French and Spanish

In French lessons at Burlington Danes students are taught with a communicative and active approach. They explore the contemporary culture of France and other French speaking countries, encouraging them to engage with the wider-world and to take an interest in our global society.

During the course, students achieve a confident grasp of the language associated with self and personal relationships, and progress to include language associated with the outside world. Students also develop a critical approach to analysing texts and acquire a sound knowledge of a wide spectrum of social, technological and cultural phenomena that will support their personal and academic development.

Key stage 3

YEAR 7 (Spanish)

Half Term 1: Me presento: Giving personal details, numbers, colours, family and pets
Half Term 2: Las descripciónes: Giving physical descriptions, personality, clothing
Half Term 3: Mi colegio: Subjects studied at school, daily routine, school facilities
Half Term 4: En casa: Home, bedroom, activities in the home
Half Term 5: Mi pueblo: Local area, facilities, activities in town, focus on French town Boulogne
Half Term 6: Revision and final project


  • Half Term 1: La Vie à La Réunion: Comparison of Britain and La Réunion, describing local environment, food and drink
  • Half Term 2: Au college: Describing your school, giving opinions, future plans
  • Half Term 3: Les Vacances: Travel – transport, holiday experiences, preferences.
  • Half Term 4: La santé: Sports and other activities, healthy lifestyles
  • Half Term 5: La culture: French art, music, food, literature
  • Half Term 6: Revision and final project

YEAR 9 (Spanish)

  • Half Term 1: Al instiuto: Opinions of subjects, future plans, careers
  • Half Term 2: La salud: Healthy living, food and drink, lifestyles
  • Half Term 3: Ganarse la vida: Money and spending habits, jobs and careers
  • Half Term 4: Hispanoamérica: Daily life in Spanish speaking countries
  • Half Term 5: En casa: Family and homelife
  • Half Term 6: Revision and final project

key stage 4


  • Half Term 1: Introduction: Grammar focus (tenses, personal pronouns, adverbs of time, adverbs of frequency)
  • Half Term 2: Les Vacances: Holidays, preferences, travel abroad in French speaking countries
  • Half Term 3: Londres: Home and local area, comparisons
  • Half Term 4: Une vie saine: Sports and training routine, healthy living
  • Half Term 5: La vie d’un ado: Money, fashion, shopping and trends
  • Half Term 6: Revision and final project

YEAR 11 (Spanish)

  • Half Term 1: Trabajo/ au boulot: school, careers and work experience. Plans for further study (6th form / university)
  • Half Term 2: El Medio ambiente / l’environnment: problems and solutions to local issues, national problems, governmental action
  • Half Term 3: La vida / la vie: relationships and relationship choices, healthy living, technology
  • Half Term 4: Revision: listening and reading focus
  • Half Term 5: Revision: listening and reading focus


YEAR 12 (French)

  • Half Term 1: Introduction to AS: Media, Music, technology and young people
  • Half Term 2: Young people and society: Youth culture, sport
  • Half Term 3: Healthy living: consequences for society, tourism and its wider impact
  • Half Term 4: Family and friends: Relationships, institution of marriage. Education systems at home and in target language country
  • Half Term 5: Revision


  • Half Term 1: Guided study 1: Literature La Casa de Alba / L’étranger
  • Half Term 2: Political and social issues: Immigration and its motivation, racism
  • Half Term 3: Political and social issues: Social integration and terrorism, poverty.
  • Half Term 4: Guided Study 2: Film Maria Full of Grace / La Haine
  • Half Term 5: The environment: Global environmental issues.