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Modern Foreign Languages

Our Department

Our Vision

To be a department that creates an appreciation of language and culture through autonomy and adventure within the foreign language.

Our Aim

To be a department that creates an appreciation of language and culture through autonomy and adventure within the foreign languTo improve expectations, attainment and achievement of all students through a curriculum and ethos that is designed to inspire, stimulate and match students' needs and aspirations. The department is staffed by experienced subject specialists who are driven to share their passion for their languages and the culture of the countries where the languages are spoken. The staff members strive to enable all students to communicate effectively and confidently in the foreign language and be able to gain an invaluable understanding of their own languages, whilst building life skills.

Our Facilities

Each member of staff has their own dedicated room with sound speakers, access to ICT suites or interactive whiteboard and a range of resources online.

Classrooms are positive and stimulating environments where all are encouraged to thrive and flourish in the foreign language and culture. Our aim is to inspire a love of languages which lasts a lifetime and a passion for wanting to visit the country to use the language first-hand.

Our Team

There are currently 3 full time and 1 part-time members of staff.

  • Mr James Rogers – Subject Leader
  • Mrs Louise Ebenhoeh – Teacher of German
  • Mrs Louise Ebenhoeh – Teacher of German
  • Mrs Natalie Watts - Teacher of German

Key Stage 3

In year 7, all students study French and German. In year 8, all students study French and some will study German. Classes are set according to ability across a range of subjects. In year 7, students have 3 one hour lessons of French and 3 one hour lessons of German each fortnight. In year 8, students either have 2 lessons of French and 3 hours of German each fortnight or 5 lessons of French.

In Years 7 and 8 French and German, students cover a range of topics including independent learning skills, Spontaneous talking, Self, Family and Friends, Home and Local Area, School and Education, Food and Drink, jobs and places in town. A variety of interactive resources are used to engage and challenge students.

Year 9

In year 9 all students study French. Classes are set according to ability across a range of subjects. Students will have 4 one hour lessons of French each fortnight.

Throughout year 9, students build on their knowledge and progress from Key Stage 3 whilst learning about the topics required at GCSE. This provides them with the skills they need to complete the GCSE French course. Students will cover a range of topics including Technology and Social Media, Environment and Social Issues, Self and Relationships, Transport and Local Areas of Interest, Holidays and Tourism and Food and Drink.

Key Stage 4

We offer GCSE French. The course involves the study of three broad themes:

  • Identity and culture (Youth culture, Lifestyle and Customs and Traditions).
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Home and Locality, German/ French speaking countries and Global Sustainability).
  • Current and future study and employment (Current studies, the World of Work, Jobs and Future plans).

It is assessed through 4 skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. The terminal exams will be worth 25% of your grade each. We currently use EDUQAS for the new GCSE course. Students are assessed regularly using past papers, authentic text and literature, translation, speaking prompts and intervention for underachievement is rapid and robust.

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