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StPeters Nov18 43Language learning is great fun and enables us to explore the wider world whilst learning a really useful life skill. We are fortunate here at St Peter's 8-13 to be able to offer pupils the opportunity to study French, German and Spanish. Modern foreign language lessons are exciting, creative and focused learning environments where pupils practise their skills through drama, art, role play, games, music, creative writing and a whole range of diverse activities.

Overview of Modern Foreign Languages at St Peter's 8-13

In J1 and J2 (Years 4 and 5) pupils are taught French, German and Spanish as part of the Language Awareness programme. In J3 (Year 6) pupils follow a course entitled ‘Language & Culture’. Modules of eight weeks of French, German and Spanish are taught. Pupils are then invited to choose any two of the languages, which they will then study in Years 7, 8 (J4 and J5) and also Third Form (Year 9) when they move on to St Peter’s 13-18. At present pupils at St Peter’s 13-18 are required to study a minimum of one language to GCSE level.

Language Awareness – J1 and J2

The J1 and J2 language awareness course is designed to build pupil confidence with speaking in a new language through fun and lively lessons. Pupils study a term each of German, French and Spanish. Language games, singing, drama, animations and crafts are all used to engage pupils in this new area of study. Each term a central story provides inspiration for the vocabulary and language covered. For example, the ‘Three Little Pigs’ storybook enjoyed in Spanish in J1 offers the opportunity to learn family vocabulary and rooms in the house. Similarly, the storybook ‘Herzlichen Glückwunsch lieber Mond’ offers a great way to learn about birthdays, environment vocabulary and months in J2 German. The French courses in both J1 and J2 also have a particular phonics focus in order to tackle this key skill from an early stage.

Language and Culture – J3

The Language and Culture course is very much about offering pupils a real context for their language studies. As they explore French, German and Spanish throughout the year, this is done through the study of a range of cultural elements. These will vary from language to language, but may include: study of a region, a popular festival, current music trends, a famous artist, film or sport. Pupils will also have the opportunity to practise useful transactional vocabulary (ordering food/shopping) through role play to build confidence with using their new languages when travelling abroad. The third term is designed to enable pupils to choose a particular area of personal interest from the course to explore in greater detail, through independent learning and research.

Modern Foreign Languages – J4 and J5

From the begining of J4 pupils will study two foreign languages chosen from German, French and Spanish. This scheme has been introduced to give parity to the languages. French, German and Spanish have the same amount of curriculum time: two lessons of each language per week in J4 and three lessons in J5.

Across all three languages, the emphasis is initially very much on oral and aural skills, using games, role play and ICT to enhance language learning. The essence of language is communication and although the children are taught in mixed ability groups in J4 and J5, the key aim is that each child is comfortable and confident using their newly acquired skills. Reading skills are developed using authentic materials wherever possible, with supplementary materials available on the school intranet for pupils to access independently. Writing is gradually introduced throughout the course and work can be seen displayed on the walls of the MFL area and in the classrooms. There is an annual spelling bee for J4 pupils to showcase their emerging spelling skills and to consolidate common items of vocabulary. In J5 all pupils take part in a reading competition in each language studied, to celebrate their developing accent and pronunciation skills.

French follows the Dynamo 1 course, German is structured around Stimmt 1 and Spanish uses the Viva 1 course.

We are fortunate to have three foreign language assistants, one assistant for each of the languages.  They work with pupils on an individual basis, in groups, or with the teacher in class. The assistants bring a valuable insight into their country and culture.

We use Activelearn Online in lessons both for teacher-led and also independent learning. Pupils are encouraged to use the school intranet, as well as Activelearn Online to access teaching and learning materials, homework tasks, revision resources and extra opportunities for further practice.

There is also the opportunity for all pupils to come along and enjoy their languages in a more informal setting at ‘International Club’. Here we watch films (usually with subtitles!), listen to current music from around the world, play international board games, prepare (and eat!) international food and enjoy a little bit of craft and drama too.

The 'MFL Hub' is another great resource which hosts a suite of PCs as well as an MFL reading and DVD library. This room is open to all pupils during several lunchtimes each week for homework support or for independent use of the many resources available.

MFL Curriculum Summary






Term 3

Le petit chaperon rouge storybook – woodland vocabulary

French phonics – part 1

Term 1

Die Kleine Raupe Nimmersatt storybook – food and fruits, days, numbers, basic greetings, butterfly life cycle.

Term 2

Los tres cerditos fairytale – family, house, basic greetings, Easter in Spain.


Term 1

French phonics – part 2

Term 2

Herzlichen Glückwunsch lieber Mond storybook – environment, birthdays, numbers to 31, months.

Term 3

Blancanieves storybook – colours, clothes, adjective agreement.



7 week module:

Alsace et Strasbourg

Le 14 juillet

La Rentrée & shopping for stationery

Azur et Asmar film study

7 week module:

Intro to German

Geography of Germany

Bavaria & the Black Forest

Christmas / Easter traditions

Food and drink at a ski resort

Ostwind film study

7 week module:

Buying tapas

Cantabría & the Picos mountains

Modern Latin music

Carlitos film study


Summer term:

4 weeks:  Independent research project on one of the above modules in greater depth.

5 weeks: Language awareness – a study of grammar and language across multiple languages


Numbers, greetings, personal information, brothers & sisters, describing a classroom, talking about likes & dislikes, describing character, saying what you do., colours, telling time, opinions on school subjects, describing what you wear to school, talking about the school day, learning about a typical French school

Film study: Kirikou or Petit Nicolas

Introducing yourself, numbers, alphabet, desribing your character, asking and answering questions, pets, family members, age, describing family members, birthdays

Film study: Fünf Freunde

Personal information, greetings, personality, family, numbers, alphabet, pets, activities, sport, weather, school subjects, opinions.

Film study: Zipi y Zape y el club de la cánica


Weather, seasons, sports and activities, sport in French-speaking countries, what you like doing., animals, higher numbers, your family, where you live,  breakfast,  Bastille day, places in town, saying where you go at the week-end, inviting someone out, ordering in a café, saying what you are going to do, talking about special week-end plans, saying what you did last week-end.

Film study: Les choristes

Sports and leisure, mobiles and computers, school subjects, days and times, describing teachers, school facilities and rules, places in town, buying souvenirs, buying snacks & drinks, holiday plans.

Film study: Das Wunder von Bern


School descriptions, break time, family, descriptions of self & others, where you live, carnival, town descriptions, time, ordering in a café, week-end plans

Film study: Voces inocentes




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