Modern Foreign Languages

Who are we?

Head of Department – Miss N Managh

Teacher, Spanish – Miss N Managh, Mrs J Smith

Teachers, French – Mr N Collins

Teacher, Urdu – Mrs S Iqbal

Curriculum Intent

At NHTS we think and communicate as linguists.

We celebrate our students existing linguistic knowledge and cultural awareness. We show students how they can use languages both for travelling to different countries across the world and for future employment opportunities in this country and beyond.

Our curriculum is based upon the four key skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. We use our student’s knowledge of the English language or their own additional home language, and build upon this to introduce them to new challenges.

We build knowledge through a variety of engaging, enjoyable and diverse tasks, both in the classroom and at home. This knowledge can be recalled and applied across different topic areas. Students can demonstrate this knowledge in their class work and book work. We pay particular focus to grammar, vocabulary and phonics.

Curriculum Map

Spanish Curriculum Map

Click here to view the department curriculum map.

What do we do?

​In Years 7, 8 and 9 students study Spanish. In Years 10 and 11 students have the option of completing an AQA GCSE in either (or both) Spanish, French and/or Urdu.

We offer additional language GCSEs to students where possible, such as Arabic, Russian, Greek, Polish, Portuguese and Italian.

A day in the life…


​Students study a range of topics such as school, holidays, food, fashion and many others.  Students learn a range of vocabulary through interactive language games and challenges.  They practice speaking and writing skills through tasks such as creating scripts and acting out scenarios. As well as learning the language, students learn about life in Spanish and French speaking countries.

What career?

Universities strongly favour young people who have language qualifications as these show communication and linguistic skills.  Languages also open the door to working abroad full time or for a gap year. In the long term, languages can help to obtain jobs in teaching and education, translating and interpreting, global businesses, hospitality and tourism, media and publishing and many others.

Useful Links

Memrise App

The Memrise language-learning app is a powerful tool offering a library of immersive video content and a language chatbot, called MemBot!

AQA GCSE Spanish

Information, support and resourcesfor the AQA Spanish course specification



Lessons are planned to allow for consistent challenge to all learners.

Regular feedback is provided and students are asked to think about their work and make any necessary improvements.

We recall prior knowledge and build upon this to transition between topic areas.

Closing the Gaps

Students are provided with key vocabulary booklets for each year group.

KS4 students can purchase a revision guide and a work book at a discounted price.

KS4 students are provided with targeted intervention and revision sessions throughout the year.


Students are rewarded with messages and post cards to share with their families.

We regularly work with other schools from across the world to forge lasting relationships.