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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
Hotels, trains, Souvenirs 
Aut.2 Core text 7.2
Family, description
Core text 8.2
Rooms, Furniture, positions, activities at home
Clothes, lost property
Spr.1 Core text 7.3
Animals, colours, places
Core text 8.3
Sports, free time, time expressions, opinions, weather 
New technology (GCSE Theme 1)
Spr.2 Core text 7.4
School subjects, opinions, time
Core text 8.4
Nationalities, drinks, fruit, souvenirs, holiday activities
Films and TV
(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.
Birthdays, festivals and Christmas
(GCSE Theme 1)
Sum.2 Core text 7.6 (Review)
School uniform
Core text 8.6 (Review)
Review of Year 7 and Year 8 
Friends and family
(GCSE Theme 1)


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.