Key Stage 3
Our current year 7 pupils study French, German or Spanish on entry. Pupils follow a scheme of work based on the Accès and Studio (French), Stimmt (German), Viva! (Spanish) textbooks and on-line resources. Pupils will then continue with the language they started in year 7, when they move into year 8. In year 8 some pupils will have the opportunity to study a second Modern Foreign Language, in addition to their first foreign language.
Our current year 8 pupils continue with their study of French, which they began in year 7. They continue to follow a scheme of work based on the Studio textbooks and on-line resources. Some pupils also have the opportunity to study German as a second Modern Foreign Language. In German we follow a scheme of work based on the textbook Echo Express, which is specifically designed for second foreign language learners.
Students’ learning is regularly assessed via a programme of common assessments, covering the four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
Key Stage 4
In years 9, 10 and 11 students study French and/or German to GCSE. For both French and German the exam board is AQA.
Students are assessed via terminal exams in listening, speaking, reading and writing, which take place at the end of year 11. All four skills are equally weighted and are worth 25% each.
Students cover the following themes and topic areas:
Theme 1 Identity and culture
Me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life (social media, mobile technology), freetime activities (music, cinema, TV, food, eating out, sport), customs and festivals in French speaking countries/ communities.
Theme 2 Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Home, town, neighbourhood and region, social issues (charity/ voluntary work, (un)healthy living), global issues (environment, poverty/ homelessness), travel and tourism.
Theme 3 Current and future study and employment
My studies, life at school/ college, education post 16, jobs, career choices and ambitions
Whole school – every year we celebrate European Day of Languages. We run an inter-house “Spot the Teacher” competition, where ten members of staff very kindly wear badges for us (representing different aspects of European culture each year) and tutor groups have to identify the teachers and the badges they are wearing. The House with the most entries wins the European Day of Languages cup and the winning entries in each House win a tub of chocolates for their tutor group. Students answer the register in tutor time in a different language and we provide a tutor group quiz raising awareness of different languages and cultures. The canteen also supports us by making foods with a European theme.
Key Stage 3
There is a day trip to Boulogne in the Summer term. Part of the trip involves visiting a sweet factory to see sweets being made.
There is a four-day trip to Paris in the Autumn term, where pupils visit various sights, including the Montparnasse tower, and the highlight is a day in Disneyland.
Year 7 and 8
Pupils have the opportunity to learn some Spanish and experience some of the culture by going to Spanish club.
Pupils have the chance to train as Language Leaders and to teach junior school pupils in our feeder schools.
Year 9 and 10
Pupils studying German are able to improve their listening skills by taking advantage of the German film club.
Pupils studying German have the opportunity to participate in a German Exchange with our partner school in Bad-Homburg. The German pupils come here and stay with our pupils’ families for a week and we then go over to Germany and stay with the German pupils’ families for a week. This is an amazing chance to improve language skills as well as to immerse themselves in German culture and make new friends.