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As MFL teachers, we believe that learning foreign languages is important, not only for the academic success, but also for the personal development of the student.

Students mostly work in mixed ability classes where differentiation is an important part of the lesson to allow all students to make progress. We hope to give students an insight into the culture of the country or countries where the Foreign Language they are learning is spoken.

Through learning a Modern Foreign Language, students develop skills that vary from being able to communicate on holiday to building the bases to learn the language at a higher level. The study skills developed through learning a language can also support other subjects.

The assessments are based on the work done on the topic and cover both grammar and vocabulary knowledge.

Such assessments are developed to monitor the student’s progress in all four skills necessary for MFL: Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking.

In our teaching, we use a variety of resources and methods, as well as games and online tools such as Linguascope, Español-extra and Quizlet.


Key Stage 3

Spanish is the only language studied at Key Stage 3. Students cover a variety of GCSE topics in preparation for their GCSE. These topics are re-visited in the later stages of their college life. All four skill areas – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking - are covered during KS3, building the foundation necessary to develop their foreign language knowledge. Cultural topics are also included in order to make the subject more relatable to and realistic.


Year 7

Topics covered in the Year 7 Scheme of Work are:

  • Introducing yourself
  • Describing yourself and others
  • School
  • Free time
  • Where I live


Students learn vocabulary and grammar so that they can manipulate the language and apply it to any situation. They develop a basic cultural awareness of the country where the language is spoken.

There will be weekly vocabulary tests to enhance knowledge.

Translation skills are also taught from both English to Spanish and vice versa.


Year 8

Topics covered:

  • Holidays
  • Films and Technology
  • Food
  • Free Time
  • Clothes
  • Holiday Activities.

Students learn vocabulary and grammar. They develop a basic cultural awareness of the country where the language is spoken.

There will be weekly vocabulary tests to enhance knowledge.


Year 9

Topics covered:

  • Young people
  • Holidays
  • Jobs and careers
  • Social networks
  • Healthy living
  • Environment 

There is the opportunity to go to Barcelona at the end of Y9.


Key Stage 4

The general aim of the GCSE course is to enable students to successfully achieve a number of objectives in a productive and supportive environment. The main aims are:

  • To develop the ability to understand and use Spanish effectively for purposes of practical communication, ie talking, listening, reading and writing.
  • To develop the ability to use and understand Spanish both imaginatively and creatively.
  • To develop an understanding of the grammar of Spanish.
  • To offer insights into the culture and civilisations of Spanish speaking countries and communities.
  • To form a sound base of the skills, language and attitude required for further study, work and leisure for further studies after Springwell.

Theme 1; Identity and culture

Topic 1 - Me, my family and friends, relationships with family and friends, marriage / partnership

Topic 2 - Technology in everyday life, social media, mobile technology

Topic 3 - Free-time activities, music, cinema and TV, food and eating out, sport

Theme 2; Local, National and International and Global areas of interest

Topic 1 - Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2 - Social issues, charity /voluntary work, healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3 - Global issues, the environment, poverty/homelessness

Theme 3; Current and future study and employment

Topic 1 - My studies

Topic 2 - Life at school/college

Topic 3 - Education Post 16

Topic 4 - Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Students will be assessed in all four skill areas at the end of Year 11.  Each exam carries an equal weighting

Listening – 25%

Speaking – 25%

Reading – 25%

Writing – 25%

There is the opportunity to take part in an intensive residential to Castleton the weekend before the speaking exams.

We are currently running a trip for Year 10/11 to Madrid and hope to continue this annually.


Career Opportunities

The learning of Modern Foreign Languages develops skills that are transferable to a wide variety of career paths - including Interpreting, translation, engineering, fashion, buying and scientific research - and are widely recognised and valued by employers and universities. Using a language at work could raise your salary by up to 20%!