Modern Languages

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.❞  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Introduction

In Year 7 students study French on four periods per fortnight, which enables them to gain a good grasp of vocabulary and grammar. After the first assessment cycle the top students will also learn German or Spanish on four periods per fortnight. Both these languages are given equal curriculum time on three periods over the two-week cycle. In Year 8 all students continue with their Year 7 language(s). In Year 9 all students continue with at least one language on four periods and some continue with both.

At KS4 French, German and Spanish is an option, although where students are deemed capable of achieving at least GCSE grade 5 they are strongly encouraged to take at least one. For the GCSE course students receive five periods per fortnight in both years 10 and 11.

There are also after-school and lunchtime MFL clubs where students can learn and/or consolidate their knowledge in German, French, Spanish and Japanese.

Key Stage 3

Students learn French and German or Spanish. Year 7 students begin their National Curriculum studies of French in mixed ability groups. They cover a number of topics during the year including personal identification, school, free time and home. Grammatical structures are taught formally within the context of these topics. Lessons contain a wide variety of activities, including the use of ICT to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, translation and writing.

In Year 8 students continue learning their first language in mixed ability groups, and the top students also continue with German or Spanish. They develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, translation and writing through a range of topics including self and family. Grammar is formally taught and reinforced through the topic areas. Lessons contain a wide variety of activities, including the use of ICT.

In Year 9, students continue their National Curriculum studies of their language(s).  They develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, translation and writing through topics such as travelling, holidays and free time. Grammar is formally taught and reinforced through these topic areas.  Lessons contain a wide variety of activities, to present new language and embed understanding.

Key Stage 4

French/German/Spanish

Year 10 starts with a thorough revision of all tenses, before moving onto the GCSE topic area of “Identity and Culture”. In the spring and summer term students will study the area of “Local, national, international and global areas of interest” and work on different grammar topics and translation before completing their first PPE (pre-public examination).

Students in Year 11 continue their study of the GCSE topic area of “Current and future study and employment”. Then there will be a revision schedule to revise all topics and grammar relevant for the exam and past papers will be completed in lessons and for homework. Students will complete their Speaking exam before May. There will be plenty of practice of listening, writing, translation and reading in preparation for the Listening, Reading and Writing exams in June.