In languages we prioritise speaking skills rather than traditional text book learning. By implementing our Speak First programme and using the maximum amount of target language in our lessons we are able to make languages more accessible and engaging for new learners.
In KS3, we use creative contexts to inspire students whilst still maintaining a focus on language acquisition and grammar skills. Examples of topics covered in the KS3 curriculum include: aliens, fairy tales, theme parks, jungles, food and music.
In KS4, we consolidate and build on the skills and knowledge acquired in KS3 applying them to authentic texts and real-life situations. We follow the Edexcel specification for French and the AQA for German.
We value opportunities for enrichment by regularly running trips both abroad and in UK. Previous trips include Paris and Alsfeld in Germany.
Homework is set on Doddle and usually takes the form of vocabulary learning. We set up all of our students on memrise and encourage them to use this website to help them with their language learning. We encourage independent learning by rewarding students who collect the most points on memrise.
We currently offer French, German and have recently added Spanish. Students are assigned a language in Year 7. Our classes are all mixed-ability.