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The Marlborough Science Academy

Modern Foreign Languages - Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 French is the main language taught, with around 25% of students also studying Spanish. The Languages Faculty aims to produce confident, capable and articulate linguists who can work independently in their speaking and writing with a range of vocabulary, tenses and complex structures. Learning is themed around real world topics and issues which gradually introduces increasingly complex levels of language to stretch and challenge students. Our aim is to give students an insight into the culture of the language they are learning.

Students’ individual learning needs are met through a differentiated course both in print and interactive digital resources.

The course provides opportunities to improve the four main skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing with an emphasis on gradually mastering the grammar to ensure a smooth transition to Key Stage 4 so that students are ready to cope with the demands of GCSE learning.

In Year 7 the course is organised into 6 modules that are covered throughout the year. The first is an induction module with an introduction to the course followed by some revision of Key Stage 2 key learning (numbers, colours, dates, alphabet etc.) This is followed by:


  • C’est Perso (myself)
  • Mon collège (school life)
  • Mes Passetemps (my free time)
  • Ma Zone (my local area)
  • 3…2…1 Partez! (Holidays)


  • Mi Vida (myself)
  • Mi Tiempo Libre (my free time)
  • Mi Insti (school life)
  • Mi families y mis amigos (self and relationships)
  • Mi Ciudad (my local area)

In Year 8 there are 2 courses, a foundation and higher course. Students cover the same content across 6 modules, developing their grammatical skills and vocabulary using differentiated resources to ensure the needs of all students are met:


  • T’es branché? (Free Time)
  • Paris, je t’adore! (Holidays)
  • Mon Identité (Myself, Family and Friends)
  • Chez moi, chez toi (Celebrations)
  • Quel talent! (Future Plans)
  • Les Pays Francophones (French-speaking countries around the world)


  • Todo sombre mi vida (all about my life)
  • A comer! (food and drink)
  • Qué hacemos? (leisure)
  • Operacion vaerano! (holidays)
  • Découverte! (hispanic culture)
Curriculum Implementation 

Click here to view the curriculum implementation overview for Key Stage 3 Modern Foreign Languages. 

Curriculum Timelines 

Click here to view the curriculum timeline for Key Stage 3 French. 

Click here to view the curriculum timeline for Key Stage 3 Spanish. 

Curriculum Learning Journey 

Click here to view the learning journey for French. 

Click here to view the learning journey for Spanish. 

Knowledge Organisers 

Click on the links below to view some knowledge organisers for French and Spanish at Key Stage 3. 



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