Modern Foreign Languages

Knowledge of more than one language is expected by many multi-national employers in the 21st century job market and it opens so many doors to young people in terms of travel and leisure too. Lessons in our department will prepare students for life in modern society. A good education will always include learning new languages and an appreciation of different cultures. We offer a number of opportunities for our students to immerse themselves in the language being studied, through activities here as well as travelling abroad.

All language learning focuses on the four skills of:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

We also work closely with our feeder primary schools to develop language learning from an early age. 

KS3 Curriculum

In year 7 and 8 students will spend time developing important skills for language learning, as well as on learning German or French lessons. Students study either German or French in Year 7 to Year 9 and have the opportunity to travel to Normandy or the Rhine Valley depending on what subject they are studying. 

They will cover a range of topic areas: People and Pets, Food and Drink, School, Free Time, Daily Life, Life at Home, My Town and Holidays. The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be developed over the nine units and there will be progression in knowledge about language throughout the scheme of work. 

During Year 9, students will study the culture and history of Paris and Berlin. 

GCSE Study

The majority of Amery Hill students will pursue a foreign language at GCSE level. Major changes to the examination layout will be reflected in the way languages are taught. Currently we offer German, French and Spanish. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed throughout a range of topics: identity and culture, future aspirations, study and work, international and global themes.

We also encourage the learning of a second language through extra-curricular activities. Currently we offer French, German and Spanish for our Year 8 and 9 students which could then lead to studying the language at GCSE.