In Year 7 students take either French or German on four periods per fortnight, which enables them to gain a good grasp of the basics. In Year 8 all students continue with their Year 7 language and the majority add a second from French, German and Spanish. Both these languages are given equal curriculum time on three periods over the two-week cycle. In Year 9 all students continue with at least one language on four periods and some continue with both. In the latter case students receive four lessons of their second foreign language and two lessons of their first.
At KS4 a foreign language is an option, although where students are deemed capable of achieving at least GCSE grade C 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.
In the Sixth Form we run relatively small classes at AS level in Year 12 and A level in Year 13. Which courses run will depend on popularity and we currently have AS courses in French and German and A level courses in French, German and Spanish.
For more information about each key stage, please click on each of the sections below.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)
German - Year 7 students begin their National Curriculum studies of German in mixed ability groups. They cover a number of topics during the year including personal identification 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 and writing.
Spanish - Year 7 students have begun their National Curriculum studies of Spanish in mixed ability groups. They have covered a number of topics during the year including personal identification 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 and writing.
MFL2: French or German (Right side) & French or Spanish (Left side)
In Year 8 students begin learning this language in mixed ability groups. They develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading 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 this language in mixed ability core groups. They develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading 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 (Years 10, 11)
The year will start with some revision of the ‘basics’ covered at KS3, before moving onto the GCSE topic area of ‘Lifestyle’. In the spring term students will study the area of ‘Leisure’ and work on different tenses before completing a first controlled conditions written assignment on ‘holidays’ in the summer term. They will also complete a first controlled conditions assessment in the summer term about your ‘home’.
Students will continue their study of the GCSE topic areas of ‘Home and Environment’ and ‘Work and Education’ and complete further controlled conditions assignments at regular intervals. There will be plenty of practice of listening and reading in preparation for the listening and reading tests in June.
French / German
The first term of year 12 is partly spent consolidating GCSE knowledge. Grammar is revised thoroughly so that the student is well prepared to progress quickly and they will significantly broaden their vocabulary as they study the topic areas. Much of each lesson is conducted in German and the student will get plenty of opportunity to practice speaking through pair work, group work and class debate. Students use authentic materials and access resources on the internet for research and individual study.
For more information about this subject at KS5, please click here to view the relevant subject leaflet at the bottom of the page.