In the Modern Foreign Languages Department, we strongly believe that every child deserves the opportunity to experience a foreign language and culture to broaden their horizons. By sharing our passion for our subject, we aim to develop pupils’ skills in understanding and producing language through our enthusiasm and subject knowledge to create linguists who are confident communicators.

Miss Jones leads the Department, alongside a further two members of staff to deliver energetic, engaging lessons by friendly, knowledgeable and approachable staff. We have high standards and firmly believe that if pupils aren’t being stretched and challenged, they aren’t being pushed to meet their full potential. While lessons are firmly built on the principle of stretch and challenge, tasks are scaffolded to ensure that all pupils are able to meet the high expectations in place.

In a world which is becoming smaller and more accessible, the ability to communicate in a foreign language is more essential than ever. Thinking skills, the ability to notice, understand and apply patterns in language and resilience are key skills which we wish to foster in all our pupils. By having high expectations for pupils and providing in depth feedback to pupils for them to further develop, every pupil is capable of achieving beyond their expected progress.


Miss Jones

Head of MFL

What can a student expect from the Faculty?

  • Qualified and passionate teaching staff
  • Help, guidance and support
  • Quality first teaching designed to challenge, inspire and ensure progression
  • An interesting and relevant course for the future
  • The opportunity to visit the country whose language is being studied

Vision & Aims

Our vision is basic, yet realistic for all our pupils - " To create global citizens who can look at their world through different perspectives". In simple terms, we encourage our pupils to have a better understanding of the world around them, able to form and express their own opinions. We do this through a carefully crafted curriculum in which we consistently visit the Four Key Skills:

Listening and Reading

Our students will:

  • Understand a range of phrases and opinions
  • Transcribe oral texts
  • Translate written texts
  • Demonstrate understanding of key points and details across three tenses
  • Deduce meaning and understanding of overall messages with unfamiliar vocabulary
  • Recognise themes and ideas through complex grammatical structures
  • Extract and evaluate information in longer passages
  • Interpret native literature

Speaking and Writing

Our students will:

  • Have a high awareness of sound patterns and be able to model good pronunciation
  • Demonstrate high levels of accuracy, particularly in spelling and grammar
  • Pose and respond to questions
  • Express, justify and develop their own opinions
  • Narrate events in the past tense coherently
  • Use a wide range of linguistic structures to enhance oral fluency

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Overview

Enhancing our pupils’ view and understanding of the world around them and other perspectives in a key focus of the MFL Department here at Darwen Vale. We have designed a broad and balanced curriculum which facilitates this understanding and challenges pupils to push themselves In Year Seven, we use “Knowledge Organisers” as a way to assemble key parts of language to be internalised by pupils before extended and applied to new contexts. We explore the world around pupils – their home, family, school and their hobbies. Our aim is that pupils have developed a foundation of the Four Key Skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing to create confident users of the target language. In Years 8 and 9, we build upon that Year 7 foundation – exploring the previous themes in more depth whilst graduating to more wide-ranging topics such as holidays and healthy living. By strengthening grammatical awareness and understanding, we can develop pupils’ literacy and knowledge of their own language, whilst providing cultural capital, regardless of their background. Pupils move from being able to justify their own simple opinions to being able to weigh up key issues on a topic and draw their own conclusions, presenting balanced arguments. Descriptions develop into detailed narrations, making reference to past, present and future events – providing the perfect springboard to Language study at GCSE.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Overview

In Years 10 and 11, we follow the Eduqas Course for GCSE- exploring the world across 3 Themes, split into 9 Units which cover Identity and Culture, Local, National, Interational and Global Areas of Interest and Current and Future Study and Employment. This scope of study poses key questions to students about the world around them and question topical issues across a range of content.


  • World Cinema

  • Duolingo League

  • Spelling Bee Club

  • (Keep World Cinema Club)

  • KS4 Morning and Lunch Drop-in Clinics

  • Year 7 Lille Christmas Markets Trip

  • Years 8 & 9 Normandy Residential Trip

  • GCSE Côte D'Azur Residential Visit

Knowledge, Skills & Understanding