MFL Key Stage 3

All students in Key Stage 3 do EITHER French OR Spanish, depending on the form group they are in. Teaching is in mixed-ability form groups in Year 7, changing to sets in Years 8 and 9.  Students receive four lessons per fortnight.  It is expected that homework will be set once per fortnight, with a strong focus on vocabulary learning.  We are also promoting the concept of “flipped learning”, encouraging students to prepare for the forthcoming lesson by looking over and potentially learning the words and phrases they will need.  We place a strong emphasis on the understanding and application of grammar, combining this with a new “chunk-based” learning style.  In light of recent changes and research into MFL provision, our KS3 curriculum is under review, and subject to change for September 2021.

*Please note that if you have a particular preference for a language, please advise the Admissions Officer, although we are unable to guarantee any choices.


Assessment policy

Students are assessed three times per year in line with the school policy. Every homework is based on what students learn in class, with each assessment designed to prepare students for their future exams. These include GCSE-style speaking questions, translations and writing tasks.  

Topics covered

Year 7:

  • Describing yourself
  • Family & friends
  • Where you live
  • Free time
  • School
  • Food & drink

Year 8:

  • Things to do in town
  • Hobbies
  • Countries & nationalities
  • Ordering food
  • Holidays
  • Daily routine

Year 9


Family relationships, arranging to go out, role models
Leisure activities, life online, films and preferences
Daily life, food, festivals and special occasions


Holidays past, present and future, dealing with problems
Describing your school, uniform, rules and exchanges
Family relationships, social networks, and making arrangements.


Useful websites:                        Please ask your teacher for logon details

Duolingo, memrise, busuu – useful apps