Devon Hospitals Short Stay School



We can support learning at KS2, KS3 and KS4 and up to GCSE in French and Spanish.  Learning is personalised to suit need and the requirements of the National Curriculum, and a range of other languages can be supported using a variety of resources from textbooks, games and online tools. 


The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


The aims of our curriculum are to support the requirements of the National Curriculum by enabling pupils to communicate in spoken and written form in the target language. We also aim to encourage an appreciation of the culture of the countries where the target language is spoken including the art, food, geography, and literature.


In school we use a variety of materials to support learning and adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of individual pupils.

When a pupil is studying for GCSE, we will liaise closely with the pupil’s own school to allow continuity of learning.


Pupils at KS3 have an appreciation of the culture of the country where the language is spoken, which could involve: food tasting, painting in the style of an artist, exploring the physical and human geography of a country using maps, atlases and the internet, watching short films and listening to stories in the target language, listening to and singing songs. In addition, they will speak, read, write and listen in the target language and cover a variety of topics including Me and My Family, School, Holidays and Where I Live.