Key Stage 3: Lower School

French, German and Spanish are taught at Key Stage 3. There are four forms at entry and two of these forms take French and two take German in Year 7. In Year 8 all forms continue with their first language and pick up a second language. Boys have more lessons in their second language throughout Year 8 and Year 9 so that by the end of Year 9 they are at the same level in their two chosen languages.

French, German and Spanish Courses

The course features a rigorous and comprehensive approach to grammar teaching as well as motivating and challenging topics and tasks, set in authentic contexts. Each language follows a textbook which provides a confidence boosting structure for the students, but teachers will always then supplement this with new and relevant material based on the students’ and teachers’ interests. 

In French we follow the Encore Tricolore textbooks, In German, we use the Na Klar! and Zickzack courses, and in Spanish Así.

From the start of Year 9, all linguists have the opportunity to practise their spoken language in small conversation classes with one of our three native-speaker assistants. 

A wide range of trips abroad, and to galleries, exhibitions, theatres and cinemas in London, adds greatly to the experience a modern languages student has at Sutton Grammar.

Evaluation is ongoing through a combination of self, peer and teacher led assessment, in line with the Assessment for Learning [AfL] strategy. Further evaluation may take place at the end of completed coursebook Units, every few weeks, often using self and peer assessment in class time and may be ‘open book’ or memory tests. There is an end of year internal examination in the Summer term. The end of year examination is currently linked to National Curriculum (NC) Levels of attainment, although this is under review subject to any changes to the National Curriculum.

[ A National Curriculum Assessment is carried out by teachers at the end of Year 9,
and Boys are expected to be working at National Curriculum Level 6.]