Languages & Latin
With a number of different languages on offer in the curriculum and the possibility of more outside the curriculum, the Languages Specialism shared by William Perkin and Ada Lovelace is cutting edge in its teaching and learning approach. This outstanding provision is enhanced by a full and varied portfolio of extra-curricular visits and exchanges. We currently run a trip to Normandy for Year 8, a German exchange and trip to Madrid in Year 9 and exchanges to Spain and France and a trip to Berlin in Year 10. We aim for every child to have had the opportunity to go abroad at some point in their school career.
All Year 7 students at William Perkin study French four times a week and most also study Latin. In Year 8 some students will then become triple linguists, adding German or Spanish to their timetable.
In Year 7,students learn to introduce themselves, to talk about where they live, their school, their free time and holidays. They will learn to use different tenses and will develop their skills in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, as well as establishing a deeper understanding of grammatical patterns.
In Year 8, students begin to study units with a cultural focus including studying film, poetry and Francophone countries in French. They also learn to talk about new technologies, food and drink and the world of work.
At William Perkin, we aim for as many students as possible to study languages to GCSE. Language options at GCSE include French, Spanish, German and Latin with some students choosing to study multiple languages. At GCSE, students study their main language every day, following the AQA GCSE course (Eduqas for Latin) which involves the three broad topics of identity and culture, local and international areas of interest and future study and employment.
Students are assessed at quarterly points throughout the year and will have Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing exams every Quarter.
For Latin, students will receive one assessment per Quarter in comprehension and translation
Lesson Prep & Homework
William Perkin CofE High School encourages all students to take responsibility for their own progress. Students are expected to complete preparation tasks before each lesson which help consolidate learning and prepare for the next lesson. In addition to lesson preparation after every lesson, students will receive 1 assessed homework task per half-termly unit which will either be centred around the four key language skills or will be focussed on encouraging memorisation or grammatical understanding.
The Twyford Trust’s close links with partner schools in the target language countries ensure that there is a rich and varied range of extra-curricular opportunities available for students. Teachers are passionate about the target languages and cultures, and there is a range of regular extracurricular activities as well as the formalised visits and exchanges. Extended Electives in Languages include Foreign Language Media (Music, Poetry, Film, Literature, Art) and Wider Languages outside the curriculum where students discover new languages from Mandarin to Ancient Greek. . Students also have the opportunity to be one of the MFL reps who help to run whole-school language events or, in Year 10, to join the future linguist programme which helps build the CVs of gifted linguists.