Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

We 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.  We 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 we are constantly developing. We create all of our own resources and do not follow a specific text book. This enables us to tailor make resources and differentiate our 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.

Students have the opportunity to study Spanish as a second foreign language at Key Stage 4. Additionally, we currently have two accelerated French groups who took their GCSE in Year 9 and are now studying either Spanish or Italian at Key Stage 4. These students will all leave Rushey Mead with two language GCSEs.
We use a range of teaching methods to engage and challenge learners and promote independent learning strategies.  Target language is used predominantly in all lessons and phonics sounds are systematically taught throughout key stage 3.


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

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, reading and listening skills


At KS4 students follow the OCR GCSE course over two lessons per week in Year 10 and 3 lessons per week in Year 11.  Learning homework is set to support class work and to prepare for the GCSE controlled assessments in speaking and writing as well as the listening and reading examinations. Passive vocabulary tests are set weekly to consolidate vocabulary learning for each topic.

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1 – Sport
Term 2 – School
Term 3 – Diet and town

Term 1 – Holidays
Term 2 – Leisure
Term 3 – Exam preparation


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


Spanish is an option at Key Stage 4.  Students are fast – tracked during the first half term and then follow the OCR GCSE course for three lessons per week in Year 10 and two lessons per week in Year 11. 

A range of resources to support learning are available both in classrooms and in the library.  Our personalised MFL pages on Fronter also support language learning at home and at school. We subscribe to several languages learning websites for example linguascope and atantot, which students have passwords and access to. There are further links to numerous recommended websites on the MFL Fronter pages.

We are committed to activities outside the classroom.  Individual advice and tuition is available at lunchtimes and an after school French club provides additional support.  We also run trips to Paris and Lille and support local primary schools through our primary hub network meetings.


Ms Petty – [email protected]
Ms Needham - [email protected]