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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Modern Foreign Languages

In KS3, all students study either French or Spanish.  You will learn phrases, vocabulary and grammar to understand and communicate on a wide variety of conversational topics.  

Being able to communicate effectively with those around you is one of the most important skills for life.  Communication is both getting your ideas across clearly and listening carefully to others.

Learning a foreign language will  help develop your listening skills and build your self-confidence to communicate with others.

French Curriculum 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Basic vocabulary, numbers and adjective Families, jobs present tense verbs French Culture and Leisure
Aut.2 Family  Free Time, Past tense avoir and etre  Future plans
Spr.1 Home and Region Going out – modal verbs  Health and fitness
Spr.2 In town , directions and navigation. Food, Drink and Festivals  The imperfect tense in different French settings
Sum.1 School and Daily Routine Holidays Travel 
Sum.2 Sports and hobbies Teenage Life Working life in France and rights

Spanish Curriculum 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Core text 7.1
Classroom Introduction and basic vocabulary 
Core text 8.1
Where you live, what there is to do, description of town

Core text 9.1 

Aut.2 Core text 7.2
Family, description
Core text 8.2
Rooms, Furniture, positions, activities at home

Core text 9.2 

Spr.1 Core text 7.3
Animals, colours, places
Core text 8.3
Sports, free time, time expressions, opinions, weather 

Core text 9.3 
Daily routine 

Spr.2 Core text 7.4
School subjects, opinions, time
Core text 8.4
Nationalities, drinks, fruit, souvenirs, holiday activities

Core text 9.4 
New Technology 
(GCSE Theme 1) 

Sum.1 Core text 7.5
Transport, daily routine at school, food in canteen
Core text 8.5
Role play scenarios – café and tourist office. Directions. More places in town.

Core text 9.5 
Film and TV 
(GCSE Theme 1) 

Sum.2 Core text 7.6 (Review)
School uniform
Core text 8.6 (Review)
Review of Year 7 and Year 8 
Review of KS3 


Spanish Evaluación Vocabulary Lists and Memrise

Evaluación vocabulary lists

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Memrise Autumn Term

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
1.1. Greetings 3.10 School Uniform 7.1 Nationalities
1.2a Numbers 1-12 4.1 Where do you live? 7.2 Holiday Activities
1.2b Numbers 1-31 4.2 Town Adjectives 7.3 Vegetables
1.3  Months and dates  4.3 More Places in Town 7.4 Meat
1.4 Days of the Week 4.4 Activities 7.5 Fish and Seafood
1.5 Classroom Objects 4.5 Rooms 7.6 Quantities
1.6 Characteristics 4.6 Furniture 7.7a In the Restaurant
1.7 Compass Points 4.7a Positions 7.7b In the Restaurant
1.8 Countries 4.7b Positions in the House  
  4.8 Activities at Home  

Memrise Spring Term 

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
2.1a Family 5.1 'Practicar' Sports 8.1 The Body
2.1b Family 5.2 'Jugar'  Sports 8.3 At the Chemist's
2.2a Descriptions 5.3 Adjectives about Sports 8.4a Daily Routine (I forms)
2.2b Descriptions 5.4 Weather 8.4b Daily Routine (Infinitives)
2.3 More Characteristics 5.5 Time Expressions 8.5 Breakfast
2.4 Animals 5.6 Free Time Activities  
2.5 Colours 5.7 More Clothes  
2.6 Places    
2.7 Opinion Adjectives    

Memrise Summer Term 

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
3.1 Time 6.1 Drinks 9.1.1 Electronic Equipment
3.2 Opinions 6.2 Ice Cream Parlour 9.1.2a Uses for new technology
3.3a School Subjects 6.3 Numbers 20-199 9.1.2b Uses for new technology
3.4a Adjectives (Subjects) 6.4 Fruit 9.1.3 Describing apps
3.4b Adjectives (People) 6.5 in the Café  9.1.4 Computers
3.5 Places in School 6.6 Souvenirs 9.1.5 Internet
3.6 Other School Words 6.7 In the Tourist Office 9.1.6 Disadvantages of new technology
3.7 Transport 6.8 Directions 9.2.1 Film types
3.8 Weather and Expressions of Frequency 6.9 Even More Places in Town 9.2.2 Describing a film
3.9 Food and Drink   9.2.3 Film plot
    9.2.4 My favourite actress
    9.2.5 Buying cinema tickets
    9.2.6 Cinema - advantages & disadvantages
    9.2.7 TV programmes



Where do these subjects lead me? 

KS4 Modern Foreign Languages

In Years 10-11 you will continue to study your current language, French or Spanish, at GCSE. 

If you wish to study two foreign languages you can choose between

You may wish to be considered eligible to study an additional GCSE in Japanese.  

Career Pathways

Studying a European or other foreign language will be of great value when it comes to your employability, or if you think you would like to live and work abroad. 

Foreign languages are one of the 'facilitating subjects', highly regarded by many universities and helpful in all career areas. 

It is particularly useful in international aid, the Armed Forces, the security services, politics, law, business and working as an interpreter or translator.

You can watch a great series of videos of young people who are working in jobs that use foreign languages on the BBC Bitesize website.

For example careers leading from this subject  click here.

For advice on apprenticeship courses, click here.