International British
Online School

International British Online School

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MFL Curriculum Overview

Pastoral Support

Curriculum Overview through Key Stages 2-3-4


Our mission at the International British Online School (iBOS) is to make sure that all our students achieve the best possible outcomes. Learning a foreign language (French and Spanish) is, in some way, like assimilating a culture since language the societies that speak them. Foreign languages play an important role to understanding societies generally and their various facets as well as eroding boundaries and lessening differences among people or bringing mutual understanding – all key aspects for a global learning community such as iBOS.

Language learning is very demanding and requires resilience and perseverance; students are explicitly taught the need for continual practice to develop their skills as linguists. Although teachers and students will strive for accuracy, mistakes are an integral part of learning a language and students are encouraged to learn from their own mistakes and the mistakes of others, which must be done in a mutually respectful way.

The MFL Department aims to provide students with the cognitive and practical skills needed to become effective linguists at any stage of their lives as well as relatively fluent in the language or languages they are studying.

Therefore, our goal is to teach our students how to communicate effectively and confidently in a foreign language in real-life contexts, whilst inspiring them to extend and pursue language learning outside the classroom in order to enhance their further study and any possible future career.


Key stage 2 deals with curriculum content which aims to establish the basics in language acquisition. Pupils are exposed to interactive authentic sources in both French and Spanish, and respond in lessons in the target language, both orally and in writing. Pupils learn grammatical structures as well, such as verbs in the present tense, to be able to talk about themselves and their interests.

Key Stage 3 builds on the foundations of foreign language learning that have been taught at Key Stage 2. Students can relate easily to discussing about themselves, their family, school, leisure pursuits, holidays, technology, and town. These topics provide opportunities for free expression and creativity together with activities that motivate and stimulate learners in an engaging and fun way. There is also opportunity to begin to examine the differences in the languages, both culturally and linguistically. Furthermore, these topics are studied in more detail at GCSE.

At Key Stage 4 the Department follows the IGCSE Edexcel course books, which are centred around the consolidation of the vocabulary and topics acquired in Key Stage 3 in a more advanced way with a greater emphasis on authentic language through different materials and sources. The topics indeed run thematically and become more challenging throughout the course. The students will sit the IGCSE Edexcel examination, which comprises three papers: a listening paper (25% of the total IGCSE), a reading and writing paper (50% of the total IGCSE) and a speaking test (25% of the total IGCSE). These four basic skills are therefore developed in lessons using a range of authentic materials: written articles, film extracts, short video clips and a range of audio materials. The purpose is for students to take an active part in everyday situations, talking about personal interests, sharing opinions and experiences, as well as writing short essays. Lessons are varied, interactive, and aim to develop a wide range of positive language-learning habits, tailored according to students’ strengths and abilities.


  • Key Stage 2

Teaching focuses on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in a foreign language, and provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language. At the end of Year 6, students achieve the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures, and vocabulary. The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication.

  • Key Stage 3

Students are encouraged to regularly learn key vocabulary and are given vocabulary tests every two weeks. To do so, different online tools and platforms are used by the students and the teacher to check students’ progress, such as Quizlet, Memrise, Duolingo Class, and Quizizz.

By the end of year 7, students will be able to use the present tense with regular and key irregular verbs. Pupils need to know a range of basics well including numbers, days, months, time, opinions and reasons and can confidently talk about themselves in detail.

By the end of year 8 students will have a good knowledge of how to form the near future and basic perfect tense. They will be able to discuss holidays and how to describe a future and past trip. Pupils will also be able to discuss technology and how they pass their time with their friends. They begin to be able to speak French and Spanish in more authentic settings e.g. directions, ordering in a shop and tourist information.

By the end of year 9, students begin to understand some of the key skills examined at GCSE level including the role play, picture cards, translation and writing tasks. Pupils build on their basic knowledge of the tenses and can use 3 tenses more confidentially. They can apply their knowledge to family, leisure pursuits, festivals, and town.

  • Key Stage 4

KS4 students are encouraged to memorize sets of new words in order to sit a vocabulary tests on a weekly basis.

By the end of year 10, pupils have completed their first full GCSE mock papers. They understand fully the full range of exams they will sit and they have begun to develop strategies to complete these tasks with confidence.

By the end of year 11, pupils will have completed the course and be fully prepared to sit their IGCSEs. They will have embedded key vocab, grammar, and skills to complete the four skills successfully.

FrenchAutumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 3-4Myself, family and petsNumeracyWhere I live and my interests   
Year 5-6Introduce yourselfWhat I like, leisure and food

Family and friends,

My school

Year 7About myselfMy schoolMy hobbiesMy neighbourhoodHolidaysEnrichment
Year 8Free-time activitiesMy past holidays

My identity


My house,

Food and festivals

Talent and ambitionsEnrichment
Year 9My teenage lifeHealth and lifestyleChildhoodFuture plans and jobsSocial issuesEnrichment
Year 10Personal life and relationshipsSocial activities and technologyFood, customs and festivalsHome and abroadTravels and holidaysEducation
Year 11EmploymentFitness and healthGlobal issues and solutionsExam preparationExam preparation 



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3-4




Myself, family and pets


Where I live and my interests

Year 5-6




Introduce myself

What I like, leisure and food

Family and friends,

My school

Year 7

My life

My free time

My school

My family and friends

My town


Year 8

My past holidays

Social activities

Food and customs

Future plans and sport

Travelling and holidays


Year 9

My identity

And my pastimes

School and personal life

My neighbourhood

My holidays and leisure

Festivals and traditions

Future plans

Year 10

Home and abroad

Education and employment

Personal life and relationships

The world around us

Social activities

Health and fitness

Year 11

My neighbourhood

Customs and festivals

Future plans

Exam preparation

Exam preparation