Our aim is develop pupils' ability to use languages effectively for purposes of practical communication, to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of France and Germany and encourage positive attitudes towards them and to provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation. We do so by using a variety of teaching methods involving text books, audio recordings, videos, song, drama, readers, ICT and the language laboratory.
KS3 Curriculum Summary
Pupils start a modern language (either French or German) in Year 7. They start a second language (French or German) in Year 9, and continue to study both languages until the end of Year 9. They are taught to express themselves using the present, past and future tenses on a wide range of topics related to their personal experience.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Summary
All pupils study either French or German at Key Stage 4. It is possible to study both. In Key Stage 4 we reinforce the work covered in Key Stage 3 and introduce more complex grammar. Topics extend outside personal experience to include the media, employment, the environment and social issues. The GCSE exam consists of reading and listening exams. Speaking and writing is examined though controlled assessments. The OCR syllabus is followed.
Each year approximately 60 students have the opportunity to sit the MFL GCSE at the end of year 10. These students sit an additional Asset languages qualification at the start of year 11.
Key Stage 5 Curriculum Summary
Pupils continue to develop their grammatical knowledge and study a wide range of topics. For the AS course topics include; family, media, health, sport, travel and education. Pupils are examined by means of a combined-skills paper (listening, reading and writing) and a speaking examination.
For the A2 course topics include; social issues, the environment, law and order, politics and scientific/technological advances. Pupils are examined at the end of the year by means of a combined-skills paper and a speaking examination.