Mrs J Johnston (Head of Department)
Mrs N Campbell
Mrs S Somers
*****Congratulations to our GCSE French students achieving 92% A*-C in GCSE French in 2016 exams*****
The Modern Languages staff place the learning of foreign languages in a fun and engaging manner at the heart of the Department’s work. The Department offers a range of learning opportunities for pupils in Years 8-10, at Key Stage 4 and also Key Stage 5.
The current Year 8 students are learning Spanish. The topics of Bienvenidos! and Tu y yo teach the pupils the importance of learning everyday vocabulary, developing the four skill areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Students also complete a collaborative cross-curricular project, ‘All About Me’.
In Year 9 pupils are studying French where learning is set in the context of the pupils’ own environment. The topics, ‘Chez moi’, ‘on va en ville’ and ‘ma journee encourage pupils to learning the French vocabulary related to their own lives and to develop a wider range of language structures so that they can build extended sentences.
The Year 10 pupils in September 2016 are continuing with their study of French. The topics ‘Bien dans sa peau’, ‘A l’horizon’, and ‘special vacances’ focus on their lifestyles, healthy living, their future plans, careers and holidays.
At Key Stage 4 students are offered either GCSE French or Spanish depending on the language they students at Key Stage 3. Both courses are based on a 60% controlled assessment and a 40% exam and follow AQA/CCEA examination boards.
At Key Stage 5 students are offered CCEA AS and A2 French or Spanish depending on the language previously studied. These qualifications are entirely exam based and, at AS Level, are designed to give pupils a wider knowledge of the language studied by looking at themes such as ‘Relationships’ and ‘Culture and Lifestyle’. At A2 level, students will study a more advanced programme and focus on the topics of ‘Young People in Society’ and ‘Our place in a changing world’.
The Modern Languages Department encourages the use of the school’s Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle), www.virtualgms.org, and has created a user-friendly course featuring audio content to support the learning and pronunciation of key vocabulary as well as examination technique information and revision guidelines for GCSE languages.