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St Francis Xavier

Curriculum by year

Use the links below to view our MFL curriculum for each year group.

Year 7 - FrenchYear 8 - FrenchYear 9 - FrenchYear 9 - SpanishYear 10 - FrenchYear 10 - SpanishYear 11 - French


At SFX our students think like a linguist because...

they express their ideas and thoughts in another language and understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read authentic texts in the original language. Language teaching at Saint Francis Xavier provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.


Recent research used to inform practices in languages

  • Methodology of sentence builders to acquire chunks of language

  • The Language Gym - Dr Gianfranco Conti

  • Lesson planning using implicit and explicit Grammar teaching - Steve Smith

  • The Language Teacher Toolkit

  • NCELP resources - research-informed & in line with the new Ofsted framework

  • EEF - literacy strategies to scaffold and adapt language learning


MFL vision

Europe is our neighbour. Opening student’s minds to other cultures and ways of life is integral to language learning. We aim, as a department, to break down cultural barriers broaden perspectives and develop an understanding and compassion towards other countries, nationalities and ways of life.

As a department, we organise immersion trips to France, which are vital to put student’s language learning in context but also to help our students to have the courage to utilise their speaking and listening skills into practice.

We aim to enable students to serve the global community as stewards of the Christian faith.


Whole school visions

Use the links below to view our whole school vision and curriculum vision. 

Whole school vision Whole school curriculum vision    


Curriculum team

  • Mrs S Henderson - Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs S Gordon - MFL Teacher
  • Mrs E Edwards - MFL Teacher


Curriculum time


Students in KS3 currently receive the following lessons :

  • Year 7 - 4 hours French
  • Year 8 - 6 hours French
  • Year 9 - 5 hours French or Spanish


Students have the option to take a language at GCSE.

The following courses are covered over 5 hours per fortnight

  •  GCSE French - AQA
  •  GCSE Spanish - AQA 


Enrichment opportunities

Through foreign trips we are able to provide our students opportunities to explore the culture of the languages they learn. These include:

  • KS4 Immersion trip to Château de la Baudonnière, Normandy
  • KS3 trip to Paris. Staying in a purpose-built youth centre, this trip will take in all the major tourist attractions of Paris, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Sacré Coeur, Versailles as well as one day at Eurodisney!