Saturday 17 April 2021


Modern Foreign Languages courses at Thornhill Academy aim to equip students with the necessary practical communication skills required for work and leisure.  It also intended that the course provides students with the linguistic foundation for further study.  Studying a Modern Foreign Language provides a cultural awareness for students.

Learning a Modern Foreign Language will help to open the doors to more jobs due to the fact that the ability to speak and understand a foreign language remains a specialist skill.  Many UK exports go to Europe despite the fact that many companies still lack the specialist staff to conduct business in a foreign language.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 French is taught as a specialist subject and follows the National Curriculum.  Students are offered the opportunity to learn, improve and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding to make progress in this subject.

In year 7 students acquire the basic understanding of the linguistic structures and patterns whilst learning how to describe themselves, talk about their families and interests as well as discovering more about the diverse French culture and traditions.

In year 8 students build upon their knowledge and learn how to describe holidays using different tenses, talk about festival and celebrations as well as developing more understanding of leisure time activities.

In year 9 students work to develop and understand more complex grammar structures including continued use of three tenses. They use these skills to discuss healthy living and illness, sport and fitness and family relationships. Some students begin to study Bengali in Year 9

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to study French as one of their pathways and so they embark on a two year GCSE course. The department currently follows the AQA GCSE course which assesses the 4 language skills.

Students build upon their KS3 knowledge and begin to learn more about the language. Topics such as Home and local environment, Holidays, Social Awareness,  School and future plans and The Environment are studied. At the end of the course students will complete 4 examinations in listening speaking, reading and writing.

At KS4 some students are selected to study Bengali up to GCSE level.


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We have enjoyed our learning this year as we have been able to use the Interactive whiteboard.

We like using the whiteboard….

Year 7 pupil

As year 11 pupils who have studied French for 5 years, we feel that learning French has been very advantageous to us.  Our communication skills have improved greatly.  French is an asset in any career path not just teaching and translating as is widely considered.  French is a fun lesson and it has helped us to learn to respect other cultures.

Year 11 pupil