Languages

In Modern Languages, we aim to develop students’ ability to communicate accurately and with confidence in French, German and Spanish both orally and in written form. During our language lessons, students use traditional and new media to complete activities using all four skills.

Listening and speaking exercises are designed for students to extend their vocabulary and ultimately autonomously improve their communication, pronunciation and fluency. Role plays are conducted in pairs or in groups in the target language. This helps students to build their confidence when speaking another language and to foster their imagination and competence when creating their own role plays. Writing and reading exercises reinforces and extends their knowledge of vocabulary as well as focussing on spelling and grammar. Part of our homework strategy is to encourage students to read texts independently and to write their response to a set task as well as to research cultural and social topics. We also aim to promote students’ independent learning and enjoyment of the language across all Key Stages, by using interactive language software which can also be accessed from home.

What will your child learn in our subject:

In Key Stage 3, our modern language students will be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We will also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read texts in the original language. They will develop an appreciation for the languages studied and gain a deeper understanding of the culture of French, German and Spanish speaking countries.

In Key Stage 4, our modern language students can chose to benefit from further language learning and add a european dimension to their choice of GCSE subjects, which is something that many future employers and higher education providers look for. They will learn many skills which are useful in a wide range of careers, such as the ability to communicate clearly, being confident about speaking in public and using problem solving strategies.

In Key Stage 5, our students have the option to continue with languages, equipping them to study and work in other countries later in life. This course allows students to develop confident, effective communication skills in the language of their choice and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where the language is spoken.

Celebrating success

We are very pleased with our GCSE results this year.

  • In French GCSE, we achieved 87.9% A*-C
  • In German GCSE we achieved 62.1% A*-C

Well done to all our exam students!

Every month our ML staff nominate students from years 7-13 for stars of the month which are displayed outside the ML office. These students can be nominated for a variety of positive reasons such as effort, homework, participation and work ethic.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Trips

This October, we ran a very successful trip to Paris for year 10 and 11 which proved to be motivational and we hope to make a stronger link with a French school to enable our students to talk with French students this year.

What is special about us?

We are a hard-working and dedicated team who come from a wide variety of educational and personal backgrounds. Our team consists of three native speakers and staff who have worked and studied in French, German and Spanish speaking countries and as a result are extremely talented linguists. Furthermore, all our teachers are utilising their vast experience teaching in England and abroad to engage students in their language learning.

KS3 German

What equipment will my child need?

  • Pocket dictionary
  • Dry wipe board pen
  • Headphones
  • Coloured pens
  • Glue stick
  • Cover for exercise book

What will my child be studying?

 

Year 7

  • Self
  • Items in your school bag
  • Numbers
  • Family
  • Physical descriptions
  • Pets
  • School
  • Time
  • Sports
  • House

Year 8

  • Personal details
  • Weather
  • Holiday last year
  • Buying train tickets
  • Daily routine
  • Parts of the body
  • Illness
  • Food and drink
  • Shops
  • Inviting a friend out
  • TV programmes

Year 9

  • Personal Details
  • Nationalities
  • School rules
  • Directions
  • Environment
  • Films
  • Part-time jobs
  • Describing clothes
  • Family life
  • Rules at home
  • Resolutions for the future

How can I help my child through KS3 German?

By using websites such as BBC Bitesize, www.linguascope.com, www.languagesonline.org.uk, www.gut.org.uk, www.doddlelearn.co.uk

How will my child be assessed in German?

  • They will be assessed usually at the end of every module on 2 of the following skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking.
  • The homework will contain a mixture of writing, reading and learning exercises.

Subject Leader: Mrs L Munro
KS3 Co-coordinator: Mrs E Ferris

KS3 Spanish

What equipment will my child need?

  • Pocket dictionary
  • Dry wipe board pen
  • Headphones
  • Coloured pens
  • Glue stick
  • Cover for exercise book

What will my child be studying?

Year 7: Self, Family, Physical descriptions, Pets, School, Time, Sports, House, What you do on holidays

Years eight and nine Spanish curriculum will be communicated next year.

How can I help my child through KS3 Spanish?

By using websites such as BBC Bitesize, www.linguascope.com, www.languagesonline.org.uk, www.gut.org.uk, www.doddlelearn.co.uk

How will my child be assessed in Spanish?

  • They will be assessed usually at the end of every module on 2 of the following skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking.
  • The homework will contain a mixture of writing, reading and learning exercises.

Subject Leader: Mrs L Munro
KS3 Co-coordinator: Mrs E Ferris

KS3 French

What equipment will my child need?

  • Pocket dictionary
  • Dry wipe board pen
  • Headphones
  • Coloured pens
  • Glue stick
  • Cover for exercise book

What will my child be studying?

 

Year 7

  • Self
  • Family
  • Physical descriptions
  • Pets
  • School
  • Time
  • Sports
  • House
  • What you do on
  • Holidays

Year 8

  • Self
  • Family
  • Daily routines
  • Parts of the body
  • Illness
  • Food and drink
  • Shops
  • Travelling to/around
  • Paris
  • Booking a holiday in France

Year 9

  • Your town
  • Housework
  • Exchange visits
  • Keeping fit
  • Healthy eating
  • Clothes
  • Pocket money
  • Characteristics
  • Weather
  • News

How can I help my child through KS3 French?

By using websites such as BBC Bitesize, www.linguascope.com, www.languagesonline.org.uk, www.gut.org.uk, www.doddlelearn.co.uk

How will my child be assessed in French?

  • They will be assessed usually at the end of every module on 2 of the following skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking.
  • The homework will contain a mixture of writing, reading and learning exercises.

Subject Leader:  Mrs L Munro
KS3 Co-coordinator: Mrs E Ferris

KS4 French & German

Exam Board: AQA
Tiered Exam: All 4 exams are now tiered at Higher and Foundation level. Students must sit either all Higher or all Foundation tier exams.

How is the course assessed?

There are 4 exams for both Foundation and Higher tier. Students are assessed across Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each paper is worth 25% of the total GCSE. There is no coursework/controlled assessment option any longer.

How long are the examinations?

Listening examinations are 30minutes for both tiers, the higher reading is 50minutes and the foundation reading examination is 35minutes.

What is covered on the course?

There are three broad themes in the new GCSE.
These are: Identity and Culture, Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Current and future study and employment.

What texts/cultural aspects would you recommended?

Students can watch films in the language they are learning. They also have access to Kerboodle (an online textbook) and can use vocabulary learning websites/apps such as Memrise or Quizlet.
Useful grammar websites include: www.languagesonline.org.uk and BBC Bitesize.

What equipment should my child have?

Dictionary
Chromebook/laptop

Subject Leader: Mrs L Munro
KS4 Coordinator: Mrs L Munro

KS5 French & German

A Level French

For details of the French course, please click on the link below:
UCAS Progress.com – French

A Level German

For details of the German course, please click on the link below:
UCAS Progress.com – German