The Kingsley School

Experts in providing a continuous education for girls from the ages of 3 to 18. Boys welcome in Prep from 3 to 7 years old.

Experts in providing a continuous education for girls from the ages of 3 to 18. Boys welcome in Prep from 3 to 11 years old.

Modern Foreign Languages

modern foreign languages

Head of Department

Mr I Stickels

Modern Foreign Languages

French and Spanish are both taught from Year 7 to Year 9.  Pupils then choose at least one language to study to GCSE. We may be able to offer either language as a core subject if there is sufficient demand. Languages are taught in mixed ability sets in all years up to GCSE. Groups are then split according to ability where there is more than one class. Languages are increasingly popular with students at all levels of ability and the department has produced some very impressive results in recent public examinations.

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

Pupils cover the topics of personal introductions, home life, school life, free time activities, food and shopping. A variety of texts and ICT equipment are used and lessons include a mixture of whole class teaching, group work and independent learning. We build on all four language skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing. There is always a busy working atmosphere with a range of activities, supporting the learning requirements of each pupil. Pupils are encouraged to participate actively in lessons by responding using verbal and non-verbal methods, explaining and justifying their answers.

Key Stage 4: GCSE

Students are prepared for the GCSE AQA Syllabus. Most students are entered for the Higher Tier syllabus, although decisions about level of entry are not finalised until January of Year 11, whilst in exceptional circumstances, the short course GCSE is an option. Pupils currently complete controlled assessment tasks for speaking and writing, whilst reading and listening are tested in a final paper.

Key Stage 5: A Level

Students are prepared for the AQA units. At AS level, Students cover the topics of Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living and Family and Personal Relationships. At A2 level they cover the topics of Environment, Social Issues, Multicultural Society and two cultural topics.

Extra-curricular Activities

Students have the opportunity to travel to France for a cultural tour of Paris and to attend topic days for the A level course. We are currently investigating further residential trips and travelling theatre groups.