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Modern Foreign Languages

Learn a language. Stand out!

To inspire a passion for and create awareness of different cultures. To develop resilience, confidence and courage and enable you to stand out from the crowd and to embrace difference.

At Wolfreton every young person has the opportunity to learn a Modern Foreign Language with some choosing to study two.  We are able to offer French, German, Spanish and Japanese to GCSE and A Level. Young people at Wolfreton benefit from a wide range of international and language-related activities. These activities could include:

  • After-school language classes in Japanese
  • Taking part in projects with our partner schools in Argentina, France, Germany, Spain and Japan
  • Cultural visit to France
  • Work Experience in France and Spain
  • Trips abroad to France, Spain and Germany

We also work closely with our partner primary schools and other secondary schools in the area to improve access to language learning opportunities.

The Languages Team
Mrs H Hogan Curriculum Area Leader Languages
Mr T Oliver Leading Teacher of Languages
Miss C Atkinson Head of Tomlinson House. Teacher of Languages
Mrs T Sands Teacher of Languages
Miss D Stathers Teacher of Languages
Miss V Woodmansey Teacher of Languages

Key Stage 3 

First Language



Year 7

  1. Pronouncing and developing accent
  2. My family and my life: Present tense, Adjectives, Mini presentation
  3. School life: Opinions/justifications, Articles/gender
  4. Hobbies and sports: Using infinitives, Importance of cognates
  5. Places to live: Modal verbs, Prepositions
  6. Travel & going out: Future tense/conditional tense, Negative constructions
  1. Pronouncing and developing accent
  2. My family and my life: Present tense, Adjectives, Mini presentation
  3. School life: Opinions/justifications, Articles/gender
  4. Hobbies and sports: Using infinitives, Importance of cognates
  5. My family and friends: 2 verbs ‘to be’ in present tense, Possessive adjectives, Gender
  6. Places to live: Future/conditional verb tenses

Year 8

  1. Cinema and TV: Present and perfect tense
  2. Paris - The City of Light: The perfect tense with 2 auxiliary verbs, Past participles
  3. My identity: Reflexive verbs, Present and future tense
  4. Where I live: Comparisons, Preposition, 3 verb tenses (past      present and future)
  5. Talent and ambition: Modal verbs, Imperatives / superlatives
  6. Discovering the French speaking world: Consolidation of grammar points
  1. Holidays: Past tense/preterite
  2. My life: Present and past tense, Comparisons
  3. Food and drink: Future, Negatives
  4. Going out: Conditional tense, Reflexive and modal verbs
  5. Summer time: Superlatives, 3 verb tenses (past present and future)
  6. Projects: Consolidation


Second Language



Year 8

  1. Introducing German
  2. Greetings/ family: Present tense, Gender
  3. My school: Present tense, Comparisons
  4. Hobbies and free time: Present tense
  5. Where I live: Future
  6. Food: Opinions/justified
  1. Classroom phrases 1. Basic self-introduction.  Japanese school life1, Japanese Autumn tradition
  2. Classroom phrases 2. Expressing preference. Japanese winter tradition
  3. Expressing abilities. Japanese new year tradition
  4. Illustrating various objects around us: Describing possessions, Basic verbs. Japanese spring tradition 
  5. Motion verbs 1, Kanji numbers,  Hiragana 1, Japanese summer traditions
  6. Motion verbs 1. Hiragana 2. Tokyo Olympic 2020
  7. Classroom phrases 1. Basic self-introduction. Japanese school life 1. Japanese Autumn tradition



Key Stage 4 

GCSE French

GCSE Spanish

GCSE German

Year 9

  1. Family and Relationships
  2. Marriage and Partnership
  3. Social Media and Mobile Technology
  4. Music Cinema and Television
  5. Food, eating out and sport
  6. Cultural aspects of France and traditions

Year 10

  1. House and Home
  2. Where I live
  3. Holidays
  4. Charity work and volunteering
  5. Global Issues

Year 11

  1. My studies
  2. Life at School and College
  3. University or work

All KS4 topics cover/practice the key 3 verb tenses, modal and reflexive verbs, justified opinions and more complex grammar

GCSE Japanese

Year 9

  1. Holidays (theme 2) - Motion verbs 2, Hiragana 3, Japanese geography
  2. Cultural life (theme 1) - Hiragana 4, Japanese traditional arts 1
  3. School (theme 3) - What is school is like, Katakana 1, Life in our partner school
  4. Future aspirations (theme 4) - Types of work, Using languages beyond the classroom, Katakana 2, Employment in Japan
  5. Holiday & travel (theme 2) - Travel transactions, Katakana 3, Eating out in Japan
  6. Global dimension (theme 5) - Sport and music events, Good causes, Katakana 4, Tokyo Olympic 2020
  7. Holidays (theme 2) - Motion verbs 2, Hiragana 3, Japanese geography

Year 10

  1. Individually nominated theme - Giving a short presentation, Japanese local festivals
  2. Daily life (theme 1) - Social media & technology  - advantages and disadvantages, Essay writing, Japanese youth
  3. School (theme 3) - School activities- including trips, Japanese school life 2
  4. Future aspirations (theme 4) - Ambitions – further study, volunteering & training, Japanese education system
  5. Environmental issues (theme 5) - Being “green”, Japanese environmental policies
  6. Bringing world together (theme 5) - Sporting events, Campaigning good curses, Tokyo Olympic 2020
  7. Individually nominated theme - Giving a short presentation - Japanese local festivals

Year 11

  1. Tourist transactions (theme 2) - Dealing with problems, Asking for help, PPE revision, Holiday destinations in Japan. 
  2. Cultural life (theme 1) - Customs & everyday life, Japanese foods
  3. Environmental issues (theme 5) - Access to natural resources, Japanese natural resources & technology.



Homework and Additional Resources

Across the year groups, teachers will set homework as appropriate.  Homework will be set to enhance learning not simply for the sake of setting homework.  This may include written work, research or revision.  In addition, students are encouraged to:

  • Use the websites to which Wolfreton subscribe to practise vocabulary using a range of language games.
  • Watch DVDs with English subtitles and try to work out how the language they hear fits the subtitles.
  • Read a book or a magazine in the language they study.
  • Listen to music from the country whose language they are studying.
  • Use the internet to watch live TV, news broadcasts and adverts.

All students in years 7, 8 and 9 are encouraged to complete the activities in their Learning Beyond the Classroom booklets. 

Additional resources to support learning in GCSE Languages incude: 

We also recommend the purchase of revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom. 

N.B.  Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support with passwords, please contact your Head of House.

Sixth Form 

Wolfreton is part of The Consortium Sixth Form Partnership and all sixth form course information can be found on on its website

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