The world seems to get smaller every day. At one time, due to cheap air travel, but now, technology makes other parts of the world accessible without leaving your home. The rise of social technology is expanding our world, both on a personal level and in business.
It is common to have video conferences over the internet with English and non- English-speaking colleagues around the world and through social networks, friendships are being expanded beyond land boundaries.
Languages are becoming ever more important in a global community. ‘Everyone speaks English,’ is an impression the English-speaking world seems to have. Perhaps this is true if you visit places that cater to English speakers. However if you stray from the tourist track, you will find a world where English is a minority language, and not everyone wants to speak it.
Cultural identity is not only important in the English-speaking world; it is important everywhere. Learning languages can be challenging but worthwhile. You will learn about cultural differences and similarities and most of all, through knowledge, you learn tolerance. Learning a language can open up a whole new world of friends, culture, and entertainment you might never have known existed.
Pupils are able to take exams in almost any language: Japanese, Polish, Russian, Urdu. Contact the Head of Languages for further information.
In Key Stage 4 pupils can visit Barcelona and biannually Paris, regardless of the language they study.
In Year 12, pupils have the opportunity to visit Berlin. We are constantly trying to find ways to get our students abroad and making the experience accessible for as many students as possible.
Pupils study either French or Spanish. A student whose native language is French or have lived in France will study Spanish and vice versa. In Year 7, pupils learn: family, pets, sports, town and a film project on Tin Tin.
In Year 8 pupils continue with their Year 7 language and cover: holidays, technology: music, internet and social media and a film project on Finding Nemo
Pupils are assessed on the following skills:
In Year 9 pupils cover: introduction to GCSE (2 terms), family, health.
In Year 10 pupils cover: sports, technology, festivals, environment, town and area
In Year 11 pupils cover: holidays, poverty, homelessness, equality, school and future plans.
Pupils are assessed regularly on their work in all skills and are given time to improve their language. There is a greater focus on grammar and pupils have to be able to write and speak independently. In year 11 pupils are entered for either Foundation or Higher.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.