Modern Foreign Languages


At Ruislip High School we aim to foster students’ curiosity for, and understanding of, different languages. By learning French, Spanish and/or Latin, students build confidence and resilience and broaden their horizons in every sense, including improving their prospects for adult life.

Key Stage 3


Students begin to understand, speak, read and write in either French or Spanish. They become familiar with the sounds, written form and grammar of the language, and use this knowledge with increasing confidence and competence to express themselves in role-plays, conversations and writing. They improve their understanding of the language by listening to people talking about different subjects and by reading a range of texts. They increase their cultural awareness by communicating with people who speak the language and by using materials from countries and communities where the language is spoken.

Typical topics that students cover in KS3 are as follows:

Year 7

Introducing themselves, classroom language and the gender of nouns.
Talking about pets and family, describing themselves and others, and adjective agreements.
Describing their house and evening routine. Saying what hobbies they have and telling the time. The use of present tense verbs and prepositions and using the verb "to go" to refer to future events.
Talking about their school subjects and expressing opinions.

Year 8

Free-time activities, sports and playing musical instruments
Talking about what they did last weekend and in the holidays
Arranging to go out with friends and shopping.
Talking about different meal-times
Using the past, present and future tenses.

Year 9

Future plans
Healthy living
Things you like
Children’s rights
Using the past, present and future tenses.

Key Stage 4


Throughout the GCSE course students build upon what was learnt at KS3 by revising grammatical structures, consolidating their knowledge of past, present and future tenses, and adding to their vocabulary bank. They focus on oral communication both in class and with the Language Assistant in very small groups.

Modules covered in Year 10 and Year 11 include:

  • Myself and other people
  • Leisure and free-time
  • Where I live
  • Finding the way
  • Shopping
  • School life
  • Holidays
  • World of work
  • Festivals
  • Healthy living
  • World issues

Examination Board

Edexcel French Specification:

Edexcel Spanish Specification:

% Components

End of Year 11 Formal Examinations:
25% Listening Examination
25% Speaking Examination
25% Reading Examination
25% Writing Examination

Extra-Curricular Activities

MFL offers the following extra-curricular activities:

French Club
Spanish Club
Italian Club
Year 7 Trip to France (Paris and Disney)
Year 9 History/French trip to Belgian Battlefields and Paris
Year 10 Barcelona trip
Year 10 & 11 Weekend trip to Lille