Languages at Longsands

Modern Languages ( French/German/Spanish)


Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry or savour their songs – Nelson Mandela


In the MFL department at Longsands we are committed to ensuring our students gain an appreciation of other cultures and to improving their linguistic competence through fostering an enthusiasm for language learning. The world has become a much smaller place, thanks to technology and ease of travel.  Therefore, in an increasingly competitive workplace, it is crucial that our students learn other languages. Studies show that learning another language also helps us to understand English better and be a more effective communicator.


Languages are taught across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 and the programmes of study aim to build confidence across a range of topics which are introduced then revisited in more depth across Key Stage 3 and 4. At Key Stage 5 students explore French literature and current affairs in more depth. We use a range of teaching methods which all have the common aim of enabling our students to become competent at communicating in another language. We expect students to be well behaved and to be proactive in their learning.

Key Stage 3

At Longsands, students study either French or German in Year 7 and 8 for 3 lessons a week. In Year 9, those students who show an aptitude for language learning have the opportunity to take a second language, currently Spanish or Latin. These students will have 2 lessons a week of French or German and 1 lesson a week of their second language. The second language they take will depend on the School they are in.

The Key stage 3 programme of study builds knowledge of vocabulary and grammar over a range of topics with the aim of developing independence when learning a language. Progress in all four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) is regularly reviewed.

Key Stage 4

Student can opt to take one or two languages at GCSE. Languages are a popular GCSE choice at Longsands. The Key Stage 4 curriculum builds on the foundations laid in Key Stage 3 by revisiting many of the topics covered and exploring them in more detail. The new GCSE tests the skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking as well as placing greater emphasis on the study of authentic texts and on developing the practical skill of translation.

Topic areas at GCSE

  • Identity and culture
  • Local area, holiday and travel
  • School life
  • Future plans, study and work
  • International themes


Key Stage 5


The new A level course is attracting the interest of more students at Longsands .It places greater emphasis on the study of literature and film in the chosen language which we feel will give students a more rounded insight into the culture and heritage of the language they choose to study.


Topic areas at A level

  • 1. Social issues and trends
  • 2. Political and artistic culture
  • 3. Grammar
  • 4. Works: Literary texts and films ( there will be a list of set works to choose from)



At Key stage 3 the following textbooks are used:


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Studio 1

Studio 2

Studio 3


Echo 1

Echo 2

Echo 3


At Key stage 4 the following textbooks are used:










At Key stage 5 the following textbooks are used:




Elan AQA