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Key Stage 3

Our year 7 students study French, German or Spanish on entry. Students follow a scheme of work based on the Accès and Studio (French), Stimmt (German), Viva (Spanish) textbooks and on-line resources.

In year 8, students continue with the language they started in year 7, following schemes of work based on the Studio, Stimmt and Viva textbooks and on-line resources. In year 8, some students have the opportunity to study a second Modern Foreign Language, in addition to their first foreign language.

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, German or Spanish, or two languages, to GCSE. For all three languages, 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), free time activities (music, cinema, TV, food, eating out, sport), customs and festivals in French/ German/ Spanish 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

Extra-curricular opportunities

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

Year 7

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.

Key Stage 4

Year 9 and 10

Students studying German have the opportunity to participate in a German Exchange with our partner school in Homburg. The German students come here and stay with our students’ families for a week, and we then go over to Germany and stay with the German students’ families for a week. This is an amazing chance to improve language skills, as well as to immerse ourselves in German culture and make new friends.