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The Modern Foreign Languages department has three part-time and one full time language specialist who teach in four subject classrooms.

The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Curriculum Intent:

We would like the MFL curriculum at PHS to give all pupils in KS3 and 4 linguistic and cultural opportunities as per the whole school intent. We believe that learning a language exposes all pupils to greater cultural awareness and stimulates and challenges pupils to learn about the world beyond the classroom, this is especially important for D and SEN pupils.

We want our pupils to be confident learners, aware of job opportunities, cultural differences and happy to explore.  We aim to produce confident, capable and articulate linguists who are self-sufficient in their speaking, writing and comprehension with a range of vocabulary, tenses and complex structures.

We have identified grammar work pupils missed in lockdown and intend to address this during the year as they meet that grammar again. In MFL we visit and re visit grammar on a regular basis.

We know what end points the curriculum is building towards, what pupils will be able to know and do at those end points, and have planned the curriculum accordingly. Our curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards its clearly defined end points. Language learning here is built on the three pillars of phonics, grammar and vocabulary.

French Curriculum Plan





KS3+4: Philips High School KS5:


Careers: 18+
7 8 9 10 11
Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding

Explore the patterns and sounds of a language

through songs and rhymes and link the sound, spelling and meaning of words

Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, express

opinions and respond to those of others

Speak in sentences, using familiar

vocabulary, phrases and basic language


Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation

Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences

Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple


Appreciate stories, songs, poems and

rhymes in the language

Broaden vocabulary

Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new

sentences, to express ideas clearly

Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing

Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being


HT1 Introducing myself

How are you?

What is your name?

Where do you live?

How old are you and when is your birthday?

Do you have siblings?

My likes and dislikes

My personality

My pets

My appearance

My town

What is and isn’t there in your town?

Where do you go at the weekend?

Do you want to do to the café?

What would you like?

What are you going to do in Paris?

What is the weather like?

I’m going to visit Paris!

My world

My likes and dislikes

Friends forever

How did you

celebrate your birthday?

What are you going to wear for your


Me, my family and my friends


Free time (1)


Customs and festivals (1)

Travel and tourism




Jobs and careers

Holy Cross

















Jobs directly related to languages:

Academic researcher


Political risk analyst



Jobs where languages would be useful:

Broadcast journalist


Diplomatic service officer

Education consultant

Teacher of English as a Foreign

Language (TEFL)

International aid/ development worker

International banking and investment

Logistics and distribution manager

Marketing executive

·          Patent examiner

Private tutor

Publishing rights manager

Sales executive

Tour manager

HT3 My school

What do you think of your subjects?

What do you wear for school?

What is your school day like?

What’s the time?

What is and isn’t there in school?

My holidays

Did you have a good holiday?

What did you do on holiday?

Where did you go on holiday?

What didn’t you do on holiday?

Usual and past holidays

Future plans

Where do you work?

How to earn money

What I do to earn money

What do you want to do later in life?

Plans for the future

Customs and festivals (2)


Free time (2)


Technology (1)

Social issues (poverty,

unemployment, discrimination)


Global issues (environment, world affairs)

HT5 My free time

What sports do you play?

What hobbies do you have?

What do you like to do and why?

Making questions

Understanding questions

Festivals and celebrations

Which festival and when is it?

What’s your favourite festival?

At the carnival

Buying food

Food for a festival

Plans for the future

My life through music

Types of music

French-speaking singers

Musical taste

What were you like when younger?

What was your

primary school like?

Before, and today

Technology (2)


Home town, neighbourhood and region






Listening 25%

Speaking 25%

Reading 25%

Writing 25%


If you would like more information about your child’s work in MFL, please contact the Head of Department: Ms Beaud

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