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MFL Curriculum Overview

At Batley Grammar School, we aspire to expose our pupils to a broad and ambitious Modern Foreign Languages curriculum, which is rich in skills and knowledge. The curriculum will enable pupils to develop self-efficacy, kindle curiosity and promote diversity and tolerance of other cultures. Our Modern Languages curriculum will give pupils the opportunity to:

  • use language skills, receptively and productively, for communication they can apply in the real world, for practical purposes, for their immediate needs, interests and beyond and to express and justify opinions
  • develop their confidence and autonomy to access new and unfamiliar language through the use of decoding skills brought about by the explicit teaching of phonics, sound patterns and listening and reading strategies
  • work towards becoming a fluent and spontaneous speaker of the foreign language

In Year 7, pupils study either French or Spanish. Pupils develop their skills in the 4 key areas of listening, reading, writing, speaking and will learn the key phonics in this language. In term 3 we will also study a cultural project in the language pupils have been following. This is to ensure that all pupils receive the broadest possible introduction to Modern Foreign Languages, and experience a rich and varied curriculum. 

In Year 8, pupils will continue to study their “base language” of either French or Spanish, and to build on their skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Pupils will study from the Viva 2 and Studio 2 Pearson courses, respectively. They will also study a taster course for one lesson per fortnight in a second Modern Foreign Language - either French or Spanish. They will then select their language option for Year 9 from either French or Spanish.

In Year 9, pupils will either study French or Spanish. They will study increasingly complex themes and grammar from the Viva 3 and Studio 3 Pearson courses, which will push them to achieve a secure level ahead of GCSE study.

In Years 10 and 11, pupils may opt to continue the language they studied in Year 9 to GCSE level. We study the AQA GCSE specification, and our Scheme of Work is linked to Pearson Studio GCSE and Viva GCSE. This course is based on a study of three broad themes: Identity and Culture, Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest, Current and Future Study and Employment.


The Languages long term plan is available here