Studying a language develops pupils’ verbal, written and spoken communication skills, and enhances memory.

We also aim to offer insights into the culture of the countries where the language is spoken and to encourage positive attitudes to speakers of other languages.




Judgemeadow was designated a Specialist Language College in September 1999. We therefore still continue to offer languages for the majority of our students. At Key Stage Three, all students in Year 7 to Year 9 study either French or Spanish. Students choose their language at the start of year 7. Students are taught in mixed-ability Tutor Groups in Year 7 and 8 and in ability groups in Year 9. We currently offer French, Spanish, Gujurati and Panjabi to GCSE level. A year by year breakdown of topics is listed below.

We also offer a wide range of extra curricular activity from trips and visits to films and extra sessions with our foreign language assistants.

KS3: French, Spanish

Year 7 unit 1

Topic Overview
The basics to include grammar: articles & nouns
  • Phonics, alphabet and accents, classroom objects and instructions
Introducing yourself
  • Greetings, names, where you live
Numbers and dates
  • Birthdays, age
  • Nationalities

Year 7 unit 2

Topic Overview
Describing the family
  • Family members and physical as well as character descriptions
Describing animals and pets at home
  • Names, types, descriptions
  • Possession and negatives, adjective rules. Opinions and justifications, present tense verbs

Year 7 unit 3

Topic overview
  • Describing facilities and opinions
  • Describing routine, telling the time
  • discussing timetables
School - describing studies
  • School subjects and justified opinions as well as abilities
  • Describing teachers. Superlative and comparisons
Grammar - revise present tense and introduce basic future tenses
  • Describing daily routines

Year 8 unit 1

Topic Overview
Hobbies and sports
  • Activities with present tense, what/when/where/who with
  • Discussing likes and dislikes
  • Types, activities with weather
  • Present tense verbs and near future

Year 8 unit 2

Topic Overview
Healthy lifestyles: eating, exercise, routine
  • Revision of sports, food and drink
  • How to stay healthy
Healthy lifestyles: illness and body parts
  • Explaining problems and illness, how long for
Healthy lifestyles: issues
  • Drinking, drugs, being healthy, giving advice
  • The future and conditional, connective verbs

Year 8 unit 3

Topic Overview
Town and Region
  • Where I live (town and house), describing my area (pros and cons
  • Giving directions
  • Describing an ideal tense, introducing the past tense

Year 9 unit 1

Topic Overview
Festivals and celebrations
  • Present tense revision
  • Various festivals in TL areas (French and Spanish speaking around the world)
  • Revising food and drink, shopping for food
  • Clothes and fashion, Shopping for clothes and presents

Year 9 unit 2

Topic Overview
Holidays - the past
  • Introduction to the past tense
  • Where/when/how long/with who
Holidays - in the past and future
  • Weather, activity, opinions
  • All tenses revision
This marks the end of Unit Projects & speaking assessments

KS4 Year 10: French, Spanish, Gujurati, German, Panjabi







Year 10 unit 1

Topic Overview
Theme 1: Identity and culture
  • Me, my family & relationships, descriptions, opinions, activities
  • Marriage and future plans, recap festivals
  • Friends, activities

Year 10 unit 2

Topic Overview
Theme 1: Identity & culture - Leisure activity
  • Leisure time (eating out, cinema, TV, reading, music
  • Leisure time - sport
  • Technology - mobile & social media

Year 10 unit 3

Topic Overview
Theme 2: Local, national, international & global areas of interest
  • Describing hometown and local area
  • Environmental issues

year 10 unit 4

Topic Overview
Festivals and Celebrations Revisiting Festival topics

Year 10 unit 5

Topic Overview
Holidays Revisiting Holiday topics

Year 11 unit 6a and 6b



Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
  • School and school life with routine
  • Job types, future careers
  • work experience, part time jobs

Year 11 Unit 7



Theme 2: Local, national, international & global areas of interest
  • Health
  • Charity work, poverty
  • Preparing for speaking exams

Year 11 unit 8



Revision and exams practice
  • Speaking exams preparation
  • Second mock exam for listening, reading and writing
  • Exams skills and topic revision, past papers work

KS3 french

2 classic easy read stories designed for youngsters and widely read at schools in France

Le Petit Nicolas: Goscinny & Sempe

Has a DVD modern film to help understanding

Le Petit Prince

This version is dual language in french with English

literature and extra recommended reading

KS3 and KS4

Each academic year we offer the opportunity to subscribe to language magazines to build vocabulary learning and skills practice in a fun and authentic style, and are designed for teenagers. These magazines (published by Mary Glasgow Publishing) are currently for French and Spanish at KS3 and 4 and cost £10 with additional access to internet activity and support. A letter is given to students at the start of the academic year

KS3 Spanish

Authors: Jaime Corpas  Ana Maroto 

Paco, Carmen and their children Lucas and Marina (21 and 17 years old) are the Fernández, a fun Spanish family that love travelling.

The collection carefully follows the levels of the Plan curricular del Instituto Cervantes and provide a representative model of everyday Spanish.

KS4 french

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

Story with film for full understanding and classic French author

In the concluding installment of Alexandre Dumas's celebrated cycle of the Three Musketeers, D'Artagnan remains in the service of the corrupt King Louis XIV after the Three Musketeers have retired and gone their separate ways. Unbeknownst to D'Artagnan, Aramis and Porthos plot to remove the inept king and place the king's twin brother on the throne of France. Meanwhile, a twenty-three-year-old prisoner known only as "Philippe" wastes away deep inside the Bastille. Forced to wear an iron mask, Phillippe has been imprisoned for eight years, has no knowledge of his true identity, and has not been told what crime he's committed. When the destinies of the king and Phillippe converge, the Three Musketeers and D'Artagnan find themselves caught between conflicting loyalties.

KS4 French

The Outsider (English title) Albert Camus classic French literature, and studied in French school

KS4 French

Antechrista (read in English) by Amelie Nothomb

Modern teenage literature from a modern Francophone author. When lonely sixteen-year-old university student Blanche meets the dazzling Christa, she is swept off her feet. Christa, who talks freely of her impoverished background in the Eastern Belgian town of Malmedy, claims to work in a bar with her boyfriend, a David Bowie lookalike called Detlev.
When Blanche's mother, who finds her own daughter rather colourless, bookish and dull, is also dazzled by Christa though, she soon invites her to stay at the family house. Suddenly Christa can do no wrong and, as Blanche's parents scour their address books for long-lost friends to invite to dinner to meet the newcomer, their friendship sours and Blanche's already negligible self-confidence goes into a steep decline.
With all the characteristics of Amélie Nothomb's unique fictional landscapes, Antichrista is a funny, dark and revealing journey through female friendship and rivalry.

KS4 Spanish

No Word from Gurb (read in English)

by Edouardo Mendoza: classic literature from a modern Spanish author

A shape-shifting extraterrestrial named Gurb has assumed the form of Madonna and disappeared in Barcelona’s backstreets. His commanding officer and best friend has sent off in pursuit, scrupulously recording his observations of a human life in the city while munching through vast quantities of churros. No stone is left unturned, no danger too much, in the search for his old pal Gurb.
Will Barcelona survive this alien invasion Will the captain ever find his subordinate? Are there enough churros in Barcelona to satsify his intergalactic appetite?

KS4 Spanish

Harry Potter series in Spanish

by JK Rowling

You know the books and films, time to try these classic stories in Spanish...

Head of Languages