Our Modern Languages department promotes an appreciation and passion for language learning. Recognising the importance of understanding the history and traditions of other countries, children also learn about festivals, food & drink and customs as part of our curriculum.

We recognise the effectiveness of traditional methods of teaching, but are constantly experimenting with new strategies and resources to ensure that our children are engaged and excited by their lessons. Through learning another language, children’s literacy and communication skills are improved, and we encourage them to be independent and resilient when faced with new challenges.


In Years 4 and 5, pupils are taught in forms, being set by ability from Year 7 onwards. We use the target language as appropriate and employ a variety of teaching methods ranging from drama, ICT, interactive whiteboard, songs and games. There are regular unit tests and an annual exam in the Summer and Autumn terms for years 5 to 7. 

In Years 7 and 8, pupils also start to learn Spanish.

Other curriculum experiences include an annual French trip to Normandy for Year 7, une Journée Française link with a French school in Year 6.