"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."
Bienvenue! Willkommen! ¡Bienvenidos!
Languages are at the heart of the school’s curriculum and play a large part in enriching students’ learning experience, not only in class but through extra-curricular activities.
We currently teach French, German and Spanish at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Students are taught to improve the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening with the aim of taking GCSE (AQA) at the end of Key Stage 4 and A Level (AQA) at Key Stage 5. Additionally, students are given the opportunity to study another language, from a choice of 32, in the Sixth Form.
Students are taught in teaching groups in Year 7 and 8. Half the Year 7 population learn Spanish, half learn French.
In KS4, students are grouped by ability and have 3 lessons a week. In KS5, this will rise to 6 lessons a week. In addition, students in KS5 will spend 1 lesson a week in the MFL KS5 Study Support Room speaking in the target language and looking at authentic materials.
In Key Stage 3 and 4 typical topics covered are:
- Personal information
In Key Stage 5 students are stretched by in-depth coverage of topics such as:
- Popular and artistic culture
- Family and relationships
- Equal rights
- Multicultural society
- Political issues
Students will also embark on the study of a book and a film in the target language and Year 13 students also embark on an independent research project that investigates cultural elements of the target language country or community.
Staff use a range of resources in their teaching from websites such as www.linguascope.co.uk and www.languagesonline.org.uk to foreign language films, books and magazines. Text books such as Métro (French), Logo (German), and ¡Mira! (Spanish) further assist teachers to bring the Modern Foreign Language alive in the classroom. We have 9 dedicated language classrooms including an ICT suite. Every classroom has an interactive electronic whiteboard. In addition, the faculty has a set of 32 iPads and a plethora of foreign language DVDs. Students in the sixth form can watch foreign TV in a dedicated language room on the MFL corridor.
Students are assessed on a regular basis using a variety of methods at each assessment point. Support is put in place to assist students at all stages and abilities to reach learning targets.
We offer a variety of extra-curricular clubs to broaden students’ knowledge of foreign cultures such as cooking, dance, choir and Italian, Portuguese and Japanese taster sessions. We also take every opportunity to embrace cross-curricular teaching and participate in enrichment activities to mark events such as World Book Day and the European Day of Languages.
Students from all Key Stages are also invited to take part in visits abroad and we are proud to have been able to offer the following visits in previous years:
- Year 7 - Normandie, France and Murcia, Spain
- Year 8 and 9 - Cataluña, Spain and Cantabria, Spain
- Year 10 and 11 - Berlin, Germany
- Year 12 and 13 - work experience placements in Saxony, Germany, Massif Central, France and Andalucía, Spain
Students have regular opportunities to communicate with native speakers in the target language.
Learning additional languages can lead to many exciting career opportunities such as translation, journalism and law.
Every year we celebrate students’ progress and success at our annual "Love Languages" Language Awards Evening and students are given the opportunity to perform songs, dances and sketches in the target language before a large audience of staff, parents and special guests.
What our students say...
"Learning a language is exciting."
"It's really interesting."
"I went on a school trip to France and it was really fun."
"It broadens your horizons and I feel really lucky to have studied a language."