Department Staff:

Mrs E Davies (Head of Department)

MrJ Dennis


Subject Overview

All pupils will study French or Spanish at Key Stage Three, providing a strong foundation in either language should they continue with their studies at Key Stage Four and work towards a GCSE qualification. Languages are important to us at Savio Salesian College. We work hard to make our language lessons fun and relevant and also provide extra-curricular activities where possible such as trips to local universities for taster days and participation in the Routes into Languages National Spelling Bee competition. We are also excited about developing a new link with a Salesian school in Spain.

Pupils are set homework regularly and are expected to learn the vocabulary covered in class. A little bit of practice often is a great way to learn a foreign language. Various useful websites are listed below. The department also has a twitter account @saviomfl to promote language learning and also the fantastic effort made by our pupils.


 Key Stage 3 Overview (Years 7-9)

Pupils receive 4 hours of MFL over a fortnight and are set by ability. All pupils are taught and assessed in the four key skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Pupils will cover topic-based units of work as follows:


Year 7 - Introducing yourself, talking about your friends and family, school, hobbies

Year 8– House and Home, finding your way in town, my day, free-time, arranging to go out

Year 9 – Food and drink, travel, health, youth culture. (Please note the year 9 curriculum is subject to change due to changes in the GCSE. There is currently no year 9 French but these topics are anticipated to be covered next year by the current year 8 cohort.)


Year 7 - Introducing yourself, talking about your friends and family, school, hobbies

Year 8 – House and Home, free-time, food, travel

Year 9 - my life, TV and cinema, fashion, health




Key Stage 4 Overview (Years 10-11)


At Key Stage 4 pupils in both languages work towards a GCSE qualification. We follow the Eduqas specification (previously WJEC).

The marks for the current Year 11 French and Spanish consist of:

  • 30 %  allocated for writing in the form of two controlled assessments. Pupils are given a topic 2 weeks in advance of their assessment and must prepare a piece of writing of 200-350 words. Pupils are encouraged to use a 40 word ‘help sheet’ and a dictionary in the exam.
  • 30% allocated for two controlled speaking assessments, one in the summer tem of year 10 ( which can be re-sat if necessary in year 11 ) and another in the autumn term of year 11. Similarly to the writing, pupils are given atopic two weeks in advance and have to prepare for ap resonation and discussion or just a conversation on the topic. They are allowed to use up to 30 words in the form of notes or a mindmap.
  • The remaining 40% of marks are split equally between skills of listening and reading. Pupils sit either the higher or foundation paper in the summer term as part of their GCSE examinations. If your child does not perform as well as hoped in the controlled assessments there is the opportunity to re-sit .

We use Expo Active Teach for this cohort.

The current Year 10 will be the first to sit the new style specification GCSE. There will be no controlled assessment; pupils will be assessed in the form of a final examination using the new 1-9 grades. Pupils must sit all foundation or all higher papers and dictionaries will not be allowed. All four assessment objectives – speaking, listening, reading and writing – are now equally weighted. There is more focus on spontaneous speech, grammar, translation and literary texts although much of the actual content is the same and is organised under 3 themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment


We will use the new Studio Active Teach software for the new GCSE along with additional online resources provided by Eduqas. 



Useful Websites:  Your teacher will provide you with a password to this site where you can learn a variety of different languages through games. Good for KS3 and KS4 and ideal for revision. They also have a very handy app. This is an excellent online dictionary. Again, there is also an app and this is a motivating way to practise French and Spanish (amongst other languages) and compete against your classmates.