MFL – French


Languages are really important in the world we live in and give you great skills for the rest of your life. People think everyone speaks English, but this is just not true. 75% of the world population have no English at all. At Rawmarsh, we offer you to learn French which is the third most spoken language by number of countries. It is spoken in 51 countries and totals 220 million speakers in the world. In today’s Britain and imminent Brexit, languages are even more relevant. This is why at Rawmarsh we aim to develop keen and talented linguists and we truly believe that languages are for everyone.

Our aims:

To encourage students to:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity
  • Write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using an increasing variety of grammatical structures
  • Develop a wide range of language learning skill, such as dictionary skills, group work and the ability to work independently.
  • Make comparisons with their first language(s) to increase language awareness & to develop general literacy skills
  • Develop their awareness of the world beyond their experience and to develop positive attitudes of other cultures.


How to support your child in French at home:

You child will thrive in MFL with your added support and you don’t have to be a linguist to help him/her. Here are some easy helpful ways to develop your child learning in French:

  • A positive attitude to language learning.
  • Help your linguist learn their vocabulary – use the lists in his/her book, say the English and your child says the French.
  • Supervise – read/ write/ cover and check method with the new vocabulary.
  • Encourage your child to go on to revise. Their teachers will upload vocabulary lists weekly and these will be share via Show My Homework.

Overview of KS3

From September 2018 students that choose to study French will cover the following topic areas.

Y7 topic areas

Term 1 My life – talking about yourself, brothers, sisters & pets.

My school

Term 2 Free time

My area

Term 3 Holiday and transactional conversations


Y8 topic areas

Term 1 Media – music, TV & film.


Term 2 My identity, family & friends

Where I live – describing your home

Term 3 Food & drink

Talents & hobbies


Overview of KS4

At KS4 students develop their use of the French language and find out more about the culture through films, literature and songs.

Y9, 10 and 11 are following the new Edexcel specification, where all skills are assessed through a final exam with equal weighting for each skill.


Y9 topic areas

Term 1 Identity & culture – family & relationships, town
Term 2 Identity and culture – free time, technology, sport, film, tv.
Term 3 Identity & culture – daily life, special occasions, national holidays


Y10 topic areas

Term 1 Local area, holiday & travel –town or country
Term 2 Holiday & travel
Term 3 School


Y11 topic areas

Term 1 Future aspirations, study & work
Term 2 International and global dimensions
Term 3 Revision and skills practice for forthcoming exams.


Grade Ladders

Grade ladders show the skills/content that a pupil is required to demonstrate to reach each particular grade. These can be used by pupils and parents in targeting what they need to do to make progress in each subject.

Grade Ladder

Recent Faculty News

French Staff

Mrs K Dodds
Head of MFL


Mr A Elsom

BTEC Co-ordinator: MFL

Mr J Bartle
Teacher of Subjects: MFL

Exam Board

Please click the image below for exam board information.

Revision Sites

Y9 Options Pathway

Please click the links below to view the options pathways and options form.

Reminder: Y6 Transition Evening for prospective students - Wednesday 18th September 5pm & 6pm