Crispin School

Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department is an enthusiastic team of seven teachers who are passionate about language learning and developing cultural understanding. We have a wide range of teaching experience and have all lived abroad, using our languages fluently in a range of industries. The four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are covered in all lessons, often using authentic texts and resources, and referring to cultural events. Being language teachers, we love to travel and offer extra-curricular activities and trips. In the past, we have visited France and Germany. Our languages team has experience of delivering trips to a wide range of destinations.

We understand and promote the benefits of studying a language to develop literacy and problem-solving skills, confidence, communication skills, cultural understanding and also to contribute to students’ preparations for the world of work in an increasingly global age.

We believe in the importance of languages. We live in a multilingual, multicultural world.

Key Stage 3

At Crispin, all students begin with learning French in mixed ability classes in Year 7. In Year 8, students also study Spanish alongside French. The opportunity to study two languages is something that we are really proud of and is a particular strength of our school. We learn about key grammar such as the present, future and past tenses as well as giving and justifying opinions. Students learn about Spain and France, and the main cultural events which take place in the Hispanic and Francophone calendar. Modules include: family and pets, free time and technology, food and healthy living, home, town and local region, celebrations, and holidays and travel. The Key Stage Three curriculum is designed to prepare students for the GCSE as well as developing their understanding of the fundamental building blocks of language learning.

Key Stage 4

All students study French or Spanish at GCSE. Some students choose to become dual linguists and take both French and Spanish. In Year 10 and 11, some students also study German. Many of our students have continued to study languages at A level. We have also facilitated native speakers to achieve GCSE qualifications in Polish, Dutch, Italian, and Portuguese.

Year 11 are currently studying for the Edexcel GCSE and Year 9 and 10 are studying for the AQA GCSE.

AQA GCSE French/Spanish/German

The four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are assessed with equal weighting (25%). Translation is also assessed within these exams. Students are awarded with a grade 9-1 and there are two tiers (foundation and higher).

There are three main themes:

Theme 1: Identity and Culture

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in every day life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals in French/Spanish/German 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
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions


Team building games with our friends from Notre-Dame de Gravenchon, France.

 Last Updated: July 2021

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