Key Stage 3
Years 7 & 8
All students begin Year 7 studying both French and German. In both French and German, students study a range of topics which develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the foreign language. The study of both languages follows the National Curriculum and each unit of work plans for progression of the skills. Students are helped to develop a range of techniques of learning and dictionary skills so that they can build up their own vocabulary as efficiently and as independently as possible. Students are taught in their form groups and work is differentiated so that all students are challenged to reach their potential.
Throughout each unit of work students are assessed in the productive and receptive skills in each language, as well as their skills in translation. At the end of each unit of work students are assessed in one productive and one receptive skill in each language. At the end of Year 8 students choose to specialise in one language, continue with both French and German, or take up Spanish.
Work continues as in the previous two years within the National Curriculum and, at the end of Year 9, students are able to opt for a language or languages at GCSE.
From Year 9, students also have the opportunity to become a Language Leader which involves teaching languages to younger learners and developing leadership, team work and communication skills.
Key Stage 4
Years 10 & 11
The study of a modern foreign language is not compulsory, but a large number of students in Key Stage 4 choose to study a language. Most students prepare for the Edexcel GCSE exam for French or German. Students are taught in mixed ability classes.
Trips and Visits
In year 8, students can take part in the Paris Trip to France or the Rhineland Trip to Germany. Both trips are very popular and greatly enjoyed by the students.
In year 10, students choosing a language at GCSE are able to take part in a study trip to France, Germany or Spain. These trips are also very popular and allow students to develop their language skills in a variety of ways.
Events and Clubs
In year 9, students can apply to be Language Leaders and gain a leadership qualification and new skills through working with local primary schools and running events at RPS.
There are lots of clubs and activities to take part in.
Each term, one MFL department runs a fun event which showcases an element of interesting culture. All students are invited to take part and learn something new through the experience.
Every year we celebrate European Day of Languages in September.