Modern Foreign Languages

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Learning a foreign language is a skill that is becoming increasingly important in the global village in which we live and it has been proved to help with the development of a variety of other key areas such as literacy, memory and self-confidence. 

We are proud to teach three languages at Portchester; French, German and Spanish.   In lessons, students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing whilst practising strategies to help them to become effective and independent language learners.  Students are encouraged to take an interest in different cultures and other countries through a variety of projects, ICT tasks and creative activities. 

Teaching Staff

Mrs L. Travers – Subject Leader for Languages and Teacher of German and English.

Miss A. Galan – Teacher of French and Spanish.

Ms N. Nesbitt – Teacher of Spanish. 

The team will also be joined by Gudrun, who will work as our German Language Assistant from October to May. She will work with all of our German learners in small groups to help develop their accent, fluency and cultural awareness. 

Additional curriculum opportunities in Modern Languages 2015-2017 

  • Students in all years have found out in assemblies about similarities and differences in lifestyle, festivals and traditions around the world.
  • Yr7 students have taken part in a mini-book week to celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26th September.
  • All Yr7 students visited our ‘Languages Market’ in May 2016 and 2017 to buy some authentic snacks with points they had earned in lessons.
  • Lunchtime Spanish club for KS3 students.
  • Yrs8-11 German had the opportunity to visit Cologne, Germany, in September 2015 for three days.
  • Yrs8-10 German has the opportunity to visit Cologne in December 2016 for three days.
  • Yrs8 and 9 French had the opportunity to visit Paris in October 2016 for four days.
  • Yr8 students attended the Global Campus event at Portsmouth University in to learn about and experience other cultures in May 2016.
  • Yr8 Spanish students worked on a project with a link school in Spain 2015-16.
  • Yr9 German students have been part of Portsmouth University’s Adopt-a-Student scheme 2015-16.
  • Yr9 French students have been involved in a pen-friend link with a school in Vannes, France, 2016-17.
  • Yr10 cross-curricular project (German and History) for Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2015 and 2016.
  • Yr10 French students worked with Yr6 students at a local primary School in the summer of 2016.
  • Year 10 French and German students hosted Dutch visitors from Steveensbeek, Holland in June 2016.
  • Lunchtime Latin for Yrs10 and 11 (able scientists) in the Spring term 2016.
  • Yr11 Revision Day at Portsmouth University, annually at the end of January.
  • Yr11 French visited Paris in October 2015 for three days.
  • Students have been entered for GCSEs in Polish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German and Spanish in summer 2017.
  • GCSE support sessions have run at lunchtimes for Yr11 French, German and Spanish students.
  • All learners of German worked with Carolin, our German Language Assistant 2015-16.
  • All students of Spanish worked with Guada, our Spanish Language Assistant 2016-17.

Key Stage 3 information – Yrs7-9

Currently, all students at Portchester School study one foreign language throughout Years 7, 8 and 9. A range of topics are covered over the three years, including personal introductions and description, free time and hobbies, home life, education, food and drink etc.  Students learn how to use grammar effectively to help them to communicate with increasing confidence and work more independently.  They also have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the target-language countries in lessons and via trips or other links. 

Key Stage 4 information – Yrs10+11

All students who opted to continue with French, German or Spanish in Key Stage 4 are working towards the new style of GCSE, which will be examined for the first time in summer 2018. All skills will be examined in the spring and summer of Yr11, with an equal 25% weighting across the fours skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

A range of different topics and grammar are taught from the three themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national and international areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Topics and themes are regularly re-visited and extended to enable students to prepare for the new style of terminal examinations. There is no coursework or controlled assessment for GCSE. 

The AQA (exam board) website has plenty of additional information for parents and students.

Programme of Study 2017-2018 - click on grid for larger view