Modern Languages

We believe that all pupils, regardless of ability, should have the opportunity to study a foreign language.  Not only does this give them an insight into and understanding of other cultures, but it also increases their employability in an ever-growing European, and indeed global, market.

Key Stage 3

In junior school our learning and teaching is based on the Studio series.

In year 8 we learn greetings, age, birthdays and dates, school bag and classroom, likes and dislikes, hobbies, colours, pets, family, where we live, nationality and weather.

In year 9 we cover survival kit, physical descriptions, personality, school subjects, giving opinions and reasons, timetable, 12 hour clock, school day, food, computers and mobiles, sports and activities.

In year 10 we study town, directions, where you go, invitations, what you can do, holidays, getting ready to go out, buying drinks and snacks, holiday plans, what you would like to do.

Pupils can put into practice what they have learned in the classroom by joining us each year on a trip to France.

Key Stage 4

GCSE French aims to develop the ability to communicate effectively in French and to understand French in a variety of contexts. It also develops awareness and understanding of countries and communities where French is spoken.

Topics covered:

  1. Lifestyle, Health, Relationships and Choices
  2. Leisure, Free Time, the Media and Holidays
  3. Home and Environment
  4. Work and Education, Future Plans, Current and Future Jobs

Assessment details:

Listening Examination 20%

Reading Examination 20%

Controlled Speaking Assessment 30% assessed internally and moderated externally

Controlled Writing Assessment 30% assessed externally

Learning and teaching methods:

Students have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in groups.  Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are enhanced through the use of ICT.

Useful resources:    (username and password available for pupils)

Mrs G McCalmont     Head of Department

Mrs L McGowan    Assistant SENCO

European Day of Languages

To mark European Day of Languages 2017 a number of events were held within school.  Pupils tasted different European foods, dressed up in regional costumes and had some European themed quizzes.

Here are some photos from the day: