Ultimately our aim is to create pupils who are life-long language learners who are both empathetic and tolerant of other cultures and ways of life.


At Martin High School, MFL plays an important role in the academic and holistic development of our learners. The skills developed by learners in language learning such as communication, cultural awareness and tolerance, confidence and determination are all attributes which will support them in other subjects but also stretching beyond their school journey when they enter the world of work. These skills are built on each lesson, through the 4 main skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing.  


All learners study French at KS3. The curriculum journey in French is built around the key principles of grammatical knowledge, rich vocabulary knowledge and linguistic skills, including a good understanding of French phonics. Alongside learning the language, the curriculum also provides awareness, appreciation and empathy of different cultures.


During Year 7, students build upon the language learning that has been undertaken at primary school by covering the following modules:

  • An introduction to French and phonics
  • Me and my family
  • School
  • Free-time

They learn how to ask questions of others and how to take part in social conversations. Students are encouraged to share their opinions and reasons and to talk about others too. 


During Year 8, students build upon their previous language learning by working through the following modules:

  • My town
  • Food, drink and healthy living
  • A recent trip

They learn how to further develop their speaking and writing by extending their sentences, and they are introduced to language in the past and future tenses too. 


During Year 9, students continue their language development through the following modules:

  • Festivals and celebrations
  • Holidays
  • Work and future plans

They learn how to further enhance their linguistic abilities by developing their understanding and use of different tenses, and a range of other language such as opinion phrases, justifications and key expressions.


The majority of learners at MHS study French at GCSE level, either through the EBACC pathway or by choosing it as one of their option subjects. We use AQA as our examination board and follow the AQA scheme of learning. This involves us studying 3 key themes, each containing 4 topics within them:

Theme 1 - Identity and culture 

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/ communities

Theme 2 - Local, national, international and global areas of interest 

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism

Theme 3 - Current and future study and employment 

  • My Studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16 
  • Career choices and ambitions

At GCSE, the skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are all assessed separately and all worth 25% each of the final grade. TRIPS

We recently set up a new trip for KS4 where learners had the opportunity to visit Normandy in France. We know that having the opportunity to visit France has a wide range of benefits for students, including giving them opportunities to practise their French speaking in real life scenarios, to experience the culture of France and to motivate them with their pursuit in learning the language, all of which will benefit them ready for completing their GCSE in this subject. 

useful information
MFL Revision Booklet