At KS3 Pupils are taught basic language structures, grammar and skills through a variety of topics, based on the content of the new Grades 9-1 GCSE. Resources are supplemented by various websites and a variety of other language materials developed by the department.
The units studied are as follows:
All groups study French in Year 7 over the six terms in 5 lessons per fortnight. Towards the end of Year 7 the more able students will have an opportunity to try Spanish. They will then be able to express a preference to continue with either French or Spanish in Year 8 and beyond. There is a Year 7 visit to France which takes place during activities week.
In Year 8 students continue with their chosen language over 5 lessons per fortnight, building on the grammar taught in Year 7.
In Year 9, students follow 6 lessons of their chosen language per fortnight where they develop their linguistic skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking, in preparation for GCSE. Year 9 students have the option to continue learning French or Spanish in KS4 to GCSE level, according to the language studied in KS3.