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Middlewich High School

Achievement for all

Modern Foreign Languages

"For communication, work, leisure and a global future."


Our intent is to plan and teach an inspiring and memorable MFL curriculum with carefully selected core vocabulary and grammatical structures, whilst embedding the sound-writing relationship.   All students study either French or Spanish in Years 7 and 8, focusing on one language to allow for deeper knowledge and understanding.  Students are encouraged to follow a pathway which will broaden horizons, deepen cultural knowledge and understanding and open doors for them as future citizens of Europe and the wider world. 

Valuing our subject and its place in an academic curriculum, we promote the importance of the EBacc and it is our intention to increase MFL uptake in Key Stage 4.  We aim to deliver good and outstanding lessons informed by cognitive science, and particularly the work of Dr Gianfranco Conti, and supported by inspirational teaching with high expectations of behaviour and learning.  There are frequent, planned opportunities for recall, repetition and reuse in a variety of contexts leading over time to mastery.    In Years 7 and 8, all students are taught the foundations to become successful linguists.  Key vocabulary, structures and tenses are taught which students learn to apply in a number of different contexts, thus promoting technical accuracy and spontaneity.  Students are able to apply these solid foundations in Year 9 and beyond as they begin the transition to GCSE work and re-visit these core foundations which they have covered in Years 7 and 8 in greater depth.   At the end of GCSE students will have attained a degree of fluency and increased spontaneity.


There is a wide range of opportunities and experiences on offer at Middlewich High School for learning languages and communication and language skills in lessons, in clubs and extra-curricular activities and on visits abroad.


  • To develop communication skills in the target language.
  • To develop language-learning skills for the future.
  • To encourage an understanding of other peoples and cultures.
  • To foster links with other countries.


Through interactive presentations, songs, games and other language-learning activities pupils become familiar with the sounds, written form and grammar of the language. They develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and use this knowledge to express themselves in role plays, conversations and writing. They improve their understanding of the language by listening to recordings of people talking about different subjects and by reading a range of texts. They also increase their cultural awareness by learning about communities where the language is spoken. Most pupils in Key Stage 3 currently learn either French or Spanish.


All pupils aspiring to careers with potential international dimensions are encouraged to study at least one language to GCSE level.

In our French and Spanish GCSE courses we stress the use of the foreign language in authentic situations. Students are expected to understand both spoken and written sources.

The content that will be studied comes from three broad themes which are divided into sub-themes.


Identity and Culture

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Current and future study and employment

Youth Culture

  • Self and relationships
  • Technology and social media



  • Health and fitness
  • Entertainment and leisure




Customs and Traditions

  • Food and drink
  • Festivals and celebrations

Home and Locality

  • Local areas of interest
  • Transport



France / Spain and French / Spanish-speaking countries

  • Local and regional features and characteristics
  • Holidays and tourism

Global Sustainability

  • Environment
  • Social Issues

Current Study

  • School / college life
  • School / college studies


World of Work

  • Work experience and part-time jobs
  • Skills and personal qualities



Jobs and Future Plans

  • Applying for work / study
  • Career plans


Within each topic, the four main language skills are practised; listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Each component is worth 25% of the total marks and is assessed at the end of Year 11 at Foundation or Higher Tier as appropriate.


Pupils across all key stages are encouraged to participate in a variety of language activities and classes.  Throughout the year we celebrate a number of cultural events including the European Day of Languages on 26th  September.  


The department makes extensive use of ICT facilities in the school and in the language rooms. Classrooms are equipped with Promethean interactive whiteboards and a number of laptops are available to support learning. Students can make use of a range of special interactive software on the school which can also be accessed from home for extra practice. The textbooks and course materials used are up-to-date and have been supplemented by a range of material, both printed and available electronically on the school network. This material has been developed by language teachers within the school to support the differing learning styles and encourage the aspiration of individual pupils.