At St Sampson’s High School, we believe that studying Modern Languages opens many doors to pupils. It is a skill which is highly valued by employers but also improves literacy, cultural knowledge and grammatical awareness. All pupils study both French and German in Year 7 before electing which language to study through the remainder of Key Stage 3. Modern Foreign Languages are optional at GCSE but there is usually a popular uptake.

In addition to our teaching staff, we have a wonderful French Language Assistant, so pupils can experience speaking one to one or in small groups outside of the classroom. Lessons often include a cultural element, informing pupils about the lifestyle in French and German-speaking countries. We aim to make lessons as interactive as possible and focus on key topics that are relevant to young people.  Pupils also get the chance to watch foreign films and television clips in lessons, as well as using their iPads to help them to learn. Pupils are assessed each term in Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening skills.

The department works hard to promote the importance of languages across the school.  For example, pupils take part in activities and competitions for European Day of Languages and cross-curricular events.


At KS3 pupils will learn to master using different tenses across these topics:

  • Talking about yourself and your family
  • Where you live
  • Going on holiday
  • Talking about school life
  • Food and drink
  • Health
  • Hobbies and Sports


The three main themes studied at GCSE are

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

More information about the GCSE syllabus can be found on the AQA Website.

Useful websites and apps

If you spend a little time practising your languages at home every day, you will see the changes to your grades!

Helps you revise sets of vocabulary, and then play games with them! (Search for jonesmfl and Mrs_Foale to find the teachers’ sets)

A fantastic app which allows you to practise the basics and get your head around grammar. Be warned- it’s extremely addictive! Get your friends to download it and you can compete against them.

Practise topics and grammar online. Get instant feedback with the self-marking activities! and

Make your own French and German quizzes and test your friends.