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MFL


FACULTY LEADER: Mrs J Barber

The Modern Foreign Languages curriculum at Prince Henry's is rich and varied, reflecting the important r ole languages and the school’s global ethos play in the curriculum. The team of nine highly skilled members of staff is supported by native speaker Foreign Language Assistants and the faculty is accommodated in a specialist suite of rooms. All staff are dual linguists, and many are trilingual. Courses in French, Spanish, German and Mandarin Chinese are offered through the curriculum; however, each year the faculty also supports a small group of students wishing to take exams in their heritage languages.

Languages are an important part in the life of Prince Henry’s and play a key role in developing the international ethos of our students. With the numerous trips, visits and exchanges organised by the faculty, both at home and abroad, students are given opportunities to meet a range of native speakers and put their language skills to good use. This year alone we have hosted nearly 100 international visitors in school from visiting schools who have all been in lessons and worked alongside our students, enhancing their cultural capital and allowing them to put their linguistic skills to good use.

With staff from the faculty working in many of our local feeder primary schools, links for transition are strong and help students to settle quickly into KS3 MFL lessons. Many of our students choose to become dual linguists when they come to select their options in KS4, and we have numerous former students studying a range of languages at universities, as well as working or studying abroad as part of their studies. 

KS3 Curriculum

In Year 7, students build upon their prior language learning in French or Spanish, as appropriate. These are the two core languages and all students continue to study the same language throughout KS3 and KS4. In Year 8, all students take up German as their second MFL. In addition, all Year 8 students follow a short module in Mandarin Chinese which they can then continue in after-school lessons from Year 9.

In Year 7, students are taught in mixed ability groups until Christmas and are then setted, based on teacher assessments and end of module tests. From Year 8, students are set by ability based on end of module tests / progress throughout the year and teacher assessment.

SPANISH Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

 

Year 7

Introducing myself

My free time activities

The weather

My sporting activities

My school

My family

My home and my town

Ordering in a café

My plans for the weekend

 

Year 8

A past holiday

Technology

Music

Television

Food and drink

Arranging to go out

Fashion

Holiday plans

Asking for directions

 

Year 9

Things I like

Cinema

Jobs and careers

Healthy lifestyle

Illness

Children's rights

Our environment

Staying with a Spanish family

Shopping for souvenirs

 

FRENCH Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

 

Year 7

Introducing myself

Describing myself and others

My school

My sporting activities

My other free time activities

My town and local area

Making plans to go out

Buying drinks ad snacks

My plans for the holiday

 

Year 8

Television and cinema

Reading and the internet

A recent trip to Paris

Relationships

Music and fashion

Where I live

My home

Food and drink

My ambitions

 

Year 9

Social media

My life as a teenager

Health and fitness

Jobs and careers

What I used to do

Future plans

Holidays and tourism

My rights / what matters to me

My shopping preferences

 

GERMAN Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

 

Year 8

Introducing myself

My school life

Opinions

My family and friends

My free time

My house and home

My town and local area

 

Year 9

Holidays

Shopping and eating out

Leisure activities

Healthy lifestyles

The German-speaking world

Out and about

KS4 and KS5 Curriculum

Prince Henry’s is pleased to be able to offer all three languages at both GCSE and A Level. At GCSE, in French and Spanish students are allocated to a set according to ability. German is taught in mixed ability groups for those students who have chosen to take German as an additional language for GCSE. All three languages follow the AQA GCSE course.

At Key Stage 5, all three subjects are offered with additional support and individual/small group lessons with our Foreign Language Assistants.

Please see the Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form Pages for details of the KS4 and KS5 courses offered by the MFL faculty. 

Enrichment

The MFL faculty organises a wide programme of foreign visits and exchanges, including trips to France, Spain, Germany and China. Each year, the faculty typically takes away between 250 and 300 students to these countries.

We are especially proud that our range of trips and visits allows all students to be offered the opportunity to travel to France, Germany or Spain in their first year of learning the language. For further details, see our Trips Abroad page.