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Modern Foreign Languages

Our MFL department aim to make languages accessible for all.

Through the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Curriculum at Ridgewood School we encourage students’ curiosity towards other cultures and develop their understanding of the wider world.


Our Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum ensures we achieve this by:

  • Having a developed curriculum that combines the learning of a foreign language with lessons about various aspects of a different culture; including festivals, food, sports and travel. By doing this, we hope to open up students’ minds to the possibility of living, working and travelling in different locations around the world, as well as giving them the skills to become proficient learners of a Modern Foreign language.
  • Teaching students to converse with others and to be able to express their ideas and thoughts clearly in another language, when speaking and/or writing.
  • Providing students with the vocabulary and skills to understand longer texts in a different language and to pick out key information when listening to native speakers.
  • Supporting students to build stronger communication skills and increased awareness of their own language. This helps to develop their literacy skills; thereby supporting their success in other subjects too.


For information about A level Spanish, please visit our Sixth Form course pages.



Year 7 French Topics
- Greetings
- Numbers
- Days and months
- Opinions
- Family
- Pets
- Countries and nationalities
- Physical description

Year 8 Spanish Topics

  • Food
  • Holidays
  • Weather
  • Free time

Year 9 French Topics
- Technology
- Teenage life
- Healthy living
- Sport
- Film module

All assessments are set in line with the CF data drops.

Useful web links:

Quotations from our students:

I enjoy Spanish because it’s different to what I usually do in other lessons’

‘I enjoy learning languages as I get to learn new things every day’

‘My favourite thing is that I like learning languages that could help me in the future’


AQA Specification

Year 10 Spanish
Me, my family and friends
Technology in everyday life
Free time activities (music, film etc.)
Customs and festivals
Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Social issues (health problems, poverty, volunteering)

Year 11 French
Global issues (environment, homelessness, helping others)
Travel and tourism (holidays, transport, weather, accommodation)
My studies: life at school and college
Education post-16
Jobs, career choices and ambitions

All assessments are set in line with the CF data drops.

Useful web links:

Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page, should you have any further questions about our Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum or to speak directly to our Leader of MFL, Mrs Kathryn Ward.