Key Stage 3

Currently all students in Years 7 and 8 study French and German, before making their options at the end of Year 8. In Year 7 French students follow a course which allows them to consolidate language, and the key linguistic structures they have learnt in Primary school.  German will be new for most students but many language skills are transferable. In Year 7, we will cover various modules of work such as personal information, classroom language, school, hobbies, the home, local area and holidays. Through explicit grammar teaching pupils should be more confident in using key linguistic structures.

In Year 8, French and German students will consolidate the work they have done in Year 7, but there is more emphasis on grammatical structures including tenses. Themes include Leisure, Health, Food, Daily Routine, Shopping, Directions and Holidays. We regularly assess students’ progress in the four key skill areas: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. All the essential information for those assessments is detailed in the pupils Course Guide, which supports pupils in their learning.

In Year 7 and 8 we run two very exciting and popular language trips to Germany and France.

Year 9

In Year 9 pupils have the choice of studying French, German or Spanish to GCSE. They can do one of these or a combination of two of them. Pupils who choose Spanish in Year 9 currently follow an accelerated course. As the course is condensed into three years the Spanish course is more geared towards those who have shown a real commitment to language learning in Years 7 and 8.

In Year 9 we build the foundations for GCSE, ensuring that students have a deeper grammatical understanding - in particular looking at wider range of tenses and encouraging students to include a wider range of linguistic structures in their work.

In Year 9 we run trips to France and Germany.

See below for useful online platforms which students will be given login details for.