There is a strong emphasis on the study of Modern Foreign Languages at Rookwood School. All pupils study both French and German at Key Stage 3 and at least one language at GCSE. Studying a foreign language adds an international dimension to a pupil’s education and enables them to develop knowledge and understanding of countries, cultures and communities where this language is spoken.


Curriculum at Key Stage 3

At Rookwood School languages are highly valued. All pupils study both French and German in Years 7,8 and 9 and are set according to ability from Year 8. We have an exciting and innovative curriculum which focuses on developing transferable skills, language awareness and pronunciation as well as language acquisition, but also with an emphasis on fun!  Due to our small class sizes all pupils are expected to contribute orally in every lesson and therefore make rapid progress and gain in confidence through a variety of motivational teaching methods and media.


Curriculum at Key Stage 4

All students study at least one language up to GCSE with a good number opting to do two. Students are equally assessed in all four skills; Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing through terminal examination. The GCSE French and German cover three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers. Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries and communities where French and German are spoken.



Exam structure: There are 2 tiers of assessment, Foundation and Higher. All examinations will take place at the end of Year 11. Candidates will be entered for each of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) which are weigted equally are awarded a grade from 1 to 9. 


The department has a native speaking Assistante who works with small groups of pupils on a weekly basis. We offer many opportunities for pupils to practise their language skills in locations such as Normandy, The Rhineland, Paris and Berlin.