Our world is continually shrinking and we all need to make our mark as global citizens. There are many opportunities afforded to us as European citizens in the world of business and social networking sites are increasingly helping us to maintain friendships all over the world in a less formal context. Therefore it is becoming more and more important to be able to interact with people from other cultures.
The language faculty is well-established at Hayfield and we are passionate about equipping your child with the necessary skills to function effectively and thrive within this multi-national world.
We deliver French and German as core languages and Spanish as an option subject.
The faculty also organises yearly trips to The Rhineland, Berlin and Düsseldorf in Germany and Normandy and Paris in France for certain year groups.
Ms H Reidy – Head of Faculty
Mrs S Witherden – Head of German
Mr G Taylor – Head of French
Mrs S Smith- Head OF Year 10
Mrs S Jones – Head of Year 12
Miss J Mrkogaća
Miss C Watson
Key Stage 3
Half of the year group studies French and the other half studies German. The majority of pupils will get a taster of Spanish and either French or German. They learn how to listen, speak, read and write in the foreign language through a variety of methods which suit learners of all abilities. We have subscribed to Vocab Express which can be used on mobiles, tablets or computers and will help students with their vocabulary learning. They should be using this for at least 10 minutes every day to get the best out of it.
Key Stage 4
A majority of students study at least one foreign language at KS4 – currently either French or German. They are able to choose a second foreign language, including Spanish, as an option subject. We use a dedicated AQA GCSE textbook as our base for each language as well as supplementing this book with our own material and material from a variety of websites. We have subscribed to Vocab Express which can be used on mobiles, tablets or computers and will help students with their vocabulary learning. They should be using this for at least 10 minutes every day to get the best out of it.
All students take the AQA GCSE, which is split into four skills.
Current Year 11
The listening and reading skills (worth 20% each) are examined at the end of Year 11 and students are entered for a paper depending on their aptitude and progress:
Foundation Paper (C – G Grade)
Higher Paper (A* – D)
The speaking and writing skills (worth 30% each) are tested through Controlled Assessments, which are taken over the course of the three years when the students are ready.
Current Year 9 / Year 10
The listening, reading, speaking and writing skills are all equally weighted (25% of each) and all skills are tested at the end of Year 11. Students will be entered for a paper depending on their aptitude and progress.
Foundation Paper (5-1)
Higher Paper (9-4)
Key Stage 5
AS and A2 courses in French, German and Spanish are currently offered and all students take the AQA examinations. The ‘A’ level course shows clear progression from GCSE and students will learn how to express and justify their opinions on a range of current topic areas. The course incorporates aspects of literature, culture and current affairs and students will build a greater understanding of grammar and structures and start to apply them in a relevant context.
The course is supported by on-line materials (kerboodle) which can be accessed by students at any time as well as on-going grammatical exercises, video material, films, internet and authentic documents during lesson time.