Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

The Modern Foreign Languages team are a highly successful team of outstanding teachers, who are committed to ensuring that all students reach their full potential and develop a joy of language learning.  They are extremely proud to be a ‘languages for all school’ meaning that every student leaves Rushey Mead with a language GCSE.

As an innovative faculty they are constantly developing. They create all of their own resources and do not follow a specific text book. This enables them to tailor make resources and differentiate teaching to meet the needs of individual students.  Students are set by ability which ensures they make good progress and have a real sense of achievement after every lesson.

They use a range of teaching methods to engage and challenge learners as well as promote independent learning strategies. Target language is used predominantly in all lessons and phonics sounds are systematically taught throughout Key Stage 3. All students are expected to consolidate and review their learning at home by following a structured vocabulary learning programme devised by the faculty. This involves learning 10-15 words per week for a vocabulary test to assess their retention of knowledge and in turn support their progress.

All students study a language at KS3 with French being the main language offered and a small selection of students opting to study Gujarati instead. Spanish is also offered at KS4 as an option subject which can be studied in addition to French/Gujarati.

The MFL faculty are committed to ensuring that students have the opportunity to experience French culture first hand through the provision of overseas trips. There are two trips offered to students in Year 9. They offer a home stay trip to Rouen which involves students staying with a host family to immerse them in the language and culture with visits to all the most famous sites in the region. Secondly, they offer a cross-curricular trip to Normandy which provides students with a cultural and historical experience of France. 


Students study French for 3 lessons a week.  They are initially taught in mixed ability groups and are then set by ability at the end of the first term in Year 7.  Students are set weekly spelling tests as homework to consolidate and support their vocabulary learning. Units are taught in topics, with a specific grammar and culture focus for each topic.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Unit 1 – Self, family and friends
Unit 2 – Communication skills, grammar foundations
Unit 3 -  School + Work

Unit 4 – Sport and Leisure
Unit 5 – Town and local area
Unit 6 – Diet and Healthy lifestyle

Unit 7 – Holidays
Unit 8 – Leisure
Unit 9 – Preparing for GCSE 

Gujarati is taught in a mixed ability group in KS3.


At KS4 students follow the AQA GCSE course over 3 lessons per week in both Year 10 and Year 11.  Vocabulary learning homework is set to support class work and to prepare for the GCSE exams at the end of Year 11. Students are required to sit an exam in each of the four skill areas; writing, speaking, reading and listening. Each exam is worth 25% of the total grade.

The course involves study of numerous topics which are categorised into 3 themes:

Theme 1 – Identity & Culture

Theme 2 – Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest

Theme 3 -  Current and Future Study and Employment

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1 – Family + Town
Term 2 – Leisure
Term 3 – Diet + School

Term 1 – School, Work + Future Plans
Term 2 – Holidays + Global Issues
Term 3 – Exam Preparation


Gujarati is taught in mixed ability groups throughout Key stage 3 and 4. Students follow a similar syllabus to those studying French and receive the same lesson allocation. At KS4 students follow the Edexcel GCSE course.


Spanish is an option at Key Stage 4.  Students are fast – tracked during the first half term and then follow the AQA GCSE course for two or three lessons per week in Year 10 and 11. Students follow the same syllabus as those studying French.

A range of resources to support learning are available both in classrooms and in the library.  The MFL pages on Quizlet also support language learning at home and at school. The school holds subscription for several language learning websites for example Linguascope and Atantot, which students have passwords and access to.

The faculty are committed to activities outside the classroom; individual advice/tuition is available at lunchtimes and an after school French study club on Thursdays provides additional support. 


Ms Bartlett - [email protected]
Ms Morgan – [email protected]