In Year 7 students have the option of taking Russian as their second language. They begin by learning the Cyrillic alphabet, which, despite being visually quite different to the Latin script, is very easy to pronounce once you have learnt it. At the beginning of the course a significant amount of time is spent ensuring that students are confident both writing the cursive script and reading the printed script. Whilst developing their reading and writing skills students deal with new topics orally.
By the end of KS3 students are able to introduce themselves and their family, including giving their ages. They can also talk about their pets and where they live. They can discuss their eating habits and can go shopping for souvenirs, talk about their town and give directions. They can express their likes and dislikes about school and hobbies including viewing habits. They can also talk about when and where they do their hobbies, and how they get there. They can describe holidays; where they go and what they do there.
They will be able to understand, talk, read and write about all of the above topics. These four skills and the skill of translation are further developed in Years 8 and 9 during which students are introduced to the 3 tenses and are able to have more detailed discussions about their habits and routines including.
When possible, we participate in national competitions for students of Russian as well as the Russian Language International Olympiad competition which takes place in Moscow every four years.