Modern languages




Students study French and Spanish and can continue with both languages to GCSE. They also have the chance to learn Mandarin as an enrichment activity taught by specialist teachers from China. We were awarded the prestigious Confucius Classroom status in March 2016, which enables us to be a lead school in the learning and teaching of Chinese language and culture.

Specialist teachers bring language and culture alive in the classroom and challenge students to compare their own experiences with those of communities from the Francophone, Hispanic and Chinese-speaking worlds. Students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through interaction with a range of authentic resources such as literature, music and film. They express themselves in the target language in pairs and small groups on a range of topics, learn about the interrelationship between sound and spelling and apply their knowledge to decode challenging language. Grammar is taught alongside vocabulary to give students the tools to write and speak creatively.

Who we are?

Ms K Mundy

Ms L Edwige

Ms E Bose

Ms J Woo

Ms Y Karim

For more information on this curriculum area please contact:

Head of Department, Ms K Mundy. Email:


Aims and Enrichment


The key aims of the MFL department are:

  • An understanding of French and German in a variety of contexts
  • A Knowledge of French and German vocabulary, grammar and syntax
  • Transferable language learning skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively in French and German
  • Awareness and understanding of countries and communities where French and German are spoken
  • An understanding of the EU
  • Securing excellent grades in national exams

With a qualification in MFL you will be attractive to the best universities which have made a language GCSE a requirement for admission and you will create better opportunities for yourself to work abroad, or for companies in the UK with international links. According to a recent CBI/Edexcel Skills Survey 75% of companies are interested in recruiting people with language skills.


Students participate in a range of enrichment activities such as languages week, bilingual theatre productions and trips abroad. Year 12 languages students are offered the opportunity to be involved in the European Work Experience programme alongside students from Saint Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, Finchley Catholic High School and Woodhouse College.


Key stage 3

KS3 Curriculum:



Module 1: Personal details, days, months and classroom objects, instructions  

Alphabet, pronunciation, gender, pronouns, adjectival agreement, to have, to be, numbers (1-30), using the dictionary

Module 2: Family and friends  

 Plurals, adjectival agreement, noun/verb agreement, possessive adjectives, possessive “de”

Module 3: At home and time

Regular –er verbs, noun/verb agreement, prepositions, numbers (1-60)

Module 4: In town and directions, snacks

Question words, forming a question, to go, preposition “at/to”, numbers(1-1000)

Module 5: Daily routine and college life

Reflexive verbs, intensifiers and connectives, to do, high frequency words

Module 6: Hobbies and holidays

Verbs + prepositions “à/ de”, “aimer/ pouvoir/ aller” + infinitive, the near future


Module 1: Family life, jobs, activities and the weather

Regular –er/-ir/-re verbs, gender/ number, adjectival agreement, “depuis”, connectives “quand/si”, 4 irregular verbs (to be/have/go/do)

Module 2: Last weekend activities, TV viewings and outings

Perfect tense with “avoir”, regular and irregular past participles, perfect tense with “être”, connectives and conjunctions

Module 3: Invitations, shopping and clothes

Modal verbs (vouloir, pouvoir, devoir), adjectival agreement, comparatives, superlatives, present and past tenses

Module 4: Food and drinks

Definite article after “aimer/préférer”, partitive article “du/de la/ de l’/ des”, il faut + infinitive, “de” + quantities

Module 5: Travel and holidays

Prepositions + countries, question words, forming a question, the near future/ future simple, conditional

Module 6: Free time, friends, pocket money and gadgets

Possessive adjectives/ pronouns, verbs + prepositions, comparatives and superlatives, revision of 4 tenses, verbs + infinitives



Module 1: Hobbies, TV, cinema, music and reading

Direct object pronouns, present tense and past tense, perfect tense of reflexive verbs, verbs + infinitive

Module 2: The future, life after school

The future tense(simple + continuous), quand + future, connectives + conjunctions in complex sentences

Module 3: The body, health

Idiomatic expressions with “avoir/être”, colloquialisms, imperative tense, negatives, emphatic pronouns

Module 4: Once upon a time we used to

The imperfect tense, understanding the functions of subject/direct object/ indirect object, using “qui/que”,

Module 5: Travel, hotels, tourism

Using adjectives (regular/irregular agreement), comparatives/ superlatives, the conditional tenser, verbs + prepositions

Module 6: Young people’s rights, human rights activists

Using possessive adjectives + possessive “de”, using direct/indirect object pronouns, modal verbs



Module 1: Introducing yourself, days, months, instructions

Alphabet, pronunciation, sein, haben, heißen, wohnen, subject pronouns, 3 genders, plural, using the dictionary, numbers (1-30)

Module 2: School, timetable, subjects, classroom language, uniform, snacks

Classroom objects, es gibt+ Accusative, in + dative, time, ich finde + opinion, adjectival agreement, regular verbs in present

Module 3: Family, pets

Question words, nominative/ accusative/ dative, article/ adjectival agreement, irregular verbs in present, possessive adjectives

Module 4: House and home 

Prepositions of place + dative/accusative, more verbs, frequency words, the negative form (nicht/kein)

Module 5: My town, shopping

Es gibt + accusative, prepositions of place + dative, more verbs, word order, numbers,

Module 6: Free time, numbers

Mögen, finden,warden + infinitive, using the gerund, , time, the future, word order



Module 1: Personal details, the weather, classroom commands, yesterday

Spelling and sound, Basic verbs, present , wenn es + weather, verb subject, imperative, perfect tense + haben, word order

Module 2: Holidays, transport, activities, at the train station, lost property

Perfect + sein/ haben, adjectival agreement, , word order (manner+ place), high frequency words, question words, possessive adjectives

Module 3: Daily routine

Present tense (regular/ irregular verbs), 3 cases (nominative, accusative/ dative), article/ adjectival agreement, connectives

Module 4: Hobbies and pocket money

Present and perfect tenses, 3 cases, agreements, connectives and conjunctions, word order, “um…zu…”, numbers

Module 5: The body, ailments, doctor’s advice, healthy/unhealthy eating and lifestyle

Ich habe +….schmerz, tut mir weh, imperative, modal verbs, present and perfect tenses, 3 cases, connectives + conjunctions

Module 6: My future

Werden + infinitive, wenn…, conditional, word order, agreements in 3 cases, complex sentences


Module 1: Nationalities, personal details, likes and dislikes, a trip abroad

Present and past  tenses( regular verbs), genders, cases, connectives

Module 2: College life in UK and Germany, subjects, feelings, school rules, future plans, directions

Comparative/ superlative, modal verbs, werden + infinitive, weil, word order, frequency words, imperative

Module 3: Austria and the environment, seasonal activities, describing a town

Um …zu…, Wenn…, verb + subject, word order, present and past tenses (irregular verbs), time+ manner+ place word order, prepositions of place + accusative/dative, sollen + infinitive

Module 4: The Media (TV, films, reading, video games, internet…), accepting/ refusing invitations

Impersonal verbs (gefallen), conjunctions + word order, question words, present + past tenses, possessive adjectives + agreements

Module 5: Jobs and money, CV and personal profile

Present, past and future tenses, separable verbs, verbs + prepositions +accusative/dative, quantifiers, numbers, relative pronouns (subject/object), article/ adjective endings in 3 cases

Module 6: Family life, rules, joys, problems, future plans

Dürfen/ können/ mögen + infinitive/ word order, negatives, conjunctions + word order, 3 tenses,

  • Resources



     Support: Tuesday homework club (3:30-4:30)

Key stage 4

KS4 Curriculum:



Module 1: My college

Module 2: My neighbourhood

Module 3: Free time

Module 4: Outings

Module 5: Family life and friendship

Module 6: France and the EU


Module 1: Jobs

Module 2: Tourism

Module 3: Life styles

Module 4: Environment

Module 5: Problems in the world

Module 6: Francophonie


  • Articles and gender
  • Adjectives
  • Possessives
  • Agreements
  • Comparisons
  • Adverbs
  • Subject/ Direct/ Indirect Object pronouns
  • Modal verbs
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Present tense of the 3 types of regular verbs + 20 common irregular verbs
  • Perfect tense with avoir/ être + 20 common irregular past participles
  • Agreement of the past participle with avoir/ être
  • Imperfect tense of the 3 types of regular verbs + 20 common irregular verbs
  • Pluperfect tense of the 3 types of regular verbs + 20 common irregular verbs
  • Future Simple/ Near Future of the 3 types of regular verbs + 20 common irregular verbs
  • Conditional of the 3 types of regular verbs + 20 common irregular verbs
  • Imperative of the 3 types of regular verbs + 20 common irregular verbs
  • Gerund of the 3 types of regular verbs + 20 common irregular verbs
  • Question words
  • Negatives
  • Time markers
  • Prepositions
  • Connectives and conjunctions
  • Ordinal/ cardinal numbers



 YEAR 10

Module 1: Family life, friendship

Module 2: Hobbies and the media

Module 3: Body and life styles

Module 4: In town

Module 5: Shopping

Module 6: Germany and the EU

 YEAR 11

Module 1: School life

Module 2: Future plans and jobs

Module 3: Holidays

Module 4: Problems and customer service

Module 5: Environment

Module 6: Problems in the world


      KS4 GRAMMAR:

  • Capital letters for nouns
  • Gender and plurals
  • Nominative case
  • Accusative case
  • Dative case
  • Genitive case
  • Agreements: article and adjective endings
  • Comparisons
  • Personal pronouns: 4 cases
  • Prepositions + accusative
  • Prepositions + dative
  • Prepositions + genitive
  • Word order: time, place, manner
  • Connectives: normal word order/ changing word order
  • Conjunctions: changing word order
  • Regular present tense
  • Irregular present tense
  • Separable verbs
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Verbs + prepositions
  • Perfect tense + haben/ word order
  • Perfect tense + sein/ word order
  • Irregular past participles
  • Regular imperfect tense
  • Irregular imperfect tense
  • Future tense
  • Conditional tense
  • Pluperfect tense
  • Question words
  • Negatives
  • Adverbs
  • Time markers
  • Cardinal/ ordinal numbers

      Support: Thursday homework club (3:30-4:30)


Key Stage 5

KS5 Curriculum:


Module 1: Revision des bases GCSE

 L’ important, l’informatique, la mode, le sport, la santé, le système scolaire, la carrière, les vacances, la pollutionl’infinitif, present, adjectifs et accords, article partitif, l’interrogation, le passé compose avec avoir et être,  adjectifs possessifs, verbes pronominaux, futur proche

Module 2: Cultures Jeunes

L’avenir, la fidélité, la pression du groupe, les relations familiales, la dépendance, la télé-réalité, l’internet, le portable et les jeux video, la musique

Le futur simple verbes réguliers et irréguliers, le conditionnel, la negation, les pronoms complement d’objet direct/emphatiques, le comparatif et superlatif

Module 3: Styles de vie

Sport et temperament, les sports extremes, les loisirs, l’évolution des styles de vie, les regimes alimentaires, le poids et surpoids, le tabagisme, l’alcoolisme, les campagnes de prévention

L’imparfait des verbes réguliers et irréguliers, prepositions + infinitif, les adjectifs indéfinis, les pronoms “y/en”, les hypotheses avec “si”

Module 4: Education et avenir

Le système éducatif français, les filières du bac, les préoccupations des lycéens, l’histoire et l’avenir de l’éducation, l’enseignement supérieur, le choix de carrière, evolution des modes et de l’organisation du travail, les problemes du monde du travail

le subjonctif, verbes/expressions/conjonctions + subjonctif present, , revision des constructions avec “si”, les prepositions de temps, la concordance des temps

Module 5: Autour de nous

La francophonie, les motivations de vacanciers, le moyens de transports, réduire les émissions de CO2, les causes du réchauffement climatique, les catastrophes naturelles, le développement durable, les solutions pour sauver la planète

Le discours indirect, les phrases complexes, les pronoms indéfinis, le futur antérieur, revision la concordance des temps, les verbes impersonnels

  • Resources – levels for support, exam boards etc (web links needed for exam board/s)
  • Collins Bilingual dictionary
  • OCR AS French Elan, Marian Jones &al, Oxford University Press 2008
  • Edexcel AS French, Clive Bell & Anneli McLachlan, Heinemann 2008
  • AQA French, Elaine Armstrong & al, Oxford University Press 2014
  • AS Revision Guide, Letts 2010
  • Objectif Bac 1, Martine Pillette, Collins Educational 2001
  • Grammaire Progressive du Français, Maia Gregoire & Odile Thievenaz, Cle International 2002




A2 Level:

Module 1: la pollution et énergie

Fleau de la planete, le transport, Les energies non renouvelables, les energies renouvelables, les attitudes changeantes, groupes de pression

Subjonctif present/passe + verbes/expressions/conjonctions, pronoms relatifs, revision: temps de l’indicatif, comparaisons, questions

Module 2: Richesse et pauvreté

Inégalités croissantes, la mondialisation,  le pouvoir des banques, l’embarras des riches, les racines de la misère, les guerres, la solidarité internationale

Conditionnel present et passe, infinitif passe, accords, revision: si + concordance des temps, les pronoms et leurs positions, les voix active et passive

Module 3: l’ordre public

La police, les CRS et la gendarmerie, la délinquance, causes et effets, la criminalité, crime et châtiment, les prisons juvéniles

Passe simple et passe anterieur, les verbes à prepositions, les conjonctions de subordinations, revision: la negation, les verbes irréguliers

Module 4: l’immigration

Le colonialisme, le  multiculturalisme, le movement des peoples au sein de l’UE, l’intégration républicaine, la discrimination

L’imparfait et le plus-que-parfait avec “avoir/être”, accord du participle passé, les expressions impersonnelles, revision: l’emploi du participe present/de l’infinitif

Module 5: Sciences et technologies

Diagnostic: informatique, l’aerospatial et les satellites, progrès technologiques,  développement scientifique et problèmes d’éthique

Le futur anterieur avec “avoir/être”, accord du participe passé, l’impératif present et passe, expressions idiomatiques, adjectifs et pronoms demonstratives


  • Resources – levels for support, exam boards etc (web links needed for exam board/s)
  • Collins Bilingual dictionary
  • OCR A2 French Elan, Marian Jones &al, Oxford University Press 2008
  • Edexcel A2 French, Clive Bell & Anneli McLachlan, Heinemann 2008
  • AQA French A2, Elaine Armstrong & al, Nelson Thornes 2014
  • A2 Revision Guide, Letts 2010
  • Objectif Bac 2, Martine Pillette, Collins Educational 2001
  • Grammaire Progressive du Français, Maia Gregoire & Odile Thievenaz, Cle International 2002



  • Articles and gender (with abstract nouns)
  • Adjectives (regular/irregular)
  • Possessive adjectives and pronouns
  • Agreements (articles, adjectives, verb/subject)
  • Comparative, Superlative (regular/ irregular)
  • Adverbs
  • Subject/ Direct/ Indirect Object pronouns
  • Modal verbs
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Impersonal verbs
  • Regular/irregular verbs in every tense
  • Present tense
  • Perfect tense
  • Agreement of the past participle with avoir/ être
  • Imperfect tense
  • Pluperfect tense
  • Future Simple/ Near Future
  • Future perfect
  • Conditional Present
  • Conditional Past
  • Hypotheses with “si”
  • Use of tenses with “si” and “depuis”
  • Imperative
  • Gerund
  • Subjunctive present
  • Subjunctive past
  • Past historic
  • Past anterior
  • Question words
  • Negatives
  • Time markers
  • Prepositions
  • Connectives and conjunctions
  • Ordinal/ cardinal numbers
  • Idiomatic structures