Cheney School

Cheney School


Head of MFL, EAL and Classics Faculty - Miss S Reynes -

Our international focus here at Cheney drives our aim to enable all students to study languages in order to broaden their knowledge and help them to communicate in our increasingly global neighbourhood.

We believe that it is important to enable students to have opportunities to use their language skills and learn more about the culture of the country through extra-curricular activities and trips.  These include:

  • French Exchange to Alençon  - Years 9 , 10 & 11
  • Trips to French restaurant in Oxford Year 10 & 11
  • Cinéclub on Fridays
  • German Exchange – Years 8, 9 & 10
  • German biscuit competition at Radley College – Year 9 & 10
  • Spanish trip to Tarragona – Years 9, 10 & 11
  • Spanish trip to Seville – Year 12 & 13
  • Trips to Spanish restaurant in Oxford Years 9, 10 & 11
  • Murder mystery at “Las Iguanas”  - Year 12

Key Stage Three

The following areas are studied during Key Stage Three:

Year 8  French

Students will learn more about family and where they live and then jobs and weather.

Topics covered include:  weekend activities, TV programmes, clothes,  shopping, making excuses,  food around the table and at the market, countries, languages, holidays, pocket money,  and technology.

Grammar:  present, perfect tense, future, modal verbs in the present, prepositions, connectives, question words, “il faut” + infinitive.

Year  8 German and Spanish

As beginners students will be learning about phonics and basic German/Spanish grammar which should give them confidence to approach the language.

Topics covered include: numbers 1– 100, days of the week, months, birthdays, family (description of hair, eyes), pets, colours, where people live (description of the house), time, towns, household chores, school life, free time activities and arranging to go out.

Grammar: present tense of regular verbs and “to have” and “to be”, some use of the accusative, use of prepositions and the dative case and plurals.

Year 8 Latin

Beginners Latin students will cover a range of different topics during their first year alongside the Cambridge Latin Course Book 1 to ensure that they have a good knowledge of key grammar as well as knowledge of Roman culture and society.

Topics covered include: houses; food; the role of slaves; the theatre in Roman life; mythology; the underworld and views of life after death; gladiator; public baths; education and Greek influence; history; and politics.

Grammar: present, perfect and imperfect verb tenses; six cases of nouns in three declensions; question words; adjectives; and prepositions.  For more information, visit the Classics page.

Year 9 Bridging French, German or Spanish

This one year course will prepare students for a language GCSE  by introducing some of the key GCSE topics: holidays, films, TV, personal relationships, school life, the world of work, future career plans, amongst others.

Students will receive regular feedback from their teacher on how to improve their skills. In addition, students will be assessed by frequent grammar, vocabulary, listening and reading tests.

Key Stage Four

The following courses are studied at Key Stage Four:

GCSE French, German, Spanish

A one year course for 10 hours a fortnight which can be completed in Year 10 or 11.  Students will learn how to describe what they think about a variety of topics: holidays, films, TV, personal relationships, school life, the environment, the world of work, future career plans, amongst others.  The course will be built on the knowledge and skills that they already have from their work in years 7, 8 and 9.

They will complete a series of writing and speaking tasks. The best two of each type will be submitted and will account for 60% of the final grade.  At the end of the year, they will be assessed by two final exams: one in listening and one in reading. These exams are each worth 20% of the final grade.

GCSE Latin

A two year course, timetabled after school on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Students will continue to study the Cambridge Latin Course, books 3 and 4, building on the previous knowledge and skills.  For more information, visit the Classics page.

Key Stage Five

The following course are studied at Key Stage Five:

AS & A2 French and Spanish

Topics covered:
At AS: aspects of contemporary society: media (TV, advertising, IT); popular culture (cinema, music, fashion); healthy living; family and relationships.

At A2: the environment; multiculturalism (immigration, integration, racism) and other contemporary social issues (wealth and poverty, law and order, scientific advances).

Students will be assessed on their skills at the end of each academic year.