James Alcock (Assistant Principal) and Louise Beards (Wesleyan) participated in a question and answer session at the Skills Show (NEC) to share information about employer engagement, particularly #lookatourbook @WesleyanCR

Year 10s: foreign languages in the secret world of spies

This week, Year 10 students were whisked off to a secret location where they came face to face with real life spies. After a briefing from the MI5 team, students were instructed to gather information on a drug cartel through a series of exciting tasks. Each task was designed to stretch not only their team working, but also their linguistic abilities to their very limit.

Throughout the day students were given additional input from the spy team such as tasters of different languages like Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic, as well as an introduction into coding. Miss Farrant, a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages at Four Dwellings School said, “It was brilliant to see my students enjoying using languages to such an extent. It also allowed them to see a language qualification can be a really powerful asset and also what exciting opportunities the qualification can lead to. I have found my students are now even more determined to succeed in languages and to use them in their future”.

In the final part of the day students were asked to give a presentation in French to showcase their findings from the day. The judges commented on both the students’ resourcefulness and their language skills during the presentation and also their positivity and team working skills throughout the entire day. Well done to everyone involved!