The Modern Foreign Languages Department aims to develop the ability to use French and Spanish effectively for practical communication through developing a sound basis of skills and cultural awareness.
We provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation and encourage positive attitudes towards learning languages for we believe that the knowledge of any foreign language is a vital and valuable skill both in life and in business.
The department is staffed by a committed team of three highly qualified teachers.
All students in the language department are taught in mixed ability teaching groups.
- Year 7 students have 4 lessons per week of French
- Year 8 students have 2 lessons per week of French and 2 lessons per week of Spanish
- Year 9 students have 5 lessons per week shared between French and Spanish
- Years 10 and 11 have 3 lessons per week
Students are continually assessed in class through the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Exams are set in November and June, which include components of equal weighting in the four skills.
Students in years 7 to 9 follow the well resourced “Equipe Nouvelle” scheme which successfully prepares them for the start of their GCSE course. At GCSE we currently work towards the OCR Examination which has four units: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The speaking and writing elements are examined through controlled assessments over the two years, whilst the listening and writing skills have terminal examination in the end of year 11.
The students start Spanish in Year 8 and follow the well resourced “Listos” scheme of work as well as utilising many resources linked to the internet. This prepares them for the GCSE course in KS4 using the new OCR GCSE Spanish scheme of work.
At GCSE we currently work towards the OCR Examination which has four units: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The speaking and writing elements are examined through controlled assessments over the two years, whilst the listening and writing skills have terminal examination in the end of year 11.
Five topics are covered in the GCSE course: home and local area; health and sport; leisure and entertainment; travel and the wider world; education and work.
The students in year 10 will be going on an educational trip in England related to a Spanish or South American cultural event. Date to be determined. At the end of the summer term, students from year 10 and 11 are invited to participate in a tapas and paella making organised by the Spanish department in the school grounds.