World Languages

Students at Thorns learn French or German in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9), language is learned under the umbrella of a total of 18 topics such as “Introducing Myself”, “Sports and Hobbies”, “Food and Drink” and “Holidays”. We aim to use a full range of activities in order to ensure that teaching is effective and language learning is fun.

At Key Stage 4, language continues to be taught in similar topics but in greater depth, with the aim of every student achieving their full potential at GCSE level, whilst at the same time developing their enthusiasm for languages and a full range of language skills.

The Thorns Languages Department has a long history of success and we believe that this is due to our enthusiasm about language learning and a well-developed collaborative approach to teaching and learning. We aim to make language learning enjoyable and rewarding – we have found that this approach brings positive results at all levels. We also aim to ensure that the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are covered with equal emphasis.

Linking the curriculum to a career

  • Year 7

    Students learn how to:

    • greet each other and introduce themselves
    • describe their family
    • talk about hobbies and sports
    • describe where they live
    • talk about their school
  • Year 8

    Students learn how to:

    • speak and write in the past tense
    • describe their home and local area
    • discuss media and their environment
    • talk about their daily routine
    • explore healthy eating
    • give simple opinions and also give reasons for their opinions
  • Year 9

    Students learn how to:

    • speak and write about a past and future holiday
    • discuss family and relationships
    • talk and write about future plans
    • describe modern technology
    • discuss fashion and clothing
  • Year 10 and 11

    At GCSE, across the two years of study students learn three themes: Identity and culture, local, national and global areas of interest, and current and future study and employment. Each theme is then divided into 4 topics, making a total of 12 during the two year course. The final exams at the end of year 11 are divided up into the four language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.