Modern Foreign Languages

A life skill
Learning languages is essential for the social and economic future of Great Britain.  Furthermore, learning a language helps people to understand the world that they live in as well as the cultures of foreign people around the world.

A recent CBI survey indicates that companies in the UK believe shortfalls in international cultural awareness may jeopardise the country’s prospects of international trade.  Individuals may also suffer reduced prospects of employment in an increasingly globalised economy. We must remember that 75% of the world’s population speak no English at all increasing the need to learn languages.  Those wanting to achieve the English Bacaulaureat at GCSE will need to take a language.

At Dyson Perrin’s our aim is to teach languages in a stimulating yet challenging fashion.  We seek to inspire our students in order to enable them to use their linguistic skills in the future, whether this eventually be in the context of work or leisure. We endeavour to help to develop our students as confident, resourceful and responsible learners.

Departmental Rooms & Resources
We have 4 languages rooms all of which benefit from a computer & projector with audio capacity.  One of the rooms has an interactive whiteboard.  All teachers use ICT as an integral part of their teaching.  We have a wide variety of resources which students can use to develop their linguistic skills.

Our classrooms are welcoming with displays of students’ work and photographs of visits abroad.  We value rewards and our students receive stickers and merits in class.  In addition we nominate ‘linguists of the term’ and parents are informed of this accolade via letter.

Educational Visits and Events
There are many opportunities within the curriculum and during for students to participate in off-site visits, which enhance their learning. For example, students can opt to spend a week in France, Spain or Germany for Key Stages 3,4 and 5 to develop their language skills.

Our KS5 students can have a work experience placement abroad, organised with the School's careers advisor.

There are events held locally such as the celebration of 'European Day of Languages', a visit to the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham and our students have the opportunity to teach French and German in local Primary Schools.

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

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way."
Frank Smith

Year 7 Curriculum Overview

Year 7 Autumn
Self, family, physical descriptions, school and animals.
• Personal details, classroom objects
• Adjectives of colours and size
• Personality, family and pets.
• Opinions and favourites
• Physical appearance

Year 7 Spring
Home and local area

• Town, directions and region
• House and rooms
• Revision of adjectives and opinions
• Telling the time
• Snacks and drinks, going out to the café

Year 7 Summer
School, leisure and routines

• Daily routine
• School subjects, timetable and opinions
• What we like doing in our free time
• Sports, hobbies.
• Talking about holidays and places to see

Year 8 Curriculum Overview

In Year 8, gifted linguists will have the opportunity to study French and Spanish

Year 8 Autumn
Family, hobbies and jobs
• Talking about your family
• Future jobs
• Describing the weather
• Going out and free time.
• Opinions and reasons
• Talk about TV, music and film genres

Year 8 Spring
Going out, foods and drinks
• Asking someone to go out and making excuses
• Shopping, clothes, fashion
• Talking about food and healthy lifestyle.
• Shopping for food, going to the restaurant

Year 8 Summer
Holidays and friends
• Countries and languages
• Opinions and places to stay during holidays
• Talking about your friends
• Pocket money and wishes, hopes
• Internet and different gadgets

Year 9 Curriculum Overview

In Year 9, students will be taught at GCSE level in order to facilitate their increasingly arduous language journey into a positive experience and ultimately a successful MFL GCSE. They will either study French or Spanish with the exception of our gifted linguists who will have the opportunity to study both languages. Assessment Method - MFL KS4 from 2018 – Each topic is design to cover the following strands or Assessment Objectives.

Listening – AO1
• listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately
• transcribe words and short sentences that they hear with increasing accuracy.

Speaking – AO2
• initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses, making use of important social conventions such as formal modes of address
• express and develop ideas clearly and with increasing accuracy, both orally and in writing
• speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation.

Reading – A03
• read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials from a range of different sources, understanding the purpose, important ideas and details, and provide an accurate English translation of short, suitable material
• read literary texts in the language, such as stories, songs, poems and letters, to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture.

Writing – A04
• write prose using an increasingly wide range of grammar and vocabulary, write creatively to express their own ideas and opinions, and translate short written text accurately into the foreign language.


Year 9 Autumn
Identity and culture
• Relationships with family and friends.

Local, national, international and global areas of interest
• Home, town, neighbourhood and regions.
Current and future study and employment
• School and school subjects.

Year 9 Spring
Identity and culture
• Music, cinema and TV.

Identity and culture
• Free time activities.
• Sports.
• Food and eating out.

Year 9 Summer
Identity and culture
• Customs and festivals


GCSE French is offered as an extra-curricular activity for students who want the option of taking more GCSEs.  These lessons take place outside of lesson time.  Studying a language GCSE, in addition to your options, illustrates commitment and dedication and looks great on a CV.

From September 2017, we will offer year 9 students the opportunity to study for the nationally-recognised Language Leader Award; organised by Routes into Languages East at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.  Students complete a detailed application form, attend an interview and if successful, they attend a 60-minute session per week learning to be a Languages Teacher. The course culminates in students delivering 3 x 20 minute language lessons to younger learners. More information about this award can  be found at:  Application forms will be available for year 8 students in May each year.

We also offer intervention sessions for year 11 after school on Fridays to support students in improving their GCSE grades and a homework club on Friday lunchtimes for all years, in which students can work independently or ask for help with any tasks they find particularly challenging.


Language classes at KS5 tend to be very small groups and students have excellent 1:1 time with their teacher.  

At Dyson Perrins, we follow the AQA AS and A2 specifications and numbers permitting, we are able to offer A-Level courses in French, German and Spanish. We have several links with schools in France, Germany and Spain and through these links, our students will be able to develop friendships with students in those countries. This provides them with a real-life opportunity to put their classroom language into practice.

Students are also given the opportunity to attend Language Study Days at several UK universities including Oxford, Cambridge and the University of Birmingham, in order to experience the life of an MFL undergraduate.

Key Stage 4 - Minority Languages

GCSEs exist in a number of minority languages and native speakers of those languages will be supported to sit full or half GCSEs in their mother tongue.

Full GCSEs involve assessments in Listening, Speaking, Reading AND Writing. Half GCSEs consist of assessments in Listening and Speaking OR Reading and Writing.

For a full list of current GCSE Minority Language exams offered by exam boards, students should speak to a member of MFL staff.

Key Stage 4 - French, German & Spanish

Language classes in KS4 tend to consist of 20 students, enabling students to benefit from close supervision and targeted intervention from their teacher. GCSE students are examined in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.  Students follow the AQA specification.

In lessons, students continually carry out a range of GCSE exam-style tasks, in order to be fully prepared to meet the demands of the final linear exams in year 11. The scheme of work in all 3 languages consists of 3 themes:

Theme 1 - Identity and culture
Theme 2 - Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3 - Current and future study and employment

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the daily life and culture of inhabitants of the target language countries, make comparisons, analyse differences, give opinions and communicate effectively.  We also have several links with schools in France, Germany and Spain and through these links, students will be able to put their classroom learning into practice.

The vocabulary lists for GCSE can be practiced interactively using these excellent apps:


* Dyson Perrins subscribes annually to Linguascope, ensuring that the whole site (including apps) remains free of charge for our students.  Students can obtain login information for Linguascope from their MFL teacher and should access any payable apps free-of-charge via the main Linguascope website, rather than through the App Store or Google Play.

Key Stage 3 - Second Language

In year 8, our students have the opportunity to pick up a second language (either Spanish or German), which they study in year 8 and 9.  They develop a comprehensive understanding of this second language and discover similarities and differences between languages and cultures, in order to make an informed choice about which language or languages they would like to choose at GCSE.

Key Stage 3 - Main Language

All students study French from year 7 to year 9.  Students develop their understanding of French language and culture, improve their grammatical knowledge and learn about the life of a teenager in France.

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