All pupils in Year 7 will study French and will have a taster session of Spanish towards the end of the year. At the end of Year 7 most pupils will continue to study French until the end of Key Stage 3 in Year 9, and pupils may also opt to continue to study Spanish until the end of the Key Stage 3. Pupils will be offered the opportunity to study for a “FCSE” qualification in either French or Spanish in Year 9. French and Spanish are then offered as an option in Key Stage 4 and accreditation is at GCSE Level.
The Modern Foreign Language courses aim to develop the ability to use another language for practical communication, and to offer insights into the culture and civilisations of French and Spanish speaking countries. Pupils are encouraged to subscribe to a French or Spanish magazine. In July 2014 pupils from Years 9, 10 and 11 will go on a residential visit to Paris where they will practice their French skills and we are in the process of organising a trip to Madrid for July 2015.
This year pupils will benefit from spending time with the French and/or Spanish assistant(s), discussing cultural similarities and differences and becoming more confident at speaking the language(s).
It is recommended that pupils have a French/English dictionary in Year 7, recommended edition details can be obtained from the Modern Foreign Languages Department. The Department offers extra-curricular revision classes for Key Stage 4 pupils