Modern Foreign Languages

MFL Curriculum

The Modern Foreign Languages faculty at Lord Derby Academy believe that learning a foreign language provides a social, cultural and educational experience for our pupils. Not least among our aims is a desire to foster within our students a love of learning Languages and culture in both Spanish and French.

We encourage our pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to speakers, both in speech and in writing.

The curriculum is also designed to teach acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

In KS3, we encourage our pupils to learn two languages in order to enrich their quality of education and raise aspiration. During pupils’ option process in yr.9 we strive to encourage our dual linguists to continue to study both Spanish and French to GCSE.

Curriculum overview

Key Stage 3 Adobe PDF (Currently being updated)

Key Stage 4 Adobe PDF(Currently being updated)

Dean Trust Y7 Common Curriculum Overview –  (French)     (Spanish)

Dean Trust Y7 HT1 Common Scheme of Work –  (French)     (Spanish)


Pupils in MFL engage with PAL (Practise/Additional/Learning) homework on a weekly basis. In KS3 we also encourage out of classroom learning through project based homework.

In KS4 pupils are provided with individualised differentiated homework which focuses on skills needed in the examination in Yr.11


Enrichment is offered in MFL through a variety of pathways:


  • KS3 MFL Spelling Bee competition and collaboration with Primary Schools
  • European week of Languages
  • Mexican Day of the Dead celebration
  • Spanish exchange hosting
  • University Language aptitude competition


  • Spanish cultural exchange to Zaragoza 2018
  • French Cultural Trip 2019
  • Annual Visits to The University of Liverpool
  • 1:1 intervention support
  • Personalised Action Plan to enhance progress
  • Lesson 7 Programme to enrich pupils’ knowledge


Mrs L Holme: Head of Department, Lead of Higher Achievers / NACE AQA Examiner

Miss L Crookes: Deputy Leader MFL

Mrs J Arnold: Deputy Headteacher, Director of Pupil Premium / Classroom Teacher MFL

Mrs J Ellis: Assistant Headteacher, Director of KS3 / Classroom Teacher MFL

Mrs C. Cottaz: Classroom Teacher MFL

Mrs E. Jamieson: Classroom Teacher MFL

Miss S. Kellner: Classroom Teacher MFL

Key Dates:

24th September 2018 – European week of Languages

26th September  2018 – Yr.11 MFL motivational speaker – Paul Hughes

2nd November 2018 – Celebration of “El día de los muertos”

10th December 2018 – Final of the Yr.7 MFL Spelling Bee

21st January 2019– Primary School Spelling Bee, at Lord Derby Academy

7th February -10th February 2019 – Cultural French trip to the Opal Coast

12th July 2019 – Bastille Day celebrations


Useful Websites:

Pupils are encouraged to use our ICT facilities within the department to consolidate vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. The MFL department provides pupils with access to the following websites: Pupils are provided with a log in and password to compete with other pupils in the year group. Teachers can oversee the amount of time and topics covered by the pupils. We encourage our pupils to use this site and avoid online translations to contextualise vocabulary and widen their understanding of colloquial language. This site has a range of activities to encompass listening, reading, writing and verb conjugation. Teachers can set additional tasks as homework or during intervention sessions.