The Modern Foreign Languages Department is committed to achieving excellence and fulfilling the potential of all students.
French is offered at KS3 and KS4. Students also have the opportunity to learn Spanish at KS4.
Miss D Cook – Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Key Stage 3
The Modern Foreign Languages curriculum aims to help students to make progress, to participate and to achieve.
All students study French at KS3. Pupils have 3 lessons over a 2-week period and are taught in mixed ability groups.
The KS3 course enables pupils to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French.
Key Stage 4
In Year 10, students can opt to continue with French to GCSE. The French GCSE builds on the foundations laid at KS3. There is also an express 2 year GCSE course for Spanish thus giving the opportunity to pursue this as an alternative language or as second language for dual linguists.
Students have 5 lessons over a 2-week period.
GCSE students follow the AQA GCSE French or AQA GCSE Spanish courses.
The three themes and relevant topics are:
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
Students will either be entered for the foundation tier or the higher tier in all 4 skills. The final decision on entry levels will be decided before the examination.
For the final grade these skills are weighted as follows:
Students will sit exams in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing at the end of year 11.