The Modern Languages department at Saint Edmund Arrowsmith offers Spanish and French.

In Year 7, the cohort is divided into two, with half studying French and the other half studying Spanish. Pupils continue with their Year 7 language until the end of Year 8, when they may choose either language as an option for GCSE.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

In French we follow the Studio course and in Spanish, we follow Viva. Both resources are modern, lively and are designed to prepare pupils adequately to undertake an enjoyable learning journey towards the GCSE. From Year 7 onwards, all pupils have access to our online homework resources which can be found at The following key areas are continually taught and assessed throughout Years 7 and 8:

  • Vocabulary retention
  • Grammar learning
  • Reading for understanding in the target language
  • Listening for understanding in the target language
  • Speaking in the target language
  • Writing skills (including translation)

Those who study a modern language at Key Stage 3 have 4 lessons of French or Spanish across the two week timetable.

The topics covered throughout the course in each language are indicated HERE

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

At GCSE, we follow the Pearson GCSE resources in preparation for the Edexcel GCSE in French and Spanish. Our carefully planned progression and accessible approach helps build up pupils' knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, helping them learn to manipulate language independently across a range of contexts. Those who study a modern language at GCSE have 5 lessons of French or Spanish across the two week timetable.

Throughout the GCSE, we study the five themes set out in Edexcel's specifications for Modern Langauges. These are:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local area, holiday and travel
  • School
  • Future aspirations, study and work
  • International and global dimension

Through continued practice, pupils prepare to undertake the 4 elements of the GCSE: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Each of the skills is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade. The Speaking examination is administered by the class teacher.

The following topics are covered across the three years click HERE

The vocabulary covered across the French course and tested at GCSE can be found HERE

The vocabulary covered in the introductory Spanish course can be found HERE in the form of online flashcard activities. Pupils are encouraged to use these online resources to boost their progress and to revise for assessments.

Please follow this link to find further information about GCSE MFL at Saint Edmund Arrowsmith - GCSE MFL
**The current Year 9 is studying Spanish ab initio and is therefore beginning with the introductory material.