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Modern Languages


Ms N McIntyre (Head of Department)

Mr M Rosato


Mission statement

It is our intention to provide pupils with the opportunity to  learn at least one Modern Language and to explore the  cultures of the target language countries.  Pupils will be  encouraged to use the language in everyday life with the  emphasis on communication.  We aim to make language  learning real, fun and accessible for all students. 


Key Stage 3 Outline

All pupils will study Spanish during Year 8, 9 and 10.  This reflects the increasing importance of Spanish as one of the world’s most widely spoken languages.  During this time they will study the following topics:

Year 8 – Greetings, Myself, Numbers 1-31, Colours, Pets, Alphabet, Dates, Birthdays and The Classroom.

Year 9 – Countries, Family, Descriptions, School, Snacks & Drinks, Numbers 1-100 and Time.

Year 10 – My House, Daily Routine, My Town and Area, Weather, Leisure and Holidays.


GCSE Course Outline

At the end of Year 10 pupils can continue to do Spanish to GCSE Level.  You will build on the language learnt in Years 8, 9 and 10, for example, you will learn to understand and say more about yourself, your daily life, your school, where you live and your hobbies. Your GCSE course will provide you with a firm basis for further study of Spanish and will open up a wide range of opportunities both at home and abroad.

The CEA specification will be followed and the topics covered include:

Family & Friends, Home & Local Area, Leisure, Technology, Environment, Travel & Tourism, Festivals, School and Future Plans.  The qualification is linear which means pupils will sit exams in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing at the end of the course.


Careers in Modern Languages

Career openings for those people who speak a language are vast.  In particular there are a great many openings in Education and in Translation.  Given the wide range of opportunities available to young adults at home, in Europe and beyond, competency in a language would be of benefit to most pupils regardless of their chosen career.  Potential career paths include: Translating and Interpreting, Travel; Tourism; European Affairs; Marketing; Law and Business. 

‘One language sets you in a corridor for life.  Two languages open every door along the way.’

Frank Smith 


Inspiring Linguists

Audrey Heburn (Actress) - Shakira (Singer) - Arsene Wenger (Football Manager) - JK Rowling (Author) - Novak Djokovic (Tennis Player) - Lucy Liu (Actress) - Natalie Portman (Actress) - Roy Hodgson (Football Manager) - Penelope Cruz (Actress) - Viggo Mortensen (Actor)

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

— Nelson Mandela



GCSE Spanish Support Club

Educational Visit to Barcelona (Biennial)


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