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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
Miss C Atkinson Head of Tomlinson House. Teacher of Languages
Mr T Oliver Leading Teacher of Languages
Mr A Rey Teacher of Languages
Mrs T Sands Teacher of Languages
Miss D Stathers Teacher of Languages
Mrs E Ursu Teacher of Languages

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3 Languages

In year 7, all young people study either French or Spanish for 2 hours each week.  In year 8, all continue to study their first language and approximately 120 young people also begin to study a second language; either French, Spanish, German or Japanese.

Year 7 and 8 Overview

Year 7 French

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 and going out, Future tense / conditional tense, Negative constructions

Year 8 French

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

Year 7 Spanish

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 Spanish

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 (based on last 5 units), Consolidation

Year 8 German

1 Introducing German

2 Greetings/ family, Present tense, Gender

3 My school, Present tense, Comparisons

4 Hobbies and freetime, Present tense

5 Where I live, Future

6 Food, Opinions/justified

Year 8 Japanese

1 Phrases 1, Basic self -introduction, Japanese school life 1, Japanese Autumn tradition

2 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 Olympics 2020


Key Stage 4 Languages

In years 9, 10 and 11, approximately 70% of students continue to study a language.

Aims of the course:

By the end of the GCSE course students will:

  • gain a great deal of confidence in their handling of the language
  • be able to speak and write in the language in a variety of real-life situations and understand more complicated spoken and written language
  • be encouraged to take more responsibility for their own work.  Sometimes they will be working in small groups or with a partner on many of the topics.

Course content

Work in languages revolves around 4 main themes: Personal Information, Out and About, Customer Service and Transactions, Future Plans and Education and Work.  Students will spend approximately one term in each area practising in the four key skills areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Work on each unit will include the study of new vocabulary and phrases related to the topics, as well as more general grammar terms.

Year 9, 10 and 11 Overview

Year 9 French / Spanish / German

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 French / Spanish / German

1 House and Home

2 Where I live

3 Holidays

4 Holidays

5 Charity work and volunteering

6 Global issues

Year 11 French / Spanish / German

1 My Studies

2 Life at School or College

3 University or Work

Year 9 Japanese

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 Olympics 2020

Year 10 Japanese

1 Individually nominated theme.  Giving a short presentation. Japanese local festivals

2 Daily life (theme 1) Social media & technology  - advantages & 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 Olympics 2020

Year 11 Japanese

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.

4 Final exam preparation

5 Final exam preparation

*Timelines do not necessarily represent a half term in length


Assessment is continuous in the classroom. Teachers regularly question and use low stakes testing to check understanding.  Feedback is provided verbally lessons and in exercise books as appropriate. 

At regular intervals, Key Marked Work assesses how well knowledge and skills have been learned.  Students receive more detailed written feedback on this work, sharing WWW (What Went Well) and how TIF (To Improve Further).  After each piece of Key Marked Work students will respond on their TIF, which is often posed as a question, completing their MRI (My Response Is).

Each year students also complete an end of year examination.

GCSE External Assessment

The GCSE course is assessed through three exam papers:

Unit 1

Listening and understanding - Defined topic areas


Unit 2

Speaking - Choice of themes


Unit 3

Reading and understanding - Defined topic areas


Unit 4

Writing - Choice of themes



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 History 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 

Information on Languages Courses is available on The Consortium Sixth Form Partnership website.

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