Modern Foreign Languages

Europe is a single market for goods, labour and services, Britain’s wealth depends on our continued global trading. People who have a skill in a foreign language will be at a great advantage when looking for jobs. Employers tell us that those who have studied a Modern Language to at least GCSE have skills which they value highly and they therefore look for Language qualifications when short listing for interview. Many jobs and courses require students to have qualifications in Modern Languages. The skills acquired studying a Modern Language to GCSE form a sound basis for the future study of any other language, for business or leisure projects.


Students at Pool Academy study French at Key Stage 3 and French, German or Spanish at Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 4 some students study 2 languages.
GCSE French, Spanish and German courses

Students studying French, Spanish or German will follow a course of study which leads to the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance GCSE.
They will learn how to use the language effectively for practical communication as well as imaginatively and creatively. They will develop an awareness of grammatical structure and acquire the skills and attitudes which will form a sound basis for further study, work and leisure. Students will also learn about the culture of the countries being studied. 

The course is assessed through written coursework prepared during lesson time, a speaking test also prepared and recorded during normal school time and reading and listening tests which are done at the end of the course.

Pupils will be required to demonstrate ability to:

  • understand and respond to the spoken language (Attainment Target 1 – Listening)
  • communicate in speech (Attainment Target 2 - Speaking)
  • understand and respond to written language (Attainment Target 3 - Reading)
  • communicate in writing (Attainment Target 4 - Writing).


Pain Au Chocolat on the Quimper trip


Y7 - At a Glance- French:

A brief overview of Topics and Structures.

Term 1:
Introducing yourself, brothers and sisters, family, pets, describing yourself and other people.
Using un/une, le/la/les. Je, tu, avoir, s'appeler, colours, adjective agreements.
Introductions, name, how are you? Meeting people, classroom objects, age, numbers, birthday, dates,

Term 2:
Where you live, describing home, describing bedroom, what you do in the evening, telling the time, places in town, directions, prepositions, opinions, buying things, snack bar.
Je, tu, habiter, tu, vous, difference, on, ils, elles, er verbs, question words.

Term 3:
Daily routine, school, opinions and reasons, sports, musical instruments, hobbies, leisure centre, holidays.
Reflexive verbs, nous, intensifiers, connectives, longer texts, faire, jouer , aimer + infinitive, on peut +inf. Aller + inf.



Scheme of Learning- French

Year 9


Autumn 1


Ça t'intéresse

 TV, cinema ,books. Perfect tense, aller +infinitive.      

Autumn 2



Future careers. Future tense.

Spring 1



Illness, healthy living. Perfect tense, imperatives.

Spring 2


Il était une fois

Sports and what we used to do. Imperfect tense.

Summer 1

 On y va

Holidays and travel, accommodation. Using different tenses in sentences.

Summer 2

 Les droits des jeunes

 Schools, work, world issues, religion, human rights. Pos.adjectives, indirect object pronouns, modal verbs in conditional.



Year 10



Autumn 1


Self, family friends, hobbies. Revision and extension of present tense,aimer + inf. Reflexive verbs, agreements, perfect tense, aller + inf.

Autumn 2

Temps libre

Leisure activities and sport. Object pronouns,modal verbs, perf. imperf. tenses.


Spring 1

Où j'habite

Home, local area. Adjectives,comparatives, superlatives.

Spring 2


Allons y

Shopping, travel, fashion. Present, perfect, imperfect, future tenses.

Summer 1

Le collège

 School, opinions, school day, rules and pressures. Using imperfect, perfect, present, future, conditional tenses including reflexive verbs.

Summer 2

Le collège 2

Detailed preparation for course work tasks.




Year 11



Autumn 1

Il faut bosser!

 Jobs, problems at work, work experience. Contrasting perfect and imperfect tenses.

Autumn 2



Holidays. Imperfect,perfect, present, future and conditional tenses. Coursework

Spring 1


Mode de vie

Healthy lifestyle, addiction, relationships. Tenses, impersonal verbs.

Spring 2

Le monde en danger

World issues, local problems, environment, news stories. Tenses.

Summer 1



Summer 2


Coursework is during years 10 and 11 and will come at the end of the unit. It may be speaking or writing. The units assessed are at the teacher's discretion.




Scheme of Learning- German

Year 9


Autumn 1

Die Medien

Computers, music, TV, Describing films, giving opinions

'Ich denke, dass...'

Present tense

Perfect Tense

Imperfect Tense 'war / waren


Autumn 2

Die Schule

Opinions with reasons using 'weil'



Modal verbs 'sollen, dürfen, müssen'

Using Present and Perfect Tenses

Conditional 'ich würde'

Spring 1

Die Zukunft

Future plans, using the Future Tense with 'werden'

Modal Verbs

Jobs – using prepositions with the dative

'dieser, diese, dieses'for Jobs and for giving opinions

Modal verbs in the Imperfect Tense

CV – using formal language 'Sie / Ihr'

Spring 2

Die Welt / Umwelt

'wenn' – if and when at the beginning of a sentence to say what's important to you

Daily routine using separable and reflexive verbs

Say what you will do when you are grown up using the Future Tense

'Umweltschutz' Level 6 – using all three tenses (Present, Perfect and Future) incl. separable verbs

Understanding and creatingmore complex texts

Extended reading practise

Summer 1

Leute heute

Talking about your family and who you get on well with using possessive adjectives

Famous people – using 'ihn / sie'(him / her)

Going on a blind date – conditional 'ich würde' + infinitive + 'weil'(giving a reason)

A disastrous date – using the Imperfect Tense

Characters in a soap opera – use formal and informal language

Summer 2

Projekt Deutschland

Reading and presenting information about the 'Bundesländer' – asking and answering questions

Finding out about areas of Germany using adjective agreements

Planning a visit to Germany – Time-Manner-Place rule for sentence structures

Asking or prices and opening hours

Interviewing tourists in different Tenses

Understanding a complex text

Writing a brochure 


Scheme of Learning- Spanish

Year 9

Autumn 1

Los medios de communicacion

 Present tense, opinions, near future, preterite and present together 

Autumn 2

El instituto

answering and asking questions, a mi, a ti for emphasis, superlatives, se debe and se puede, three tenses together

Spring 1

La salud

 me duele(n), tener and estar correct use, using DOPs, para to make more complex sentences, three tenses together

Spring 2

Ganarse la vida

 third person verb forms, me gustaria, masc and fem job titles, 3 tenses together, future tense

Summer 1

El mundo hispano 

create poster about a Spanish speaking country, reflexive verbs, condition of deber, use preterite in 3rd pers sing, three tenses together

Summer 2

Le present a mis padres

learn about a region of Spain, use modal verbs, using usted, use 3 tenses together, forming complex sentences.

Year 10

Autumn 1

Me present

describing people, introducing people, describing where you live, expressing opinions and making comparisons

Autumn 2

En el cole

 talking about your school, describing what you do every day, talk about free time activities, talking about holiday plans

Spring 1

De vacaciones

 making plans based on weather and local activities – booking a table and ordering a meal, reading about holidays, describing what you did on holiday 

Spring 2

En ruta

finding your way around the station and buying tickets, expressing opinions about travel, dealing with accidents and breakdowns.

Summer 1

Que te ha pasado?

 Saying why you feel ill or how you’ve hurt yourself, booking accommodation and arriving at a campsite, checking into a hotel or campsite, describing lost property, making complains in a hotel.

Summer 2

En casa y en el trabajo

saying what you do at home to help, describing part time jobs and how you spend your money, work experience, lifestyle and health advice, tv programmes and films

Year 11

Autumn 1

De compras

 shopping in a department store, opinions and preferences about shopping, buying food in the market, buying clothes and making comparisons, complaining about problems with purchases.

Autumn 2

De juerga

 reading about what is on and buying tickets, making a date, reading and discussing newspapers, magazines and articles, saying what you thought about a film or event.

Spring 1


describing personality, describing problems at home and at school, discussing the dangers of drug dependency, talking about environmental issues. 

Spring 2

El future

discussion the options for further education , talking about career choices, making a job application, thinking about the future

Summer 1


Summer 2

Coursework is during years 10 and 11 and will come at the end of the unit. It may be speaking or writing. The units assessed are at the teacher’s discretion.

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