Kirkham Grammar School

Independent Co-Educational Day and Boarding School

    Modern Languages

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    School Curriculum


    "Monolingualism can be cured."

    We aim here at Kirkham Grammar School to allow pupils to understand and communicate at an appropriate level in French, German and Spanish, countering the all-too popular notion that the British cannot speak other languages.  All pupils are also encouraged to gain an understanding of and an insight into contemporary France, Germany and Spain.

    Appropriate ICT tasks are offered at all levels on a weekly basis to reinforce and extend material taught.

    We offer modern language teaching which is both rigorous and enjoyable to foster good learning and encourage a European perspective.

    Lower School

    First Year:       French, German and Spanish

    Second Year:  French and one of either German or Spanish

    Third Year:      French and whichever of German or Spanish was chosen in the Second Year

    French and German – Topics covered are:


    Elements of grammar covered are:

    Present/imperfect/immediate future/perfect tense/adjectives/pronouns.

    Spanish – Topics and grammar will be interwoven throughout the year.  Topics covered are:

    Greetings/numbers/family/food and drink/descriptions/town/hobbies/school routine.

    Elements of grammar covered are:

    Asking questions/negatives/infinite verbs and instructions/stress and pronunciation/present tense/future tense/ser/estar/past tense/reflexive verbs.

    Middle School

    French, German and Spanish

    Board: AQA

    Topics covered are:

    Identity and culture/local, national, international and global areas of interest/current and future study and employment.

    All the Lower School grammar areas are revisited plus all remaining tenses and sections focusing, where appropriate, on the more complex grammatical concepts required for the highest grades at GCSE.

    Senior School

    French, German and Spanish

    Board: AQA

    Topics covered are:

    Social issues and trends/political and artistic culture/literary texts and films.

    All GCSE grammar sections are revisited plus passive, subjunctive and modality.


    Lower School European Trip (France, Germany or Spain).

    GCSE and Sixth Form visit to Nice and/or to Paris. 

    GCSE and Sixth Form visit to Spain.

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