• Mr Rees – Head of Humanities and Languages
  • Ms Lappin – Teacher of Spanish and French
  • Ms O Ashworth – Teacher of French

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world” (Wittgenstein)

We believe that learning and practising a foreign language is not only very satisfying in itself, but once you have it; linguistic power opens up a whole world of opportunities and experiences for you in the future; further education and employment. Travelling will expand your mind and if you can visit the country and communicate with people in their own native language, you'll not only encounter more friendliness and courtesy, but you also end up with a far greater understanding of other countries and cultures. Ultimately, we aim for you not only to become functional, successful linguists, but to relish a real interest and enthusiasm for other countries and cultures.

We are living in a world which is increasingly playing a significant international role, which makes it critical to gain a foreign language that may not only improve enjoyment of your holiday, but may also enhance your career opportunities in the future. We want no TOAN student to discover that their world is limited by their language.

KS3 Overview

The curriculum in KS3 for Languages (French and Spanish) is proud to deliver a comprehensive and inclusive programme covering a wide range of topics about daily life and cultural differences.

Students in Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) follow the National Curriculum.


Year 7

The Year 7 programme of study offers an exciting and practical range of topics. The courses are divided into four main parts:

  • Introducing Myself;
  • School life;
  • My Family;
  • My home.

The topics studied include:

Greetings, name, how are you?, school equipment, the alphabet and how to spell your name, numbers to 31 and age.

Days of the week, months of the year, birthdays, classroom equipment, colours, classroom instructions, Christmas vocabulary and traditions.

Brothers and sisters, pets, family members, personality adjectives and physical description (height, size, hair and eyes).

Where you live (town, country, type of house), rooms in the house and floors, adjectives to describe rooms, furniture and evening activities.

Year 8

The Year 8 programme of study aims to cover a complex range of topics which enhance knowledge acquired in Year 7. The main themes are:

  • Where I live;
  • My town and area:
  • My daily life;
  • School and opinions;
  • My free time.


Year 9

The Year 9 programme of study offers a specialised selection of topics which enable the students to express themselves confidently in French and which builds their knowledge in preparation for the new GCSE specification. The course is divided into the same themes as GCSE in order to prepare the students for further MFL study.

The topics studied include:

Consolidation of the present and future tenses, introduction of past tenses, numbers to 100, consolidation the time, places in town, asking and giving directions, say where you are going, drinks and snacks and ordering food.

Morning routine, school subjects, opinions and justifications about school, discuss timetable, cultural awareness, evening routine, sports and games, cinema, music instruments and time indicators.

Leisure activities, inviting friends out and giving excuses, visiting the sports centre and holiday activities.



Year 11

For French GCSE, we follow the AQA specification.

The year 11 programme of study explores and investigates key aspects of languages studied enabling students to broaden their prospects in further and higher education. The students will use and develop a wide range of linguistic skills and expertise, which will support them through education, employment and life.

The Year11 programme of study covers a wide range of possible topics which help students to build their knowledge and develop a complex linguistic skill set. The topics include:

Relationship and choices

Introducing yourself, describing yourself and others, personality, talking about family, family situations, family relationships and future plans.


Sports, hobbies, opinions, last and next weekend, shops and shopping, pocket money, clothes, fashion and new technologies.


General vocabulary about health, body parts, health problems, food and drink, eating habits, healthy and unhealthy diets, activities to keep fit, drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Education and future plans

School subjects, timetable, descriptions of schools, problems at school, work experience, job adverts and interviews.


Countries and holiday preferences, holiday activities, weather, describing a past trip, opinions about a past holiday and hotel (facilities, booking and complaints).

Home and the environment

Describe where you live, your local area, your house (rooms, floors and furniture), daily routine, chores, special occasions and the environment (pollution, problems and solutions).


Year 10 

For French GCSE in year 10, we follow the AQA specification.

The year 10 programme of study explores and investigates key aspects of languages studied through 3 specific themes.

These themes include:

  • 1) Identity and Culture
  • 2) Local, national, international and global areas of interest.
  • 3) Current and Future study and employment.

Each theme is broken down in to sub topics which allow the students to deepen their knowledge and build on their linguistic skill set. This new French GCSE course encourages natural use of the language and builds the students’ confidence when adapting the language in new scenarios.