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Robert Bloomfield

Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

All pupils learn French throughout their time at Robert Bloomfield. In years 5 and 6 they have one hour per week and in year 7 and 8 this increases to 2 hours per week, plus an hour of their second language in y8.


In Year 5, pupils learn to introduce themselves and ask and give personal details e.g. name, age etc. They learn numbers up to 30, the French alphabet, descriptions of people, the months and the seasons, building on work already covered in Lower School. The emphasis is on speaking and listening, but reading and writing are important too.

In year 6, pupils learn to talk about school, hobbies, tell the time in French, and to give opinions and reasons. Although the emphasis is still on speaking and listening, pupils start to write independently.

In Year 7, topics include: family and friends, describing where you live, weather, free time, clothes, and going out. Communication in the classroom continues to develop, and grammar is explored more deeply, including the introduction of the past tense.

In year 8, topics include: food and drink, shopping, talking about everyday activities, pocket money, travel, and past holidays. The emphasis is on extending vocabulary and using two or more tenses.

Second Language

In year 8, most pupils will be able to start a second language, choosing from: Spanish, German, and Italian. A small group of pupils who are identified as needing extra intervention in either Maths or English will not do a second language, and will have intervention lessons instead to ensure they are fully prepared for Upper School.

German: Pupils cover topics such as introducing yourself, taking about your family, pets, and food and drink. Topics also include house and home, as well as regions where people live, with increasing emphasis on grammar as the year progresses.

Spanish: We cover topics such as introducing yourself, numbers, months, Spanish speaking countries, the alphabet, school equipment, classroom vocabulary, school subjects, and days of the week. We learn how to describe people, talk about where we live, express opinions and give reasons, and describe daily routines.

Italian: We cover topics such as introducing yourself, describing people, numbers, months, the alphabet, school equipment, classroom vocabulary, school subjects and how to express opinions and give reasons.