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Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School     
Merthyr Dyfan Road
CF62 9YQ
Vale of Glamorgan

Telephone: 01446 403500

Fax: 01446 403501

Email: brynhafrencs.bhcs@valelearning.com


MFL - French & Spanish

All pupils study Spanish at Key Stage 3 and they are taught in mixed ability groups until they reach Year 9. French is currently only being taught to pupils in Year 11. Spanish is the most popular subject at GCSE and both French and Spanish have been high performing subjects in terms of results. At Key Stage 3, 94% of our pupils achieve a level 5+ with 40% gaining a level 7, which is one of the highest percentages in Wales. Our target this year is to maintain this success by continuing to beat the percentages in our Local Education Authority. These are some of the many factors that have helped make Bryn Hafren a Centre of Excellence for Modern Foreign Language learning in central South Wales. All pupils work through carefully designed booklets which contain key words and phrases helping them progress quickly through the levels. French and Spanish lessons are fun, enjoyable and interactive where pupils regularly use I pads to consolidate their learning. There are lots of rewards and certificates for good work and pupils also have the opportunity to learn more about the culture of France and Spain.

Staff List

Mrs Walters-Bresner (Head of Languages & Regional MFL Strategic Lead for Central South Consortium)
Mrs Bound (Learning Manager)
Mrs Honeywell (Learning Manager)
Miss Llewelyn (Second in MFL)
Mrs Davies (Second in MFL & MFL Curriculum Hub lead for Central South Consortium)


In Spanish, pupils are taught in mixed ability groups until they reach Year 9. In Year 7, pupils learn how to greet people and talk about themselves in detail including family, pets and hobbies. In Year 8, pupils learn how to talk about their studies and future plans and in Year 9, pupils learn how to talk about their home town and area and their hobbies in greater detail. In French, pupils study topics such as holidays, transport, the media and technology. Pupils work through carefully designed booklets in which they use the present, past and future tenses in a variety of topics. In Year 9, pupils get a flavour of what it’s like to study a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE as the booklets contain past paper questions on the topics they’re studying. This gives pupils the opportunity to reach level 7 of the National Curriculum by the end of Year 9. Each booklet contains assessment pieces in the skills of speaking and listening (oracy), reading and writing. Pupils are encouraged to complete ‘Think Pink’ tasks which are more challenging than the ones found in the booklets, helping pupils progress through the levels more quickly. We have a homework policy where pupils are set regular spelling tests and every half term pupils are expected to complete a homework task of their choice from a given list.

We also take part in Cardiff University's Mentoring Programme where some Year 9 pupils are mentored on a regular basis

by a student at the university who is studying languages at degree level. Pupils are gaining an insight into the importance of

languages on a global platform and are receiving valuable guidance and support in their studies.


Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups and have 5 hours a fortnight. Pupils follow the WJEC course. Spanish is currently the most popular subject at GCSE. Currently in Year 10 there are over 60 pupils studying it. They are both successful subjects in terms of results. Pupils continue to work through booklets which contain past paper questions where pupils can apply what they have learnt in an exam situation. The specification has recently changed and the new GCSE will cover the following themes:

Identity and Culture -  self and relationships, technology and social media, health and fitness, entertainment and leisure and customs and traditions learning about food, drink and festivals and celebrations in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.

Wales and the world & areas of interest - local areas of interest, travel and transport, holidays and tourism, the environment and sustainability.

Current and future study and employment - school life, school studies, career plans and employment.


Pupils continue to work through booklets where there is a strong focus on exam technique and grammar. Pupils follow the WJEC course where they receive 8 hours of Spanish a fortnight. The topics covered at AS level include:

Being a young person in Spanish-speaking society - family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships, youth trends and issues and personal identity, education and employment opportunities.

Understanding the Spanish-speaking world - regional culture and heritage in Spain, literature, art, film and music in theSpanish-speaking world.

Extra- curricular: We have our own pupil languages ambassadors. They meet once a fortnight and discuss developments in teaching and learning and help improve the department in many ways. They also represent us in many different ways in events and open evenings. Furthermore, we hold a year 7 spelling bee club run by Routes into Languages and we organise  many educational visits where pupils can practise and enhance their language learning skills.