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Modern Foreign Languages

This unique, expertly-staffed and forward-thinking department offers pupils the in-depth study of two modern languages alongside extensive extracurricular provision, plus exciting opportunities to work with our French, German and Spanish Foreign Language Assistants. We use engaging and pertinent materials and we believe very passionately in learning about a language within its broadest possible context. Although we place a strong emphasis on grammar and the acquisition of vocabulary tools for progress and linguistic expertise, the literature, art, music, history and culture of our target language countries remain a focus throughout the key stages. Our learning often takes us beyond the classroom to sample the cultures of our target language countries at first hand.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, students learn either French, German or Spanish for 3 hours per fortnight. In addition, Year 7 pupils study Latin once a fortnight.

Our Year 8 pupils begin to learn a second modern foreign language alongside their first as well as continuing with Latin once a fortnight. They continue with these two languages until the end of Key Stage 3. Extracurricular Russian is available after school.

In Year 9 students continue with Latin twice a fortnight with their two modern languages (4 hours per fortnight).

Key Stage 4

All students study at least one foreign language (either French, German, Spanish or Latin), although many opt to study two. Students have 5 hours per fortnight at GCSE per language.

We are happy to facilitate qualifications in students' home languages. For more information on how to proceed, please contact Mrs Helen Price via school email.

Key Stage 5

Our results at GCSE and beyond are very impressive and many of our students elect to study at least one language in the Sixth Form. We offer A Level language study in French, German, Latin and Spanish.

We are happy to facilitate qualifications in students' home languages. For more information on how to proceed, please contact Mrs Helen Price via school email.

Many of our students go on to study languages at university, either as specialist subjects or in combination with other disciplines.

Trips Abroad

Students have opportunities to travel abroad, in order to practise what they have learned and to see for themselves the diverse cultures of the French, German and Spanish-speaking world. We offer the following:

  • A Year 9 French/History residential visit to the Somme region, where students stay in a château and enjoy outdoor activities, along with tours of historical sites of interest and authentic practice of what they have learned in their French lessons;
  • Year 10 trip to Bath for Latin;
  • A KS4 German and History trip  to Frankfurt;
  • A KS4/KS5 Spanish home-stay, language study visit to Salamanca, Spain;
  • A KS5 A Level Exchange trip to Weiden in Germany;
  • A KS5 A Level cultural visit to Lyon.

Enrichment Opportunities

We have an extensive lending library of authentic reading resources. Our curriculum is enhanced by an impressive array of enrichment opportunities, such as:

  • Extracurricular Russian lessons;
  • French, German and Spanish lunchtime club;
  • The opportunity to borrow authentic target language magazines, films, books and journals;
  • Taking part in email and letter exchanges with students of a similar age in French, German and Spanish-speaking countries;
  • Participating in events devised and run in collaboration with our colleagues at the University of Birmingham;
  • Enjoying productions by touring educational theatre companies, presented by expert native speaker performers;
  • Competitions and quizzes.

 

Curriculum Maps

French
German
Latin
Spanish

 

Newsletters

German Newsletters

DLD Issue 5 - December 2020
DLD Issue 4 - November 2020

Spanish Newsletters

Espanglish Vol 10 - 14th January 2021
Espanglish Vol 9 - 8th December 2020
Espanglish Vol 8 - 9th November 2020
Espanglish Vol 7 - 5th October 2020
Espanglish Vol 6 - 5th October 2020
Espanglish Vol 5 - 21st September 2020