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Modern Languages

Our aim in the Modern Languages department is to promote an enjoyment of communicating in another language, a skill becoming increasingly relevant and necessary in today’s world.  A knowledge of other languages is the key to gaining an understanding of the lives and cultures of people everywhere.  Learning languages is more than just words, grammar and sentences.  Pupils also learn about tolerance, awareness of cultural differences, and the importance of good communication skills.  As the famous quote states, “One language sets you in a corridor for life.  Two languages open every door along the way.”  Our aim is for pupils to be brave, open-minded and curious about what they are learning and to feel motivated by the fact that they can transfer what they have learnt in class to real-life situations.

Our Curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9

In Years 7, 8 and 9 all pupils study French and German.  They cover a wide range of topics including family and friends, pets, describing their area, talking about free time, holidays, school, the world of work and plans for the future.  All pupils are able to talk about past, present and future activities by the end of Year 9.

The key skills needed to master another language are Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Translation and these are regularly practised.  All of these are transferable skills for both business and leisure purposes.

Technology plays a key role in the Languages curriculum as pupils have access to two computer rooms dedicated to Languages.  Various websites and software are available to our pupils so that they can continue with their learning both at home and at school.  We often use clips and music in lessons, as we are committed to providing a learning experience which is varied, accessible, relevant and enjoyable for all.

Our upper school curriculum
Our Sixth Form curriculum

Enrichment Opportunities

Pupils have an option to start Spanish in Year 8 as a lunchtime club.  This is a popular option and we have pupils who continue with their study of Spanish to GCSE and A-level.  In Year 7, pupils go to Germany for a week.  This trip takes in all the sights and experiences of the beautiful Rhineland.  In Year 9, pupils have the opportunity to take part in French and German exchanges.  There is a lot on offer!  We are very happy to be able to provide the pupils with opportunities to use the languages that they have learnt.