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To be a department that creates an appreciation of language and culture through autonomy and adventure with the foreign language.
To 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 want to enable all students to communicate effectively and confidently in the foreign language and be able to learn invaluable understanding of their own languages, whilst building life skills.
Key Stage 3 (2 years)
All students study either French or German, depending on their band. Classes are set
according to ability across a range of subjects. Students have 5 one hour lessons each fortnight. In Years 7 and 8, students cover a range of topics including Phonics, Dictionary skills, Spontaneous talking, Self, Family and Friends, Home and Local Area, School and Education, Food and Drink, Leisure and Holidays. A variety of interactive resources are used to engage and challenge students. We have regular access to ICT suites and subscribe to several interactive websites.
Key Stage 4 (3 years)
We offer GCSE French and German. The course involves the study of three broad themes:
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 the OCR exam board but will use EDUQAS for the new GCSE from 2017. Students are assessed regularly using past papers, authentic text and literature, translation, speaking prompts and intervention for underachievement is rapid and robust.
There are currently 3 members of full time experienced staff.
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.