Modern Languages

Department Staff

Mrs C Palk                     Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Mrs B McGrail               Assistant Subject Leader for MFL

Mrs A Martin                 Teacher of MFL

Mrs S Usher                   Teacher of MFL

Introduction to Key Stage 3 Languages

Languages taught at Key Stage 3 are French and German. Our philosophy is to help students develop their use of these languages for practical purposes and to help them develop an appreciation of languages, other cultures and of language learning in general.

We believe in an oral approach, with lessons largely conducted in the foreign language, supported by careful study and practice of grammar and vocabulary.

We aim to develop the skills of listening, reading, translation, speaking and writing through a wide range of activities including: oral work, group and pair work, vocabulary learning, role-plays, language games, using interactive whiteboards, using online activities, translation and writing compositions. Our department has Chromebooks to use in classes to enhance pupils learning through technology.


French & German

Year 7

  • Personal Information
  • School
  • Hobbies
  • Where I Live

Year 8

  • Holidays
  • Picture-Based Discussion
  • Daily Routine
  • Household chores
  • At the market / shopping
  • Media

 French Year 9

  • Healthy living
  • GCSE EDEXCEL Module 1: Qui suis-je?
  • GCSE EDEXCEL Module 3: Jours ordinaires, jours de fête
  • GCSE EDEXCEL Module 4: De la ville à la campagne

German Year 9

  • Healthy Living
  • GCSE EDEXCEL Module 1: Auf in die Schule
  • GCSE EDEXCEL Module 2: Zeit für Freizeit


Students are assessed across all skills: reading, listening, writing, speaking and translation into and from the target language.

Students have an assessment in each term covering the topics they have studied and across a variety of different skills.

MFL department extra-curricular activities

The department runs a number of clubs and activities throughout the year to enhance and encourage an understanding of the languages we study as well as other languages. Clubs include:

  • Languages Club
  • Homework support
  • Intervention

In addition, an inter-house spelling bee runs with Year 7 pupils once per term at lunchtime with a competitive rivalry between form tutors and students alike.

Furthermore, we have worked with UCLAN languages department to have Korean taster sessions in place in school for a range of year groups including sixth form. In addition, some of our Year 8 students attended a conference at UCLAN to understand interpretation in action and have a taster of a number of other languages. We also had a visit from Siemens to talk about the usefulness of languages in the world of work.

Other competitions run throughout the year for KS3 including a “Hello” quiz, a World Book Day competition and a European Day of Languages “Bake Off”. Pupils can also become one of our Language Ambassadors.

Follow our Twitter page to find out more about what is happening in the MFL department at Hutton Grammar School: @HuttonMFL

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