Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Languages

French is taught from year 3 upwards, and year 8 pupils have the opportunity to learn German. 


We believe that the reasons for offering modern foreign languages are

  • To develop linguistic ability to ensure meaningful communication;
  • To instill basic skills to enable further linguistic exploration (for work, social and study purposes);
  • To encourage appreciation of the civilisation and culture where a particular language is used;
  • To foster a wider awareness of the nature and use of language;
  • To encourage a feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment;
  • To encourage a positive attitude to foreign language speakers and their civilisations and cultures, thereby to develop an understanding of one`s own culture;
  • To develop learning skills generally (e.g. reasoning, accuracy of presentation, memorising).

Special provision is made for pupils who join the school late.


The subjects are taught by a language specialist and a native speaker. The school encourages and promotes exchange visits with young French school children, who are regularly invited to spend short periods of time at the school, staying with individual pupils’ families.  Pupils from Stoneygate are themselves then often invited to spend time in French families, in a reciprocal arrangement.


Pupils are given the opportunity to:

  • Speak in the target language in each lesson;
  • Combine different language skills;
  • Develop a spirit of imagination and creativity;
  • Use ICT and other resources. 


Latin is taught from Year 5 upwards, and pupils may take up the option or not, depending on their suitability and aptitude for the subject.


The aim is not only to study the language as a linguistic discipline, but also to gain access through the language to much literature and the culture that gave the language. Language and culture are, therefore, interlocked. The study of Latin also increases general linguistic awareness.


Pupils are given the opportunity to:

  • Study the language at an appropriate level;
  • Develop an awareness of how language works;
  • Gain knowledge of the civilisation which used the language.