Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Plans: Please click here for the curriculum plans for MFL 

Curriculum Overview

Entitlement: All pupils at Trumpington have the right to learn the basics of another European Language and to explore the culture(s) where that language is spoken.

Coherence: Our MFL curriculum for French and Spanish is carefully sequenced so that knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and phonics builds term by term and year by year. Linguistic competency deepens and expands at every step.

Mastery: We ensure that linguistic knowledge and its application in context are secure before moving on. Pupils revisit prior learning and apply it in an increasingly sophisticated manner.

Adaptability: The core linguistic competencies and essential vocabulary are the same in all contexts, but departments and teachers adapt lessons and tailor specific content to meet the needs of their pupils.

Representation: Our curriculum at Trumpington presents French and Spanish as global languages, spoken by a diversity of people.

Education with character: MFL provide pupils with an opportunity to learn about other peoples, cultures and beliefs and compare them with their own.

Curriculum Plans

Please click here for the curriculum plans for MFL

Curriculum Map - MFL

Key Stage 3

At Trumpington, we are currently offering French and Spanish as our main language.  However, all our students in Key Stage 3 begin with either revising or being introduced to the basics of both French and Spanish through the topics of introductions and talking about themselves.  Key vocabulary and grammatical structures are taught and revisited throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 with an increase in complexity to help develop students listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  We study a variety of topics which link to French and Spanish speaking countries and exposes our students to many different areas.

Key Stage 4

At Trumpington we follow the AQA exam syllabus and over the two years, we revisit the topics from Key Stage 3 but in greater detail.  There is a focus on more complicated structures and a higher level of vocabulary and specific exam skills, especially in speaking and writing.

We also offer Key Stage 4 students the opportunity to complete the GCSE in their home language (if the GCSE is offered).  In previous years, students have completed GCSEs in Turkish, Modern Hebrew, Italian, German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese to name but a few.

Useful websites and links

www.aqa.org.uk (French and Spanish exam board)
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html (some Home Languages exam boards)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize (Useful revision resources)
www.memrise.com (vocabulary practice)
www.quizlet.com (vocabulary practice)

Progression to University and Careers

Languages are prized by employers as students develop the ability to talk with lots of different nationalities and to be able to work with lots of different groups of people.  There are lots of options for further study, such as traditional language degrees or combining a language with another subject for example Business, Law, Economics, Geography, History etc.

Possible careers with a language includes:

  • Translator / Interpreter
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Tourist Guide
  • Academic Researcher
  • Journalist & Broadcast Journalist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Management Accountant …                   and so many more.