Modern Foreign Languages
All Year 7 students will have the choice to study either French or Spanish and take this language through to the end of Key Stage 3. In Year 8 the more able linguists will have the option to learn a second foreign language alongside the language they chose in Year 7.
In Years 10 and 11 languages are optional at GCSE level but students are actively encouraged to continue with a language as far as possible.
The development of listening and speaking skills are given a high priority and students will be encouraged to undertake speaking homework, using cassette tapes/CDs.
During Year 7, students will follow a common course working from either EXPO 1 for French and ¡Mira! for Spanish. Currently students are taught in mixed ability groups for Modern Language lessons but they are set at the end of Year 9 according to ability.
The development of listening and speaking skills are given a high priority and students will be assigned homework tasks on Doddle or on the VLE.
The Languages Department also offers annual study visits to France/Spain to enable students to practise their speaking skills in an authentic setting and to have first-hand experience of Spanish/French speaking cultures.