French, Japanese, German & Latin

Department Aims

  • To develop pupils’ ability to use the language effectively for the purposes of practical communication.
  • To form a sound base of the skills and language required for further study.
  • To offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken.
  • To develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning.
  • To provide enjoyment.
  • To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.
  • To offer pupils opportunities to use the language in extra-curricular MFL activities and abroad on school trips.
  • To ensure that all pupils of all abilities have access to the languages curriculum.

Foreign Language Courses - Programme of Study Contents

French Year 5

The main focus during this year is on building confidence through oral work and engaging activities. The programme of study covers:

  • Greetings
  • Personal identification, birthday and age
  • Classroom objects and interactive language
  • Basic adjectives and related grammar
  • Stories and use of ICT to support learning
  • Family, animals, physical descriptions and personality

Japanese Year 5

  • Greetings and personal identification
  • Counting 1-30,Kanji Numbers, colours and preferences
  • Family, Body and adjectives and appearance
  • Discovering Japan and its culture
  • Basic features of Japanese script, Hiragana
  • Daily routine

French Year 6

More written and reading tasks are introduced to balance the listening, speaking. The programme of study covers:

  • House and home
  • Use of authentic materials, ICT, video and printed
  • Puppet theatre activity
  • Basic grammar relating to verb patterns
  • Activities at home
  • Telling the time
  • Directions
  • Town and country
  • Preferences
  • Snack food – role playing

French Year 7

Pupils have two hours of French per week. The programme of study covers:

  • Daily routines, reflexive verbs
  • School subjects, preferences and justifications
  • School time-table
  • Activities after school 
  • Leisure activities – sports and musical instruments
  • Expressing preferences as regards leisure
  • Introduction of other tenses
  • France and the French speaking world
  • Family and friends – descriptions revisited in greater depth
  • Work and professions
  • Writing and reading longer passages about where people live
  • The weather and related grammar
  • The imperfect tense
  • Leisure and sport
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Focus on regular verbs in -er, -re and -ir
  • Clothes - more complex descriptions
  • Fashion show
    • Extra-curricular event / trip
    • Creative writing


French Year 8

In addition to French all pupils have the opportunity to study both Latin and German for half of the school year per language. The French programme of study covers:

  • Introduction to the perfect tense (passé compose)
  • Travel and countries
  • Combining tenses (past, present and future with aller)
  • Passé composé (perfect tense with être and avoir)
  • Irregular past participles
  • Holiday centre - descriptions and oral presentation
  • Health and body - illness and reflexive verbs in the perfect tense
  • Revision of prepositions and partitive articles à ( au / à la / à la / aux) and de (du / de l’/ de la / des)
  • At the doctor / chemist
  • Imperatives
  • Healthy living
  • Paris projects
  • Quantities and money
  • Restaurant role plays, menus etc.
  • The future tense revisited and dictionary skills
  • Using three tenses
  • Superlative and comparatives
  • Negatives revisited
  • Passé composé in all forms revisited
  • Focus on a French speaking region
    • Creative writing
    • Extra-curricular event / trip
    • Young MFL leaders

German Year 8  

  • German linguistic heritage in the English language
  • German speaking countries
  • Greetings
  • Personal identification, birthday and age (conjugation of sein)
  • House and home - prepositions and dative case
  • Conjugation of regular verbs in the present tense and personal pronouns
  • Genders, classroom objects and related interactive language in role plays
  • School subjects, preferences
  • Snack food
  • Basic adjectives and related grammar
  • Use of ICT to support learning
  • Family, animals, physical descriptions and personality

Latin Year 8  

  • Focus on translation skills from Latin into good English
  • Latin heritage in the English language
  • History of Pompeii
  • Simple stories in Latin about family and social life
  • Roman food and leisure
  • Interactive videos and ICT resources
  • Trade and the forum
  • Comparative grammar - subject and object forms

Year Group

Language lessons each week

Year 5

1 hour French 
1 hour Japanese

Key resources: 

  • Expo 1
    Badger stories & activities

Year 6

1 hour French
Key resources: 

  • Expo 1
    Badger stories & activities

Year 7

2 hour French
Key resources: 

  • Text book -  Expo 1 & Expo 2

Year 8

2 hours French
1 hour German for half year
1 hour Latin for half year

Key resources: 

  • French: Expo 2 & Tricolore 2
  • German: Logo 1
  • Latin: Cambridge Latin Course Book 1



E The Edwinstree Linguist

  • Learns through interaction with others;
  • Imagines, creates and plays with language;
  • Never worries about mistakes; is confident and takes risks;
  • Gets pleasure from using language; enthuses about it;
  • Uses every opportunity to express new ideas, and is….
  • Internationally aware and explores other cultures;
  • Shows passion and curiosity for languages, and is….
  • Tenacious…
  •  ….and that’s all of us, students and staff!