To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.Chinese Proverb

Our Curriculum:

MFL is taught as a discrete subject in Key Stage 3 allowing us to provide our students with a broad foundation of target language and skills prior to them opting for either French or Spanish at GCSE level.
With this in mind, our Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to introduce students to a wide range of cultural topics in the target language including: describing yourself and others, free time, school, family and friends, cities and food. At GCSE we follow the AQA syllabus. Students further develop their linguistic ability through more in-depth study of holidays, school, technology, sport, international events and festivals, future study and work and the environment. Hereby building on and applying a range of grammatical structures through reading, writing, listening and speaking. We have a number of enrichment opportunities including trips to both France and Spain and links to schools in those countries.

Our Vision:

  • Students who study Languages at HLC develop the skills and confidence to consider themselves as World Citizens who belong in a multicultural, mutually respectful world.
  • Students learn to be better communicators so that they can be more open and adaptable to new experiences. 
  • Students develop strong, lifelong linguistic skills and become curious and interested in the world.
  • Students have a love of languages brought on by nurturing their linguistic curiosity and an intrinsic motivation to explore and respect other cultures and people.
  • Fundamentally, we endeavour to inspire and support our students through modelling, collaboration and independent work to develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

MFL Homework Protocol

What is the frequency of MFL homework?

KS3: Fortnightly.

KS4: Weekly

What is the MFL homework strategy?

KS3: Vocabulary learning and quizzes (Active Learn, Word Wall, Quizizz, Kahoot!).

KS4: Active Learn Tasks, GCSE Pod Tasks, Vocabulary learning and Revision.

Rationale for the homework strategy.

KS3: Knowledge retention, revision, engagement and enjoyment.

KS4: Knowledge retention, revision, practice and reducing the forgetting curve.

How do students receive feedback on their homework?

Online interactive tasks and quizzes provide instant feedback and generate detailed reports for the classroom teacher. These highlight gaps in learning and understanding as well as time spent on the task (effort/ attitude to learning).

In class retrieval practice with self and peer assessment of key phrases and vocabulary will also take place in lessons. This supports student efficacy in learning as they know what they know and do not know and can therefore target their revision / learning to close these gaps in knowledge.

Teachers will look for common misconceptions / gaps in knowledge and respond to this in their teaching.

Rewards given for quality and effort.


Meet the Team

Walquiria Dunne
Head of KS3 MFL

Rebecca Thomas
Head of KS4 MFL

Jill Lock
Asst. Headteacher/MFL Teacher

Kelly Jones
MFL Teacher

Diana Correia
MFL Teacher