Diary Date : Monday 13th February – Between 6pm and 7pm we will be hosting Rochdale MIND and Healthy Young Minds (CAMHS) to give a brief presentation about emotional well-being and mental health in youngsters. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Parents and carers from all year groups are most welcome.
Diary Date : Monday 13th February – Deeper Learning Day 7
Diary Date : Thursday 16th February – Year 10 Consultation Evening – 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
Diary Date : Friday 17th February – School closes for the half-term break, opening again on Monday 27th February.
Diary Date : Saturday 18th February – Trip leaves for Iceland.
Diary Date : Tuesday 28th February – Year 9 Individual photos taken.

Languages

Staffing
Mrs C Rogers (Head of Department), Mrs H Brownhill, Mr T Mulhearn, Miss L Gibirdi and Miss Thomas-Wilson. We also have a French language assistant, M. R Tisserand.

Departmental Aims

At Bury CE High School, our aim is to encourage all pupils to strive for excellence in languages whilst at the same time instilling a passion for other cultures. French is a core subject in our school and German an optional second language at GCSE because we believe that all pupils should experience a global dimension to their learning, thus promoting differences and celebrating the diversity in our society, responding to the message of Christ to “love our neighbours as we love ourselves”.

We want to encourage a positive attitude to language learning through a breadth of activities, whether it be through engaging lessons, our Languages Club or our trips to France and partnership programme with Collège-Lycée Sainte Marie. ste marie2

We aim to:

  • develop the ability to understand and use foreign languages effectively for the purposes of practical communication.
  • develop the ability to use and to understand language both imaginatively.
  • develop an understanding of the grammar of French and German.
  • offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries and communities that speak French and German.
  • encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a positive approach to other cultures and civilisations.
  • develop pupils’ understanding of themselves and their own culture.
  • provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
  • form a sound base of skills, language and attitude required for further study, work and leisure.
  • promote skills, which have a wider application such as information technology, and learning skills (eg analysis, memorising, drawing inference).

Key Stage 3

Year 7 have 4 hours of French per fortnight and 2 hours of German per fortnight.

Year 8 also have 4 hours of French per fortnight and 2 hours of German per fortnight.

At the end of Year 8, pupils can choose to study German as an option from Year 9.

In Year 7 French, we study:

  • pronunciation
  • why we study languages
  • basic introductions and greetings
  • personal information using the verb ‘to be’
  • families
  • activities and verbs
  • school
  • home life
  • towns and directions
  • holiday plans and the future tense

In Year 8 French we have 2 hours per week. We study:

  • pronunciation
  • infinitives
  • routine
  • the past (perfect) tense
  • jobs
  • fashion and shopping

In Year 8 German we have 3 hours per fortnight and we study:

  • pronunciation
  • why we study German
  • basic introductions and greetings
  • personal information using the verb ‘to be’
  • families
  • activities and verbs
  • school
  • home life

In Year 9 German we have 2 hours per week.  We study:

  • towns
  • holidays and the future tense
  • the past tense
  • media
  • healthy lifestyle
  • daily routine

We begin the GCSE French course in year 9, taking 3 years to complete it by building grammar practise and comprehension.

Key Stage 4

In year 9, all pupils study French for 4 hours per fortnight.

If they have chosen German as an option, they also have 4 hours per fortnight.

Years 10 and 11 have 4 hours of French per fortnight.

Our exam board is Edexcel (follow this link to find out about the current Year 10 specification, and this link for the new GCSE being examined in 2018).

As you may be aware, many of the GCSE syllabuses are changing but the examination is still split into the four skills:

Speaking

Writing

Reading

Listening

The GCSE is designed to:

  • equip pupils with skills for working in the European and global economy
  • language skills
  • communication skills
  • perseverance and commitment
  • knowledge and understanding of other cultures

Y11 Intervention Sessions

Intervention sessions take place every Wednesday lunch from 12.45pm to 1.15pm and every Thursday after school from 3-35pm to 4.15pm.

In these sessions, we go over exam questions and techniques for listening and reading questions.

Extra Curricular Activities

We have a weekly Languages Club for Key Stage 3 (where we do French and we have also started Italian!)  We have food tastings, watch films, do drama, art and songs.

We have a French exchange established with Collège Sainte-Marie in Riom, France, and also welcome older pupils from the school as part of an immersion programme. ste marie

We also have close links with Holy Cross Sixth Form College, and sometimes have their A level pupils visit us to help with speaking practice.

We have a trip to Berlin with the History Department for Year 11 pupils.

Future Developments

We are very keen to extend our partnership with our French partner school. As part of this, we are going to set up a regular Skype programme so that our pupils can communicate with their French counterparts on a regular basis.

As part of the International School Award scheme, we are hoping to further develop cross-curricular links with other subjects in school. We would also like to take our subject into local primary schools and establish long-lasting links based on a common love of languages.

Results

In 2015, they were as follows:

French: 53.4% A*-C (national average 69.8%), with 18.9% A*-C (national average 23.4%)

German: 57.1% A*-C (national average 74.6%), with 21.4% A-A*(national average 23.3%)