for students in Year 9 or Year 10 taking GCSE Languages. In a homestay trip, students stay in pairs with a French, German or Spanish family. They will spend the day learning Languages and doing cultural visits and activities, and the evening with their host families, experiencing "real life". Cultural activities include flamenco workshops in Spain, magic and circus training in France and Christmas markets in Cologne.

These trips are proving to be exciting opportunities for students to develop not just their language skills, but also their resilience and personal development. They come back matured and with a renewed enthusiasm for Languages.

Overview of French


Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

Year 7

Accès: Studio

Studio 1


Transition from Primary Languages

General speaking questions: personal information

C’est perso

Present tense

Personal information

Mon collège

School subjects

Giving opinions

Using du / de la / de l’ / des

Mes passes temps


Use of faire

Using au / à la / à l’ / aux

Ma zone

Places in a town

Using il y a



321 Partez

Travelling abroad

Using the future tense

Using je voudrais plus the infinitive

Year 8

Studio 2

Studio 3

T’es branché?



Present tense review

Paris, je t’adore!

Visiting a city

Perfect tense

Mon identité

My personality and relationships

Reflexive verbs

Using three tenses

Chez moi, chez toi

Rooms in a house

Food and adjectives

Further practice of three tenses

Quel talent !

Talking about talent and ambition

Using the infinitive with modal verbs

Bien dans sa peau

Healthy living

Imperfect tense

Using more complex tenses

Year 9

Studio 4

Theme: Identity and Culture

Qui suis-je?

Physical and personal description

Theme: Identity and Culture

Qui suis-je?

Describing relationships

Theme: Identity and Culture

Le temps des loisirs



Theme: Identity and Culture

Le temps des loisirs

Cultural interests


Theme: Identity and Culture

Jours ordinaires, jours de fêtes

Daily life

Theme: Identity and Culture

Jours ordinaires, jours de fêtes

Family celebrations

Year 10

Studio 4

Theme: Identity and Culture

Qui suis-je?

Physical and personal description, relationships

Theme: Identity and Culture

Le temps des loisirs

Hobbies, cultural interests


Theme: Identity and Culture

Jours ordinaires, jours de fêtes

Daily life, family celebrations


Theme: local area, holiday and travel

De la ville à la campagne

Describing where I live, giving comparisions

Theme: local area, holiday and travel

Le grand large

Exam practice

Holidays and travel

Theme: local area, holiday and travel

Le grand large

Exam practice

Holidays and travel

Year 11

Studio 4

Theme: School

Au collège

Describing school, rules, future educational plans

Theme: Future aspirations, study and work

Bon travail!

Exam practice

Career aspirations

Theme: International and global dimension

Un œil sur le monde

Describing global issues and solutions