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Modern Languages

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 & 9
Students in Year 7 will study French or German, following the Studio or Echo course respectively, and various interactive and ICT teaching resources. Year 8 students will have the opportunity to study a ‘taster’ period of German, French and Spanish.  In addition to this, they will also be able to learn a range of transferable study skills whilst on rotation which will help them improve their progress in whichever language they go on to study.
In Year 8, students, with the guidance of their MFL teachers, will be able to choose which single language they would prefer to study for during  the remainder of KS3.  This will provide them with a good foundation when they opt for a language at GCSE.
In Key Stage 3 equal emphasis will be given to the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The majority of the lessons will be in the target language and students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the country’s culture and people.
Those students studying German in Years 8 and 9 will be following the Echo Express course.  Those students studying Spanish in Years 8 and 9 will be following the Mira Express course.  All language learning has access to a variety of interactive and on-line resources.
Foreign Language Trips
There is a KS3 trip to France or Germany on offer to students, which takes place during the summer term.
Key Stage 4: Years 10 & 11
Students of all abilities, who opt to do a language in Year 10, will follow the AQA GCSE course in French, German or Spanish and are given opportunities to experience relevant foreign language situations.
This is a two-year course leading to GCSE certification at the end of Year 11 when candidates are tested in all skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing. All of these assessments take the form of external examinations.  As there has been a shift in the new GCSE to external examinations instead of coursework elements, even greater importance is placed on the completion of homework and revision tasks, in order to improve performance.
In Year 10 students complete a mock examination in order to help them prepare for the final GCSE examination in Year 11.
Foreign Language Trips
Year 10 German students have the opportunity to travel to Berlin as part of a cross-curricular project with History.
For more detailed curriculum information, please see the documents below.