Modern Foreign Languages

Staffing of the department

Mrs Watkins - French and Spanish, Joint Head of Department
Mrs Jacob – French and Spanish, Joint Head of Department
Ms Parker – French and Spanish
Miss Gomez – French and Spanish

Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum

Languages broaden horizons, increase multi-cultural understanding and many linguists go on to study and work abroad. Learning languages helps to develop skills such as the ability to work in a team and effective communication, problem-solving skills, increasing confidence, open mindedness and flexibility. In lessons, pupils are taught to communicate solely in the target language whilst developing their independent learning skills in speaking, writing, reading and listening through a range of authentic cultural resources.  

French and Spanish are two of the most desired languages by international businesses and are both truly global languages which open doors to the Francophone and Hispanic worlds of Europe, Africa, America and South-East Asia.

In order to gain the new English Baccalaureate qualification a student needs to have a GCSE qualification in a modern foreign language. Some universities are now asking that students have at least one language before they can take up a place on a course and during a university course you will get the opportunity to work and live abroad.

KS3 curriculum

Through our curriculum children will be able to:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • Write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


KS3 Programme of study

The new curriculum for foreign languages aims to liberate students from insularity, providing an opening to other cultures which fosters their curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Pupils should be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers with increasing confidence, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature and authentic resources from the original language. Pupils learn to have conversations about themselves, their interests and key aspects of their lives such as school, home and health. In Year 9, students consider wider issues and study films in French and contribute to a Shelter Box charity project in Spanish. 

Pupils develop the breadth and depth of their competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. They should be able to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy in spelling and punctuation. It should provide suitable preparation for further study. In particular, they will study tenses to convey the present, past, and future and learn to manipulate a variety of key grammatical structures and patterns. They will also develop a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, allowing them to give and justify opinions and take part in discussion about wider issues. Skills developed will include: transcribing, translating, initiating and developing conversations, expressing ideas clearly and creatively, writing prose and reading literary texts.

Special requirements

A small pocket sized French and Spanish dictionary should be purchased (from Amazon or any good bookstore)

Links to useful sites for KS3 students, parents and members of the public (vocabulary practice) (grammar practice) (vocabulary and grammar practice) / (online dictionaries)