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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to a man in his own language, that goes to his heart”.

Nelson Mandela

We believe that the study of a foreign language deepens understanding, enriches literacy and engenders curiosity. In the MFL Department we set ambitious, achievable goals as we firmly believe that learning a foreign language is a worthwhile challenge open to all and is an essential life-long skill.

Team Members:

  • Mrs M. Kelsey (Head of Department)
  • Mrs S. Gould-Haines
  • Miss G. Fagan (Head of Spanish)
  • Mrs I. Ashton (Head of French)
  • Mr. O. Bagnara
  • Mr. J. Petit


Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students choose one language from French, German and Spanish. They will continue to study this until the end of KS3, giving them maximum chance of success at GCSE. In Year 8, a small minority of students will be given the opportunity to study a second language outside of curriculum time. This is subject to staff availability and demand. Students are assessed at the end of every full term.

Throughout KS3 / KS4 we offer a number of trips and extra-curricular activities:

  • Huish MFL Bake Off ( all)
  • European Day of Languages celebrations (all)
  • Visiting German Theatre Company ( years 8-11)
  • Annual German trip to Cologne ( years 8-10)
  • Annual Spanish trip to Andalucia ( years 8-10)
  • Year 7 French trip to Paris

Year 7: Students are introduced to key grammatical concepts and language skills  alongside a range of topics. They will begin to acquire skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking, which are closely linked to the GCSE syllabus. There will also be plenty of opportunity for creative tasks, which encourage self-expression, confidence and independence in the foreign language. Examples of topics covered: Self, family, hobbies, school.

Year 8: With a solid foundation in basic grammatical structures, students continue to build on listening, reading, writing and speaking skills, within a range of different topics. Examples of topics covered: Home, Technology, Food.

Year 9: In Year 9 students continue to build on the solid foundations of years 7 /8. There is a particular focus on GCSE skills and more complex, grammatical structures, in preparation for the GCSE course. By the end of Year 9 students will be expected to write extended pieces on a variety of topics and will have a good understanding of the GCSE course requirements.  

Examples of topics covered: Media, Health and Fitness, Holidays.

At the end of KS3 many students opt to study one or more languages at KS4.


For GCSE we use the AQA exam board. Four main skills are tested at the end of year 11: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and each is worth 25% of the final grade.

The course is broken down into three main topics and divided down into further subtopics. For all three languages, we study:

Theme One: Identity and Culture

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-Time activities
  • Customs and festivals

Theme Two: Local, national, international and global areas of interest.

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global Issues
  • Travel and Tourism

Theme Three: Current and future study and employment

  • My studies
  • Life at school / college
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Year 10 is built around mastering subject specific language and grammar and extending vocabulary, which will allow students to access high grades at GCSE. Lessons are extremely interactive to promote confidence in speaking. At the end of year 10 students sit a mock paper in listening, reading and writing. They also complete a mock speaking exam.

Year 11 is aimed at improving subject knowledge and grammatical structures across language GCSE topics, exam skill techniques and developing speaking and writing skills. Organisation is key at this stage as well as regular reviewing of vocabulary and grammar (both with the class teacher and independently) in preparation for exams. Students should be accessing past papers at home and completing regular listening exercises as part of their independent study. Students will sit a mock exam in all four skills.

All students are expected to revise regularly and independently. At Huish we use Active Teach (login details are given to students at the beginning of the school year), Memrise, Seneca Learning, Google Classrooms. At school we offer regular support sessions at lunchtimes and after school.

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