The South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form

Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Intent

“Understanding, valuing and participating in a world without borders.”
Learning a foreign language provides an opening to cultures and places beyond our
own: Our aim is to provide a high-quality languages education that fosters curiosity and
deepens the knowledge of the world for all learners. Students will follow a language-learning
journey enabling them to communicate and express their ideas and opinions in another
language. We believe that learning and practising a foreign language is not only challenging
and rewarding in itself, but once you have it, linguistic power opens up a whole world of
opportunities and experiences for you. We aim to equip all learners to be successful linguists
and to develop an interest and enthusiasm for other cultures and languages.

The courses taught within each Key Stage are outlined below. If you have any further queries, please email

Please note that this email address is not monitored daily but we will endeavour to reply within 3 working days.

KS3 Languages

Course Overview


  • Y7 – Introducing myself, School, Free Time, My Family and Friends, Holiday project
  • Y8 – Holidays, Celebrations, Where I live, Sport
  • Y9 – Healthy Lifestyles, Future plans, Who am I, Film Study – les Chorists, French Revolution project


  • Y7 – This is me, Family and Friends, Free time, German Christmas Project
  • Y8 – Where I live, My Holidays, Healthy Lifestyles, My Home and Daily Routine, German Easter Project
  • Y9 -  School life, My role models, Work and Future Plans, Free time (music, TV and a Film study – Das Wunder von Bern),  Divided Germany – the Berlin Wall


  • Y7 – My Life, My Free Time, My School, South American Countries – an Introduction
  • Y8 – My Family and Friends, My City, My Holidays, My Daily Life, Festivals Project
  • Y9 – Celebrations, Healthy Lifestyles, Film Project  los voces inocentes, Holidays, School life

How to help

Vocabulary learning homework will be set once a fortnight. Click on the relevant Language and year group to download vocabulary documentation. 

Vocabulary lists can be found here for;

French German Spanish
Year 7 Vocab

Year 7 (Topic 1)

Year 7 (Topic 2)

Year 7 (Topic 3)

Year 7 (Spring Term)

Year 7 (Summer Term)

 Year 7 (Autumn Term)

Year 8 Vocab

Year 8 (Topic 1)

Year 8 (Topic 2)

Year 8 (Topic 3)

Year 8 (Topic 4)

Year 8 Vocab
Year 9 Vocab

Year 9 (Topic 1)

Year 9 (Topic 2)

Year 9 (Topic 3)

Year 9 (Topic 4)

Year 9 Vocab

here will be a creative homework for each unit of work.

There are takeaway menus where you can find extra fun languages tasks and projects for;

Useful Links


KS4 Languages

Course Overview

We study the AQA GCSE course at KS4.

There are three themes. These are the same for French, German and Spanish.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

  1. Self
  2. Family
  3. Friends
  4. Communication technology
  5. Free time
  6. Festivals and traditions

Theme 2: Local, national, global areas of interest

  1. Home town
  2. Healthy lifestyles
  3. Charity
  4. Environmental issues
  5. Social issues

Theme 3: Future

  1. School
  2. Work
  3. Future plans


There are 4 exams:

  1. Speaking 25%
  2. Writing 25%
  3. Listening 25%
  4. Reading 25%

How to Help

Use apps such as  memrise and  Quizlet to learn vocabulary regularly.

Active Learn – see your teacher for details

Students are advised to purchase the 5-1-day vocabulary cards from the Print Room

There will be opportunities to go on the Spanish or German exchange

Useful Links

German Links

French Links

Spanish Links

KS5 Modern Foreign Languages


  • Aspects of society and current trends
  • Artistic culture
  • Multiculturalism
  • Aspects of political life
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Grammar

See attached links for further details of the content –


Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

Listening and reading to a range of authentic sources, summaries and translation skills are tested, as well as comprehension.

Paper 2: Writing

Essays written on the book and the film studied.

Paper 3: Speaking

Discussion of one theme and an independent research project on a topic of the student’s choice

How to Help

Trips are run to Germany and France to enhance subject knowledge.

Work experience opportunities are also offered for all three languages.

Students need to immerse themselves in the language and culture of their chosen language as much as possible, turning their phone into German or their Netflix account into Spanish, listening to French radio and reading as widely as possible.

Useful Links

Students should buy the Grammar book, as recommended by their teacher

They will be given access to a digital version of the text book with online exercises and exam practice.