Welcome to Modern Languages
Please find our VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openings, Punctuation) Placemats below, as a handy reference guide:
French, German and Spanish are taught at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Latin is taught at KS4 and KS5. We are also able to support students who wish to gain qualifications in their home language, and in the past have enabled students to sit GCSEs in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish and Urdu. Our approach to language learning and teaching is communicative, and we strongly believe in the role of grammar in enabling students to communicate effectively.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 all pupils begin learning a modern language, initially with their form groups. The pupils are divided into two year groups. Pupils begin learning either French or German/Spanish depending on their year group (beginning subject changes in rotation every year). During Year 7 most pupils are offered a second language from French/German/Spanish which they start in Year 8 in addition to their first language. This structure continues until the end of Year 9. As an enrichment option, able, gifted and talented students are also offered a choice of taking a two year Latin GCSE in Years 9 and 10.
Key Stage 4
All students currently study at least one language to GCSE level. We offer GCSEs in French, German and Spanish. We use the Edexcel board for all Modern Foreign Language GCSEs and WJEC for Latin. Those students who have studied two languages at KS3 have the choice to continue with both languages at KS4.
Key Stage 5
Students can choose from AQA French, German, Latin and Spanish AS and A2 A levels. Each student has access to a French, German or Spanish native speaker (Languages Assistant) to help improve their spoken language skills. All students use AQA Kerboodle Online Independent Learning materials to support their home studies. A significant number of our students go on to study languages at university.
Other Reasons to Choose Modern Languages at All Saints:
Our comprehensive range of exchanges:
- KS3 exchange to Versailles, France
- KS3 exchange to Kiel, Germany
- KS4 exchange to San Sebastian, Spain
We run an accredited ‘Languages Leader’ course in the Sixth Form as an enrichment activity, where students work as mentors in KS3.
In 2011 we were the best performing school in the national ‘United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad’ competition.
In March 2015 two of our Y13 students won the North East Region debating finals in French, and went on to represent All Saints at the national finals in London.
Each language classroom is fully equipped with an interactive whiteboard. We are also proud to possess a state of the art Sanako digital languages laboratory, with bespoke dual use classroom.