Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students study either French or Spanish as a Modern Foreign Language. Spanish is a new language introduced in September 2015. Year 6 pupils are offered taster sessions on the Induction Day in both languages, and then pupils choose the language they prefer to learn. The course offers students the opportunity to use their knowledge with confidence and competence and also to develop language skills. Students’ cultural awareness is increased by learning about French and Spanish-speaking countries and people. The course offers a sound basis for further study at GCSE and beyond.
Key Stage 4
Students choosing French at Key Stage 4 are given the opportunity to use the French language more independently, while learning a more complex range of expressions and building on their grammar.
The exam board used is Edexcel. Students are currently assessed on four pieces of coursework worth 60% of their final GCSE grade: Writing 1 (15%), Speaking 1 (15%), Writing 2 (15%) and Speaking 2 (15%). The coursework is based on topics such as Home and Local Area, School and Education, Work Experience, Holidays, Hobbies. The controlled assessments are completed in Year 10 and the first half term of Year 11 while the rest of the year they focus on examination preparation. Students sit two GCSE examinations in the summer series worth 40% of their final grade: Listening (20%) and Reading (20%).
Students choosing GCSE Languages from 2015 will be assessed on four external exams: Listening (25%), Speaking (25%), Reading (25%) and Writing (25%). The exams will be sat at the end of Year 11.
The department also facilitates GCSE, AS and A2 examinations in different mother tongue languages such as Arabic, Dutch, Italian, Persian, Portuguese and Urdu. All rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and we have mobile cabinets of laptops as well as a designated IT room. Students use these resources for research and for producing presentations.