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. We have had our current bid for an Erasmus exchange to Seville put on hold due to COVID but we are looking forward to future trips as they are so much fun! We were most recently involved in a fantastic exchange with schools in France, Spain and Germany. Our pupils took part in work placements in all countries and stayed with host families, making memories that will last a lifetime. Our pupils really benefited from taking part in this amazing opportunity. 


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 5 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 using Dynamo for French and Viva for Spanish from Pearson. Topics at Key Stage 3 lead into the three themes at GCSE - Identity and culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest and Current and future study and employment. Selected year 9 pupils will begin GCSE material to allow optimum preparation time for the new course.


Key Stage 4 Overview




At Key Stage 4, pupils in both languages work towards a GCSE qualification. We follow the AQA specification.


There is no longer any 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 AQA.


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. - On the website or the app pupils should look for MrsDavies_Savio and join the relevant class. There are lots of vocabulary games here made by your teachers or you can make your own or search for different topics others may have uploaded.