Modern Foreign Languages

We aspire to expose our pupils to a broad and ambitious Modern Languages curriculum, which is rich in skills and knowledge, develops self-efficacy, kindles curiosity and promotes diversity and tolerance of other cultures. This is often achieved through the exploration of Hispanic and Francophone speaking countries.

Key Stages 3, 4 & 5 Curriculum

At Key stage 3 students have the opportunity to study both French and Spanish in Year 7 with a view to choosing one language in Years 8 and 9. We encourage students to use language skills, receptively and productively, for communication in the real world, for practical purposes, interests and beyond and to express and justify opinions. We build on their confidence and autonomy to access new and unfamiliar language through the explicit teaching of phonics ,vocabulary and grammar. This will allow them to use language accurately and creatively. Studies will be enhanced through gaining an appreciation of cultural diversity and the use of authentic material from other Spanish and French speaking countries. The curriculum is further enriched through a variety of in-school activities, such as participation in the European Day of Languages, Writing and other competitions, and Penpal opportunities.

Throughout KS4 students of French, Spanish and Italian work towards becoming a fluent and spontaneous speaker of the foreign language they are studying. We follow the Edexcel syllabus which is both interesting and challenging for students. There are 3 broad topic areas: Identity and culture; Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Current and future study and employment We look to build and consolidate on all the language and the skills students developed at KS3 but the emphasis is much more strongly on enriching our students understanding of cultural diversity and society beyond the classroom and all the wonderful opportunities available to them as they aspire to be expert learners.

Students studying Italian, Spanish or French A level will study a range of topics focussing on the evolution of society, multiculturalism, artistic culture and aspects of political life in the countries where the language is spoken. We undertake an in-depth study of either one literary text and one film. Studying an A level language promotes greater fluency, grammatical accuracy and confidence in all forms of language which aims to promote greater independence. We aim to develop knowledge through reading and listening to authentic source materials and learning how to extract information, initiate conversations and respond to questions both orally and in writing. We set out to instil a passion for foreign language opportunities and to provide our students with an invaluable tool for their future, making them highly competitive and employable.