“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language – that goes to his heart.” 

                                           Nelson Mandela


Key Stage 3


MFL 2016The purpose of the Y7 French curriculum is to instill a love of language learning in our students from a young age as well as build on any prior knowledge they have from primary school. By the end of Y7 students will have covered all of the basic vocabulary needed to hold a simple conversation in French and they will be able to understand short passages of the spoken and written language.



In Year 7 French, students will study the following 6 topics:

  • La r’entrée: Greetings, name, age, birthday, colours and numbers
  • La r’entrée cntd: Talking about your height, size personality
  • En clase: To talk about your school subjects and school day
  • Mon temps libre: Talking about sports and hobbies
  • Ma vie de Famille: Describing your daily routine and telling the time
  • En ville: Places in town and simple directions 



The purpose of the Y8 French curriculum is to continue to build on the foundations laid in Y7 and to build up the students’ conversational skills as well as their understanding of a range of spoken and written texts. By the end of Y8 students should be able to sustain a short conversation and write short paragraphs in the Target  Language.



In Y8 French students study the following 6 topics:

  • Famille et domicille: Revision of family vocabulary from Y7 and introduction to more complex descriptions and adjectives.
  • Temps Libre: Describing what you like to do in your free-time
  • Les Sorties: Arranging social activities and the cinema
  • Manger et Boire: Talking about food and drink
  • Voyages and Vacances: Discussing holidays
  • Les Copains: Describing friends and relationships



The purpose of the Y9 French curriculum is to prepare our students for studying a language at GCSE. By the end of Y9 students will be familiar with the GCSE topic areas and they will be able to understand longer written and spoken passages. They should also be able to sustain a longer conversation, using pictures as a stimulus.



In Year 9 French, students study the following topics:

  • Moi et ma famille: family, jobs, personality
  • Mon temps libre: sports, hobbies
  • La technologie et les medias: mobile phones, internet, cinema
  • Ou j’habite: my local area and house
  • Au college: opinions about school subjects, timetables, teachers
  • Les Choristes: Studying and reviewing a French film



Students will be assessed every half term in the following skill areas:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing



Y7 & Y8 – Homework will be set once per fortnight as per the departmental policy. Students will be given a learning task (vocabulary test) as well as a more creative task to do which will allow them to apply the language in a different situation.

Y9 – Homework will be set once per fortnight as per the departmental policy. Students will be given a learning task (vocabulary test) as well as a translation or reading task to complete.



The following websites will be very useful to help your child with their MFL work:



We encourage our students to use their MFL skills outside of the classroom and we currently run a lunchtime club for academically more able and talented students as well as a Foreign Cinema club, both are very popular.

We also run a very successful residential trip to Chateau Beaumont in the summer term of Year 8. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to try out their French skills in a real situation.


Key Stage 4

FullSizeRender (2)At Trinity Catholic College, students are able to study French or German at GCSE. The Eduqas GCSEs in French and German are based on a conviction that learners studying a modern foreign language will develop their desire and ability to communicate with and understand speakers of the assessed language in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes. The aims of these GCSE courses are that students will broaden their horizons, develop a cultural knowledge and understanding and foster transferable skills such as confidence, communication, problem solving and creativity. They also aim to provide learners with a solid foundation on which to prepare them for future language study.


In both French and German there are 9 units to study over a two year period:

Topic 1 – Youth Culture

  • Self and relationships
  • Technology and social media


Topic 2 – Lifestyle

  • Health and fitness
  • Entertainment and leisure


Topic 3 – Customs and Traditions

  • Food and drink
  • Festivals and celebrations


Topic 4 – Home and Locality

  • Local areas of interest
  • Transport


Topic 5 – France/Germany and French/German speaking countries

  • Local and regional features and characteristics
  • Holidays and tourism


Topic 6 – Global Sustainability

  • Environment
  • Social issues

Topic 7 – Current Study

  • School/college life
  • School/college studies


Topic 8 – World of Work

  • Work experience and part-time jobs
  • Skills and personal qualities


Topic 9 – Jobs and Future Plans

  • Applying for work/study
  • Career plans



Students will be assessed at the end of the 2 year course in the following areas:

  • Speaking Exam worth 25%
  • Listening Exam worth 25%
  • Reading Exam worth 25%
  • Writing Exam worth 25%



Homework will be issued once per fortnight as per departmental policy.

Students will have a list of vocabulary to learn and will be tested on these words. They will also be issued with a homework booklet with practice exam questions and translations to complete.



To support your child in their GCSE French studies, the following websites are highly recommended.



As a department we believe strongly in developing and nurturing our future linguists. We offer lunchtime and after school revision sessions for KS4 pupils leading up to the examination period.

We also run a very successful Exchange Programme with our partner school in Mauriac whereby our pupils get to spend a week in France with a host family and the French students then return to Middlesbrough the following year.



Key Stage 5

French3At KS5 students opting for GCE languages receive 11 lessons per fortnight and follow the German and/ or French WJEC course.

They are encouraged to participate in visits abroad to enhance their learning and also have the opportunity to participate in work experience during year 12 or year 13.

They may also receive extra tuition, at least once a week, with a foreign language assistant in order to boost their language skills.

For more information, please view the A-Level specifications for French and German .


If you should like to find out more about the curriculum your Son/Daughter is following please e-mail:

Mr J Chisholm on chisholm.j@trinity.npcat.org.uk



Mr J Chisholm,  Curriculum Team Leader

Mrs K Richardson, Assistant Curriculum Team Leader

Mrs R Galliford, Subject Teacher

Mrs L Williams, Subject Teacher

Mrs B May, (Teaching Assistant)