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The MFL department at Compass school believes that language learning is a lifetime experience. We therefore aim to develop our pupils as language learners by providing them with the necessary skills which will enable them to continue to learn other languages in the future.

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” Charlemagne

We ensure our curriculum provision helps the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. This is done through carefully planned lessons based on the national curriculum for languages and covering a breadth of topics, which are both challenging and relevant to the daily reality of our young learners.

Pupils have the opportunity to interact with native speakers of the language they choose to learn and have access to authentic and challenging materials.

Finally, we recognise that our pupils work at varying levels of ability therefore, we plan for differentiation to enable every student to achieve their full potential.

Curriculum Journey and Progression Maps 

The French Curriculum Journey is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of French Knowledge Organisers:

HT1: Year 7 – Mon autoportrait

HT3: Year 8 – Les domiciles

Year 9-11: GCSE

If you have any questions about the French curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for Modern Foreign Languages – Guillaume Ahiko