Modern Foreign Languages


The Modern Foreign Languages department at the Campion school is committed to giving students the opportunity to discover new cultures through an enjoyable experience of learning a foreign language. 

We believe that the study of a foreign language helps students develop a sense of cultural pluralism, an openness to and appreciation of other cultures. In a globalised world characterised by international links and intercultural connections, linguistic skills are crucial for employment and career as proficiency in a foreign language enhances career opportunities. 

The Campion School Modern Foreign Languages department is an enthusiastic and dedicated team of linguists who encourage students to progress in all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing while bringing languages alive though a range of interactive and varied lessons. 

The MFL department is committed to raising the profile of language learning through competitions a as well as trips abroad. At both Key Stages, students follow the Studio course in French. At GCSE, students will sit all of their exams at the end of Year 11 with the Edexcel exam board. 

At The Campion school, language lessons incorporate cultural and creative projects, grammar and translation activities, vocabulary learning games as well as activities, which develop the four skills to enable students to achieve their potential and become confident independent young linguists. Our students enjoy working in groups, pairs and individually, within the classroom. There is a positive learning environment in our classes, where students willingly step out of their comfort zone and actively take part in lessons. 

To support and challenge our students, we provide them with vocabulary help sheets downloadable on Doodle. Access to Pearson Active Learn website develops and extends their classwork and homework. They also have access to fantastic interactive language learning resources like Quizlet, MemriseDuolingo, which provide a fun way to learn a language independently. 

Key Stage 3 French

At Key Stage 3, students are assessed in four areas: listening, reading, speaking and writing. All skills are assessed formally once per term, although these skills are practised throughout the course. Students are also given regular vocabulary tests set by the teacher, and they are encouraged to find a way of learning that works best for them. We even encourage them to learn from the 'experts'. Furthermore, students are expected to understand the grammars of language. More information that may help students understand the grammatical terms we use in language lessons can be found here.

Throughout their study of modern languages, students have the chance to take part in multiple extra-curricular activities. First, students can partake in the Mable Competition, hosted by Havering schools, and the 'Have Your Say' competition. Students compete against other schools developing their language skills and resilience. Second, students partake in a day trip to Boulogne in Year 7, and have the opportunity to partake in a residential trip to Margins in Year 8. These trips are proving to be exciting opportunities for students to develop not just their language skills, but also their personal development. They come back matured and with a renewed enthusiasm for Languages.

Year 7

Students in Year 7 undertake introductory work and 5 Units.

  • Studio Accès:  
    • Basic knowledge introduction : 
    • personal introduction,the alphabet/ greetings/ numbers to 31/ days of the weekmonths/birthdayfamily members/animals/hobbies/ where you live/ weather forecast 
  • Unit 1 - C’est perso:  
    • talking about likes and dislikes 
    • talking about your survival kit 
    • describing self 
    • talking about others  
  • Unit 2 -  Mon collège:      
    • talking about school subjects and asking questions 
    • giving opinions and reasons 
    • talking about your timetable 
    • using the 12 hour clock 
    • talking about your school day 
    • talking about food and drinks 
  • Unit 3 - Mes passe-temps:   
    • talking about computers and mobiles 
    • talking about sports 
    • talking about what you like doing 
    • talking about others 
  • Unit 4 - Ma zone:  
    • talking about your town/village 
    • giving directions 
    • talking about where you go 
    • asking someone to go somewhere 
  • Unit 5 - 3, 2, 1 Partez!:  
    • talking about holidays 
    • talking about getting ready to go out 
    • ordering drinks and snacks 
    • using higher numbers 
    • talking about holidays plans 
    • talking about what you would like to do

Year 8

Students in Year 8 again undertake work in 5 key Units.

  • Unit 1- T’es branché(e):
    • talking about TV programmes and films 
    • talking about reading and the  internet 
    • talking about what you did yesterday evening  
  • Unit 2 - Paris, je t’adore:  
    • talking about what you did in Paris 
    • talking about when you did things 
    • giving opinions in the past tense 
    • talking about where you went and how  
  • Unit 3 - Mon identité:  
    • describing personality  
    • talking about relationships 
    • talking about music 
    • agreeing and disagreeingwith someone   
    • giving reasons  
    • talking about clothes 
    • talking about your passion  
  • Unit 4 - Chez moi, chez toi:  
    • talking about where you live 
    • describing your home 
    • talking about meals 
    • describing events  
  • Unit 5 - Quel talent !:   
    • talking about your talent and ambitions 
    • encouraging and persuading someone 
    • using comparisons 

Year 9

In Year 9, students undertake work in 4 Units, then begin work on the start of their GCSE in French.

  • Unit 1 - Ma vie sociale d’ado:  
    • talking about  Facebook 
    • giving opinions of someone 
    • talking about going out 
    • talking about what you did on a date 
    • talking about a music event  
  • Unit 2 - Bien dans sa peau:  
    • using parts of the body in French 
    • talking about sport 
    • talking about healthy eating 
    • talking about getting fit  
    • talking about levels of fitness  
  • Unit 3 - À l’horizon:  
    • talking about jobs 
    • talking about learning languages 
    • talking about future intentions 
    • talking about future jobs 
  • Unit 4 - Spéciales Vacances:  
    • talking about holidays and ideal holidays 
    • giving an account of a holiday 
    • talking about tourist attractions 

Start of GCSE Edexcel course : 

  • Module 1 – Qui suis-je? – Identity and culture:  
    • Talking about familydescribing personality and appearance 
    • talking about friends and what makes a good friend  
    • talking about family relationships 
    • making arrangements to go out  
    • describing a night out with friends 
    • talking about life when you were younger  
    • discussing role models 

GCSE French

Exam Board

Subject Leader


Mrs H Delarue-Ward

We follow the Edexcel  exam board. All skills are assessed at the end of the course: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Each skill is worth 25% of the GCSE. For the GCSE, students will need to have a working knowledge of approximately 2000 words. 

There are five Themes covered through the GCSE course: 

  • Theme 1 – Identity and Culture 
  • Theme 2 – Local Area, holidays and travel 
  • Theme 3 – School 
  • Theme 4 – Future Aspirations, Work and School 
  • Theme 5 – Global and International Dimension


All pupils at Key Stage 4 can purchase a CGP revision guide to support them. Pupils have access to all vocabulary sheets on Doodle and to Pearson Active Learn online to reinforce their learning. Booster sessions run throughout the year at lunchtime or after school to support pupils through the GCSE course. Keynote conference run in school to prepare pupils for their examination.

Subject Documents Date  
French Curriculum Map Yr 7 12th Jan 2023 Download
French Curriculum Map Yr 8 rouge 12th Jan 2023 Download
French Curriculum Map Yr 8 vert 12th Jan 2023 Download
French Curriulum Map Yr 9 rouge 12th Jan 2023 Download
French Curriculum Map Yr 9 vert 12th Jan 2023 Download
French Curriculum Map Yr10 Red and Green 12th Jan 2023 Download
French Curriculum Map Yr11 rouge 12th Jan 2023 Download
French Curriculum Map Yr11 vert 12th Jan 2023 Download
Learning Journey French 12th Jan 2023 Download