Modern Languages

We believe that all pupils, regardless of ability, should have the opportunity to study a foreign language. Not only does it 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 for French.

In year 8 we learn greetings, age, birthdays and dates, likes and dislikes, hobbies, colours, pets, family, countries and nationality.

In year 9 we cover physical descriptions, personality, school subjects, giving opinions with reasons, school timetable, 12 hour clock, food, computers and mobile phones, sport.

In year 10 we study leisure activities, weather, what you like doing, town/village, what there is to see and do there, holidays, buying drinks and snacks, house.


Clubs and extra-curricular activities

The European Day of Languages is celebrated each year on 26 September with food tasting, dressing up, games and quizzes. Pupils have an opportunity to learn some German or Spanish in our Language Club on Wednesday afternoons and can have a go at making French crêpes, Belgian waffles etc. They can also put into practice what they have learned in the classroom by joining us 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:

Theme 1: Identity, Lifestyle and Culture

Theme 2: Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest

Theme 3: School Life, Studies and the World

Assessment details:

Pupils are entered for Foundation or Higher tier in Listening, Reading and Writing. There is only one tier of entry in Speaking. Candidates can “mix and match” tiers.

Paper 1 Listening

Paper 2 Speaking

Paper 3 Reading

Paper 4 Writing

Each paper is worth 25% of the overall marks.


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 websites:


Mrs G McCalmont (Head of Department)

Mrs L McGowan

European Day of Languages

To mark this year’s European Day of Languages some of our year 8 pupils enjoyed French brioche and watched clips from Mr Bean’s Holiday, whilst others enjoyed dressing up in French national costume.

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: