About the MFL Department


Within the languages department at The Hurst, we not only teach pupils to be able to communicate in French, German or Spanish, we also aim to develop their wider communication skills and enhance their cultural knowledge.  We offer a foundation on which every pupil can continue learning languages post GCSE.

Pupils are taught using a variety of methods, including the use of authentic materials and the opportunity to practise using their linguistic skills in real life situations.

Key strategies will include learning vocabulary from a wide range of areas, learning about and manipulating the structure of the language, comparing the foreign language with English and enhancing listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

We aim for all pupils to enjoy their language learning and to achieve to their full potential.


MFL Department Staff

Mrs Webb - Head of Department

Mr Goodfellow - Deputy Head of Department

Mrs White

Mrs Mallinson

Miss Herbert

Miss Knight

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9, we aim for all pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the language and cultures where their language is spoken.

We do this through a series of themed units, in which the different areas of vocabulary are covered, as well as the grammar and expressions of language becoming more complex as the pupils move through the school.

Listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation skills are develeoped throughout the three years of te Key Stage 3 curriculum.

Pupils are encouraged to challenge themselves in all of the skill areas.  This could be by extending their vocabulary, as well as using more complex grammatical structures, refering to the past, present and future, sharing opinions and the reasons for them.

What Will Be Studied - 

Year 7

  • Introduction, self and families
  • Sports and hobbies
  • Where you live and school

Year 8

  • Holidays, travelling and celebrations
  • Food, drink, shopping and fashion
  • Media, technology and daily routine

Year 9

  • Education, future plans and jobs
  • Free time and healthy lifestyles
  • Evironment, local area and cultural projects

Pupils are regularly assessed, both formally in the end-of-unit assessments as well as contnually through their classwork and homework.


Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In Key Stage 4 , we are prpare pupils to sit AQA GCSE exams in French, Germand and Spanish.  The GCSE course is basd on the exam board specification, which can be found on the AQA website:

French      http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

German    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668

Spanish    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gsce/spanish-8698

The GCSE's build upon and develop the skills introduced in KS3.  Pupils will be encouranged to work at all skill areas, deppening their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures, referring to different time frames whilst expressing and understanding opinions and reasons for them.  They wil also gain further knowledge of the countries and regions where the foreign language is spoken.

The course is assessed through four assessments which take place atthe end of Year 11 -

  • Listening - 25%
  • Reading (including traslation into English) - 25%
  • Speaking - 25%
  • Writing (including translation into target language) - 25%

The course is split into 3 themes which are then sub-divided unto 12 units.  All twelve units will be taught over the two years, and any topics could be examined.  There are regular exam-style assessments over the period of the course.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Unit 1: Me, my family and friends
  • Unit 2: Technology in everyday life
  • Unit 3: Free-time activities
  • Unit 4: Customs and festivals

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Unit 5: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Unit 6: Social issues
  • Unit 7: Global issues
  • Unit 8: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

  • Unit 9:   My studies
  • Unit 10: Life at school and college
  • Unit 11: Education post-16
  • Unit 12: Jobs, career choices and ambitions



MFL - Links and Resources

To support your learning - 

We are able to order revision guides at a vastly reduced price.  We are currently recommending the CGP GCSE AQA French, German or Spanish Revision and Practice Books.  Letters will be distributed at various points during the course to GCSE pupils or ask your teacher for more information.

The MFL department subscribes to Kerboodle to support the GCSE course, as well as Linguascope for all years to access and practise vocabulary.



In order to access these websites, usernames and passwords are available from the MFL team.

There are many other useful websites and apps for revision and language learning, some of which aare listed below:






Extra-Curricular Opportunities

To enhance language-learning as well as to give pupils an opportunity to gain a new and different perspective, the department is keen to run trips to allow pupils the opportunity to utilise their linguistic skills in a real-life situation.

We organise the following trips -

Day trip to Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France - Year 7

We are very pleased to organise this trip in the summer to allow the majority of Year 7 pupils to experience some time in a continental culture, whether they are learning French or German.  We usually go in the summer term and pupils really enjoy noticing both the similarities and differences between the UK and the north of France.

5-Day Trip to The Black Forest, Germany and Alsace, France - Year 8

For the past few years, we have run this exciting trip which allows pupils of both French and German to see and experience life in these two regions.  Pupils stay in a traditional hotel in the Black Forest area and have the opportunity to explore the French city of Strasbourg, the Alsace region of France, as well as Freiburg im Breisgau, the capital of the Black Forest and other towns in that area of Germany.  The trip offers the pupils the possibility of discovering the historical area, as well as using and developing their linguistic knowledge.

Weekend Trips to Christmas Markets in Germany and France - Year 10

In recent years, we have been able to organise and offer a trip to visit Christmas Markets in Aachen, Cologne and Lille.  Pupils have enjoyed exploring these cities and their exciting Christmas markets and have appreciated having the opportunity to practise using the languages that they have been learning.

Basingstoke MFL Challenge - Year 10

Whenever possible, we have entered this competitive event against other secondary schools in the Basingstoke and Deane area.  The selected pupils work in teams of four to promote an event or an organisation in a specific area.  They create all of the resources in the foreign language, producing written, visual and audio materials, working with others to specific deadlines and time limits.  It is a great opportunity for pupils to use their languages in a situation from the world of work.