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.