The Modern Languages Department is well established and is characterised by its commitment, enthusiasm and willingness to Language Teaching and Learning. We believe that all students can benefit from the study of a foreign language and we are proud of the fact that we offer French and German to our students.
French is the core language for KS3 (Years 7 & 8). French will therefore be offered as a three-year GCSE course to current KS3 students, which will allow all students to maximise their full potential in light of changes to the languages GCSE courses. German will be offered initially from Year 9 for those interested in learning a new language from scratch, and the three year GCSE period will allow all content to one covered in a timely manner for the exams in Year 11.
At present there are two full-time teachers who are able to teach across the age, ability and examination range. The MFL department has a tradition of visits and exchanges abroad. We offer an annual trip to France for students in Year 8. We regularly embrace the opportunity to extend languages into the curriculum and run a whole school European Day of Languages every September. We continue to embrace developments within ICT and we have a class set of iPads which we use to enhance the teaching and learning in the department.
We believe that the support the students receive from home will help them to thrive in Languages. Parents/guardians can help their son/daughter with homework through support materials provided by the department such as vocabulary booklets, knowledge organisers, grammar and translation books and/or revision guides, as well as a variety of online resources.
Key stage 3 Curriculum overview
We follow the Studio and Stimmt courses with equal emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing. We are committed to providing students with effective feedback in lessons and in their exercise books where all four skills are assessed regularly. Students are allocated time in lessons and for homework to act upon feedback.
Great session today learning Parkour at @Barlby_High with @ParkourUK Mr Rampling is now skilled up to show rest of the department & lots of students will be soon having a half term of Parkour this year!! A really difficult and conditioned sport that we are keen to teach at Vale! pic.twitter.com/HZT3…
4-1 win for our year 7 football team this evening! The students played so well against Huntington! What a 8 weeks - settling in to a new school seems so long ago!! Well done fellas - very proud! pic.twitter.com/o3H4…
A brilliant football match to watch. Huge credit to the full yr7 team you guys are awesome & fantastic role models representing Vale of York. A well deserved victory beating Huntington 4-1 & a big shout out to Mr Rampling for great coaching! @ValeYorkAcademy@valeofyorkcomcopic.twitter.com/ekJd…