Welcome to the Languages Department


The Language Department is committed to ensuring all pupils in school have the opportunity to learn the language and culture of at least one European country.

Our aims include the following:
A modern foreign language offers opportunities for pupils to:

  • Become increasingly familiar with the sounds, written form and grammar of a language other than English
  • Use their knowledge with growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and writing
  • Develop language skills and language-learning skills, including applying their knowledge of grammar and structures, so that they become increasingly independent learners and users of the foreign language
  • Use the foreign language as the principal means of communication within the classroom and beyond it where opportunities exist
  • Increase their cultural awareness by learning about countries where the language is spoken and their peoples, and by working with materials from those countries
  • Gain sufficient expertise to succeed at GCSE according to their individual ability

Barcelona Trip 2016


The Barcelona trip was one of the most amazing experiences. We visited some remarkable places, learnt about Spanish culture and also had so much fun!

On the first day we landed around 10 am and got on a coach that took us to our lovely hostel. The journey was beautiful as we passed through the pretty city, looking out of the coach window to see the remarkable buildings. When we arrived at the hostel we dropped our bags off and headed out on a 2 hour guided-walking tour around Barcelona. To get there we went on the metro. The city was so fascinating and we were allowed to go to the Spanish market that was full of bright colours and delicious smells. Later we visited the Picasso museum; the art work was unbelievable. To finish the first day we headed back to our hostel where we ate some tasty food.Photo1

The second day, we got on a bus to Parc Güell. The mosaic sculptures, buildings and seating areas were bright and colourful. The views looked gorgeous in the hot Spanish sun and we explored the park for the majority of the day. Later on we got dressed up and went to the Hard Rock Café where the food was so delicious.

Read more: Barcelona Trip 2016

Primary Afternoon 2015

In June, we invited year 6 pupils from Moorlands, Lindley, Reinwood and Spring Grove to spend the afternoon in our Modern Foreign Languages department. It was a good opportunity for pupils to get stuck into some language and cultural activities, whilst also being a good opportunity for more apprehensive pupils to come and visit our school on an extra occasion, prior to coming up to join us in September.

On arrival at SNHS, we mixed the children into 3 groups. They then spent their afternoon moving between 3 different sessions; French, Spanish and Japanese. Year 8 pupils accompanied each group around and most of the sessions were led by year 9 helpers, who did a great job presenting and engaging the younger children. We were proud of their confidence and with how well they represented our school.

In French, Y6 made use of our ICT facilities and their French language skills to create a poster in French about a celebrity of their choice In Spanish, they learned about the different places where Spanish is spoken and cut and glued to decorate a fan. In the Japanese session, which was new this year, they learned basic greetings, how to count to ten and made a booklet using special Japanese pens.

The afternoon whizzed by and everyone had lots of fun.

We had lots of positive feedback from the Y6s:

  • "I liked all the sessions because they were interesting and fun."
  • "I liked the Japanese game where we had to say the numbers and I got to use a special pen."
  • "I liked working on the computers in French and doing my own research."
  • "I really liked customising my fan with lots of different pictures of Spanish cultures."

We value our links with our Primary colleagues and our annual Primary Afternoon is a wonderful opportunity for us all to get together and have fun learning about different languages and cultures.


The European Day of Languages 2015


Students and staff had a fantastic day celebrating the European Day of Languages this year on Friday 25th September. There was array of fantastic activities on the day ranging from Inter-Form quizzes to Year 8 cross-curricular geography events in MFL lessons. In fact the whole staff were involved in supporting the day by wearing labels with foreign languages for students to spot and note down during the day. The Year 9s learned all about traditional French, Spanish & German dishes and they even followed an authentic recipe to bake for a celebratory lesson on the day itself. A highlight of the day was the fashion parade in Year 7 MFL lessons as students proudly showed off their European-themed hats that they had designed and created for the competition. Amongst the entries were an afternoon tea set, a gladiatorial arena, the Eiffel Tower , a Swiss cuckoo clock and Napoleon’s hat! All in all the day was a huge success with students and staff having a great time getting involved in the activities and thoroughly enjoying discovering new cultures!

Language Leaders

P1100117Last week 6 of our Year 9s took part in our annual Language Leaders Scheme. They were  chosen to represent the school and to pass on their enthusiasm and interest in languages to Primary school children at Spring grove School.
The sessions were good fun and both the secondary and primary pupils got a lot of learning and enjoyment from the event.

Read more: Language Leaders

French Trip 2014- Château d’Ebblinghem

ebblingham41 pupils from Y8 and Y7 had a great time in Saint Omer, in the North of France from Saturday 21st – Tuesday 24th June. 
They took part in a range of cultural activities.  These included visiting one of the oldest bakeries in France, La Boulangerie Escoeuilles, where they saw how traditional bread is made and they had a freshly baked pain au chocolat to eat. 

Read more: French Trip 2014- Château d’Ebblinghem

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