Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Leader:

  • Mrs R Large (German & French)

Department Staff:

  • Mrs L Roberts (French)

Mission Statement

The Modern Foreign Languages Department at St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School aims to ensure in every pupil the highest degree of confidence, fluency and enjoyment of foreign languages and cultures.

Pupils are encouraged to grow in their self-worth through the broadening of both interest and intellect, but more especially though the sense of achievement.

What we do

In Key Stage 3, pupils have four 60-minute lessons of either French or German per fortnight and are expected to complete homework once per week.  This can range from written work, display work, learning words and phrases, research, practice of language, use of ICT and the internet.

Pupils are given a host of websites to visit and we are particularly pleased to see pupils using linguascope for independent study.

Each classroom is equipped with 10 computers and a multi-media projector.  The German classroom is also home to an interactive whiteboard.

Pupils in Key Stage 4 also have the opportunity to subscribe to Schuss German language magazine or Bonjour French magazine which are published especially for learners of French and German as a foreign language.

We also visit Germany and France bi-annually; the most recent visit being a trip to Boppard in the Rhineland during July 2016.  A visit is planned to France during July 2017 for pupils studying French in years 8 and 9.

Pupils in Year 7 have the opportunity to take part in the Routes into Languages Cymru Spelling Bee Competition where pupils learn to say and spell words in French or German against the clock using the French or German alphabet.  Pupils from St. Joseph’s have been successful for the last 3 years in reaching the Welsh final, in particular Libby Sunderland who came 2nd overall in Wales in German in 2013 and Emma Hinde who came first overall in German in 2015.