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Blessed George Napier Catholic School and Sixth Form Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Blessed George Napier
Catholic School and Sixth Form
Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Part of the Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)



Term 1:  Greetings/School subjects/Numbers and birthdays/Colours/Class description and personal school items.

Term 2:  Description of family members and pets/Personal presentation and description

Term 3:  Description of home and bedroom/Evening activities/Telling the time

Term 4:  Description of town/Directions/Opinions/Ordering drinks and snacks

Term 5: Use of reflexive verb to talk about morning routine/School subjects and opinions/Talking about after school activitites

Term 6: Talking about sports/Playing an instrument/Describing what happens in the leisure centre/Planning future holidays


Term 1: Talking about families, using –er verbs/ Talking about jobs people do using masculine and feminine nouns/ Talking about where people live, where they come from and how long they have been living there using depuis/ Describing the weather and using connectives quand and si/ Describing a typical day using –er, –re and irregular verbs

Term 2:  Talking about last weekend/yesterday evening using the perfect tense with avoir and regular and irregular past participles/Talking about TV programmes you have watched and giving opinions in the past using c’était/Talking about where you went using the perfect tense with être/Talking about events in the past, extending and linking sentences.

Term 3: Making and reacting to invitations using the modal verb vouloir/Making excuses using the modal verbs pouvoir and devoir/Talking about clothes using adjectival agreements/Shops and shopping using comparative adjectives/Understanding a longer text including mixed tenses using comparatives and superlatives

Term 4: Talking about food using the definite article after aimer and preferer/Talking about French meals using the partitive article (some) – du/de la/des/de l’/Preparing for a party using il faut + Infinitive/Eating at a restaurant and taking part in a short dialogue

Term 5: Talking about countries and languages using the prepositions à and en/Talking about holidays. Asking questions using question words/Describing a holiday centre, giving opinions/Talking about a past holiday practising the perfect tense/Finding information about a holiday destination. Taking part in unscripted dialogues

Term 6: Talking about your friends using notre and nos (our)/Talking about pocket money using avoir besoin de/Talking about gadgets practising comparatives and superlatives/Using present, past and future/Hopes and wishes using je voudrais and different verbs + the Infinitive


In year 9 we aim to follow the following content:

Term 1: Discussing what’s on the television and at the cinema/Using direct object pronouns/Direct object pronouns

Term 2 : Planning what you will do/Expressions of time/The future tense

Term 3 : Talking about illness/Expressions with avoir and être/Expressions with avoir/Pronunciation eu and u

Term 4 : Talking about what you used to do/The imperfect tense

If time allows:

Term 5 : Learning about a region of France/Using adjectives/The comparative/The superlative/The imperative (vous form)

Term 6 : Schools in different countries/Using possessive adjectives/Possessive adjectives


Year 8 Term 1: At school - Meet people and say how you are/Classroom instructions/The alphabet/School items/Numbers 1-10/ Classroom language/Grammar: definite and indefinite articles; polite and familiar forms of ‘you’.

Year 8 Term 2: About me - How to say my name, age and birthday/Months of the year/Numbers 11-39/Say where you live/Nationalities/Say what languages you speak/Grammar: adjectival agreement; the Present Tense of tener, ser, vivir, and hablar

Year 8 Term 3: My family  and my pets - How many brothers and sisters I have/Numbers 40-100/Physical descriptions of people/Pets/Grammar: subject pronouns and possessive adjectives; position of adjectives; plural nouns

Year 8 Term 4: My town - What there is/isn’t in my town/Describing my town/village/What you can do in my town/If you like your town and why (not)/Grammar: ser and estar; hay; se puede; the verb gustar.

Year 8 Term 5: At home - Describe the type of house you live in/How to say how far away something is/Rooms in the house/Furniture/If you like your house and why (not)/Grammar: está a (+distance); prepositions; lo bueno/malo/mejor/peor

Year 8 Term 6: Free time - What free time activities you like and dislike and why/Where and when you do your free time activities/Telling the time/Arranging to meet someone/Weekend plans/Grammar: the Present Tense of irregular and stem-changing verbs; gustar/encantar + infinitive; the near future with voy a + infinitive

Year 9 Term 1: Snacks and drinks and daily routine - How to say you’re hungry, thirsty, hot, cold, tired/Choose a place to have a drink/Say which drinks you want or prefer/Order a snack and pay the bill/Comparing snacks and drinks/Grammar: tener+nouns; disjunctive pronouns after prepositions; regular –er verbs; the verb preferir

Year 9 Term 2: Daily routine - Describe your daily and weekend routine/Talk about meals and mealtimes/Describe the weather/Grammar: reflexive verbs; adverbs ending in …mente; comparatives más…que, menos…que

Year 9 Term 3: School - High numbers 100-1000/Time and days of the week/School subjects and what you think of them/How often you do something/Grammar: y changing to e before words beginning with i and hi; o changing to u before words beginning with o and ho.

Year 9 Term 4: in the tourist office - Ask for tourist information/Ask and give directions/Places of interest/Ask about opening and closing times/Things you did on holiday/Grammar: polite commands; the preterite tense of ir; how to say it opens and closes.

Year 9 Term 5: Clothes - Common items of clothing/Clothes you like/dislike wearing/What you wore yesterday/Shopping for clothes/Grammar: preterite tense of –ar verbs; direct object pronouns.

Year 9 Term 6: Money - Pocket money and jobs/What you spend your money on/How to give reasons for doing things/Grammar: para + infinitive; how to form the gerund and when to use it.




The specification covers three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers.  Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where the target language is spoken.


Topic 1: Me, my family and friends - Relationships with family and friends/Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life - Social media/Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities - Music/Cinema and TV/Food and eating out/Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in target-languagespeaking countries/communities



Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues - Charity/voluntary work/Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues - The environment/Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism



Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions


FRENCH A LEVEL (for teaching from September 2016)– Themes

Year 12 AS Examination

Paper 1:  (1hr 50m) - Listening, reading and translation into English (40%)

Paper 2: (1hr 40m) - a) Translation into French  b) Two written essays on a literary text and film (30%)

Paper 3: (27-30m) - Speaking test

Task 1:  Students respond to questions based on Theme 1

Task 2:  Discussion based on theme 2 (30%)

AS Themes - Changes in French society.  Political and artistic culture in French speaking countries


Year 13 A Level Examination

Paper 1: (1hr 50m) - Listening, reading and translation into English (40%)

Paper 2: (2h 40m) - Writing.  a) Translation into French  b) Two essays, one on a literary text and one on a film, or both on different literary texts (30%)

Possible text:  "Le sac de billes" by Joseph Joffo.  Possible film "Intouchables".

Paper 3: (21-23m) - Speaking test

Task 1:  Students discuss one of themes 3 or 4 from the A Level course (see below)

Task 2:  Students present and disucss a topic they have independently researched (30%)

A2 themes:

As for AS plus:

  1. Immigration and French Multi-cultural society
  2. The Occupation and Resistance



Paper 1 (1hr 50m) - Listening, reading out translation from Spanish to English (40%)

Paper 2 (1hr 40m) - a) Translation into Spanish.  b) Two written essays on a literary text and film (30%)

Paper 3 (27-30m) - Speaking test

Task 1: Students read and respond to questions based on theme 1

Task 2:  Discussion based on theme 2 (30%)

AS themes

  1. Evolution in Spanish society
  2. Political and artistic culture in Spanish speaking countries


Paper 1 (1 hr  50 m) - Listening, reading and translation from Spanish into English (40%)

Paper 2 (2 hr 40 m).   a)  Translation into Spanish.  b)  2 essays: one on a literary text and one on a film, or both on different literary texts (30%.  )Possible text: La Casa de Bernarda Alba (Lorca).  Possible film: “Mar Adentro”

Paper 3 (21 -23m) Speaking test.

Task 1   Students discuss one of themes 3 or 4 from the A Level course (see below)

Task 2 Students present and discuss a topic they have independently researched. (30%)

A2 themes

As for AS plus

  1. Immigration and Spanish multicultural society
  2. The Francoist dictatorship and the transition to democracy