Modern Foreign Languages

frenchThe Modern Foreign Languages Department aims to complement the whole school learning environment by encouraging all pupils to develop language and communication skills and an awareness of and interest in other cultures, so that they may strive to achieve their full God-given potential, at school and in their future lives and careers.

We aim to ensure that all our pupils and students:

  • Develop the ability to use language skills effectively for both social and academic purposes.
  • Develop positive attitudes towards language learning through appropriate and varied teaching styles.
  • Gain an insight into French and German speaking countries, their cultures and traditions to enhance their language learning and promote awareness and understanding.
  • Have access to a structured language learning framework to facilitate continuity and progression.
  • Have the opportunities to experience a wide variety of assessment procedures so that progress can be effectively established and understood by pupils, parents and teachers.
  • Have opportunities to develop other generic skills such as analysis, social skills, memorising and research, through a varied programme of homework and classwork.
  • Create for themselves a firm foundation in all language skills to facilitate independent learning for the future.
  • Benefit socially and academically through enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
  • Receive opportunities to actively use and appreciate their language knowledge outside of the classroom environment.
  • Establish the foundation to specialise in their chosen languages should they wish to continue their studies at a higher level.
  • Receive a structured, stimulating and enjoyable grounding in a foreign language during KS2 at our main feeder primary schools.

    Our objectives are:

  • To provide a range of teaching styles to meet the needs of all pupils.
  • To provide appropriate and meaningful modules of work to meet the interests of all pupils.
  • To create assessment opportunities based on criteria made available to and understood by pupils so that progress can be monitored and measured and targets for further improvement can be established.
  • To motivate all pupils through rewards and appropriate praise.
  • To keep accurate and up to date records of marks, assessments and test scores so that information is readily available and progress can be monitored.
  • To conduct lessons in the Target Language as far as possible, taking the needs and abilities of the pupils and students and the nature of the work into consideration.
  • To check, mark or comment on all work in line with the School’s assessment and marking policy.

To develop a consistent Christian caring approach to teaching and learning with regard to:

  • Classroom behaviour
  • Standards of work
  • Relationships
  • Teaching areas and the classroom environment