Modern Languages

Head of Teaching & Learning: Miss E Tizard
Mrs S York – 2i/c Modern Languages
Miss M Rea
Miss C Paul
Ms G Fabbri
Ms M Garces – Language Assistant (Spanish)
Mrs A Porter – Language Assistant (German)
Mrs S Galissian – Language Assistant (French)


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

Curriculum – Vibrant and popular

All students at Downlands have the opportunity to benefit greatly from learning modern languages. At the heart of the department is the vision to open doors for our students. Therefore there is a strong focus on the transferable skills involved in language learning, which will open doors to new experiences and cultures, as well as having a positive impact on student’s career prospects.

In our new curriculum model, in Year 7 all students experience a taster course in French, German and Spanish, where the emphasis is on skills and strategies for language learning. Students then focus on one of the three languages, to continue their studies through Year 8 and 9, with the majority of students currently continuing their language studies at GCSE in Year 10 and 11. We are proud that, year on year, over 75% of students continue with Modern Languages!

Downlands aims to make language learning both accessible and fun, whilst maintaining high standards. The focus is on communication and key structures, with the four main skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing being honed in each year group.  

Extra Curricular provision

Trips: A large number of pupils take the opportunity each year to go on residential study visits abroad including regular study visits to Berlin, Barcelona and Le Touquet. We also have strong links with our partner school in Montmirail in the Champagne region of France and look forward to extending our links with our partner schools in Wald-Michelbach.

When possible, we also run popular cinema and theatre trips, to experience languages in a cultural setting.

Clubs: We currently run successful language and culture clubs in both Key Stage 3 and 4. Each year we receive a large number of applications from students in Year 10 to become Language Leaders. Language Leaders undertake work with our feeder schools to promote learning languages; indeed we are very proud of these great links with our local primary schools. Last year the entire cohort achieved their award once again.

There are also frequent in school, national and international competitions for students to extend their linguistic and communication skills.

Awarding Body: AQA

AQA GCSE Spanish

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