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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Languages

Staff  Designation
Mr D Gray Curriculum Leader
Miss L Allen Assistant Curriculum Leader
Miss A McClelland Pupil Progress Leader - Year 8 & Teacher of Languages
Mrs L Whalley Teacher of Languages
Mrs K Humphreys Teacher of Languages

 

French

French is the most commonly-taught second language in the world and with France being our closest European neighbour it makes sense to study it at secondary school. French is a Latin-based language which shares many cognates with English, although there may be some differences in pronunciation.

French is a beautiful, romantic language which is not just spoken as a first language in France but in many other countries around the world, such as; Canada, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Haiti, Belgium and Switzerland to name but a few.

All pupils arrive at Fisher More from the feeder primaries with different experiences of language learning so we try to make their transition as smooth and stress free as possible by focusing on active learning. We get them talking, singing and expressing their ideas and opinions. They are encouraged to engage in enjoyable activities in a friendly team-focused environment.

At Key Stage 3 pupils are taught a variety of core vocabulary, giving them the ability to very quickly construct phrases and sentences to express feelings and give descriptions. Much of the language learnt in the early stages of Year 7 is transferrable to the topics they will study through to Year 9. At Key Stage 4 classes build on the huge bank of vocabulary and grammar knowledge gleaned in lower school and extend it to prepare them to undertake confidently the requirements of the French GCSE.

Spanish

There are approximately 407 million native Spanish speakers, making it the second most spoken language in the world. It is widely spoken across Latin America as well as parts of Africa. There are also 60 million speakers who use it as a second language and 20 million students who study it as a foreign language. Spanish is also assuming greater importance on the world stage making it the ideal choice to teach alongside French here at Fisher More.

Our students enjoy learning this fun and charismatic language. Like French it is a Latin-based language which shares thousands of cognates with English, and being a phonetic language the pronunciation is consistent and predictable. Besides learning the language, we study the culture and traditions of Spain, which gives us a window onto a wider world and an appreciation of the history and customs of other societies.

At Key Stage 3 pupils study a wide range of topics to build up their vocabulary. They practise using this language across the four skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. At Key Stage 4 classes build on the language they have learned in lower school and extend it to prepare them to undertake confidently the requirements of the Spanish GCSE.

Key Stage 3 POS - French

Key Stage 3 POS - Spannish