Head of Department - Mrs McMinn
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Mr Bandy
Head of German
Mrs McMinn
Head of French

Modern Foreign Languages

The German/French department at The Cottesloe School seeks to provide all students with exciting language opportunities that build confidence, develop skills and promote academic excellence. Our curriculum reflects this ethos, providing experiences aimed at fully preparing pupils for life and further study of the respective countries by enabling them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

At KS3 our students enjoy developing their language skills with our enthusiastic teaching team, using the target language and interactive resources which capture their interest from the start. They get the opportunity to study a wide range of topics and vocabulary which will help them build a personal picture and talk about things that really interest them such as themselves, their family, their hobbies, their school life, their home environment and their holidays. In each unit students will engage in activities covering the four skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) as well as grammar, and this will allow them to cover the progress they need to cover, and beyond.

KS4 starts in Year 9 as our students complete their GCSE course in 3 years. The broad and balanced MFL curriculum builds on the KS3 topics and allows pupils to experience, practise and develop a wide range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding in the topics of:

  • Identity and Culture: Me, my family and friends, Technology in everyday life, Free time activities, Customs and festivals, in the target language speaking countries / communities.
  • Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest: Home, town, neighbourhood and region Social issues, Global issues, Travel and tourism.
  • Current, future study and employment: My studies, Life at school / college, Education Post 16, Career choices and ambitions

At KS5, during their linear two year course, students will further develop their understanding of themes relating to the society and culture of the countries where French/German is spoken, and their language skills, including grammar, giving them a knowledge and awareness of world issues that will help them become well rounded citizens. They will do so by using authentic spoken and written sources in the target language, literary texts and films. They will study Social issues and trends (The changing nature of the family, the cyber-society, the place of voluntary work, positive features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised, how criminals are treated)

They will also study: Political and Artistic Culture ( a culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music, cinema, teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, demonstrations, strikes, politics and immigration.)

Finally students will get the opportunity to develop their research skills via an individual research project on a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country where French/German is spoken.

French Duolingo

Students in all year groups have been using the Duolingo website and its app to improve their French. As have some members of staff and parents! It is wonderful to see how many students are enjoying using Duolingo and are competing for the top user place each month. We have monitored their progress and the French department would like to congratulate the following students for being the top three Duolingo users in their year group in December.


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Year 7

Harmony Hawes

Cerys Finnigan

Fin Simone

Year 8

Lottie Cable

Sofia Scordo

Jamie Hardings

Year 9

Hannah Turner

Jenni Dwyer

Sasha Braithwaite

Year 10

Amira Omega-Sheriff

Avril Chatora

Annie Taylor

Year 11

Harry Wooller

Josh Parker

Amy Webber

Year 13

Emily Foster

Izzy Dorrance

Federica Guccio

Congratulations to you all. Keep using Duolingo!
Mrs McMinn
Head of French