Accommodation and Resources
The Modern Languages department is based in a contemporary building dedicated to language learning.
Each room has a computer-linked projector and interactive whiteboard. There is a tablet trolley for shared use within the department.
The department is well resourced with Expo textbooks for Key Stage 3 French, ¡Mira! for Key Stage 3 Spanish, Studio for Key Stage 4 French and ¡Viva! for GCSE Spanish.
We subscribe to www.linguascope.com and other language websites for class and individual use.
Extra-curricular Activity and Trips
In the Modern Languages Department, we realise that the best way to practise a language is to do so abroad. To this end, members of the department arrange and run up to four annual trips.
Year 7 Curriculum Enhancement Week trip to Normandy: We typically take around 40 pupils for four nights in July. We stay in hostel style accommodation in Normandy and go to Château de la Bourdonnière near Avranches, where pupils enjoy a number of activities e.g. rock climbing, archery, swimming, bread making and circus skills, with all instruction in French. The pupils have the opportunity to visit the well-known Mont Saint Michel, a beautiful island which counts among France's most stunning sights. The pupils also visit a supermarket and have a French themed fancy dress evening on the final night, as well as tasting some French delicacies! This trip will resume in 2023.
Year 10 / 12 / 13 Spanish exchange trip to Ciudad Real:The pupils will have the opportunity to take part in a Spanish exchange in the summer term, staying with host families. Trips include Toledo or Córdoba and traditional villages in La Mancha. The Spanish group will visit the Reepham area in the winter term. Please note that we only run this trip if we have sufficient numbers.
Year 10 / 12 / 13 French exchange trip: The pupils will have the opportunity to take part in a French Exchange in March or April, staying with host families. Activities include a visit of Villefranche de Rouergue and its market, a visit to the city of Toulouse, trips to the cinema, a laser game, an escape game and a supermarket. The French group will visit the Reepham area in January or February. Please note that we only run this trip if we have sufficient numbers.
Cine club: Two to three times a year we offer the Y12 and Y13 the opportunity to attend a screening of a French or Spanish language film at the UEA. The film usually covers a topic which is directly linked to the A level programme of study.
Languages club: We usually run a Languages club every Tuesday at lunch time for all years. This is the perfect club for students who fancy watching a French or Spanish TV series, playing a board game in a different language and working out the lyrics to a pop song or national anthem.