Curriculum intent

At CHS, we believe Modern Foreign languages should provide all students with cultural and linguistic awareness of other countries and languages by studying real world topics. We aim to create a positive and ENJOYable learning environment which encourages success at all levels. We provide aspirational opportunities to EXCEL in all aspects of language learning, through our curriculum and extra-curricular activities such as foreign language trips and visits.  

We offer students opportunities to develop resilience and independence to ENDEAVOUR to fulfil their potential by becoming confident, capable and articulate linguists.  Metacognitive and recall strategies are integral to our teaching of MFL. 

Cultural awareness is part of every languages lesson due to the very nature of learning a modern foreign language. Opportunities are offered to research different countries and communities in order to deepen cultural awareness. Current issues such as immigration are studied along with role models, sport, music, technology, film, TV, identity and culture through food, meals, shopping, festivals and traditions. Local, national, international and global areas of interest are studied through various topics such as different regions, community projects, holidays, current and future study and employment, healthy living, vices and the environment, community projects and volunteering.


Ks3 5 learning journey

Programmes of Study - French

Ks3 KS4

Programmes of Study - Spanish

Year7 Year9


Links to the National Curriculum

Languages National Curriculum Key Stage 3

Term Covered

understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic


Ongoing throughout year 7-9

speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of

communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking

questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

Ongoing throughout year 7-9

can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of

grammatical structures that they have learnt

Ongoing throughout year 7-9.

discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Ongoing throughout year 7-9


identify and use tenses or other structures which convey the present, past, and future

as appropriate to the language being studied

yr7- present tense

Year 8: The perfect and imperfect/ preterite

Year 9: The near future

use and manipulate a variety of key grammatical structures and patterns, including

voices and moods, as appropriate

Ongoing throughout year 7-9

Voice and mood - after yr9

develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their

immediate needs and interests, allowing them to give and justify opinions and take part

in discussion about wider issues

Year 9

use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation

Ongoing throughout year 7-9


Listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately

Ongoing throughout year 7-9

Transcribe words and short sentences that they hear with increasing accuracy

Ongoing throughout year 7-9

Initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected

Ongoing throughout year 7-9

responses, making use of important social conventions such as formal modes of address

Year 9 Term 1-6

Express and develop ideas clearly and with increasing accuracy, both orally and in writing

Ongoing throughout year 7-9

Speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation

Ongoing throughout year 7-9

Read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials from a range of different sources, understanding the purpose, important ideas and details, and provide

an accurate English translation of short, suitable material

Ongoing throughout year 7-9

Read literary texts in the language [such as stories, songs, poems and letters], to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture

Ongoing throughout year 7-9

Write prose using an increasingly wide range of grammar and vocabulary, write creatively to express their own ideas and opinions, and translate short written text accurately into the foreign language.

Ongoing throughout year 7-9