The course we use caters for beginners in the language as well as those with some prior knowledge. Pupils are taught the key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through carefully structured activities, which include language-learning games, video and ICT, as well as more traditional textbook based exercises.
Topics studied include:
- themselves, their family and friends and their house and home life
- their hobbies, interests and social activities
- food and drink
- healthy lifestyle.
Pupils also study two cultural topics in Year 8 on traditional celebrations and comic books such as Astérix and Tin Tin.
Pupils are set according to ability and this will be reviewed at the end of each academic year, following regular assessments in the four skills. Biannually pupils are offered a week in France during the Trinity half-term break. This is a fun-filled activity holiday in Normandy with lots of opportunities to speak French and to try out new activities.
Pupils continue to develop the four key language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in French, focusing on the topic areas of;
- local area and environment
- holidays and travel
- education and tutre plans.
In Year 9 pupils study one cultural topic in film studies. This vocuses on the popular and award winning film, Les Choristes.
They will work to achieve a FCSE qualification (Foundation Certificate in Secondary Education). Pupils will gain a sound foundation of skills, vocabulary and grammar to enable them to embark with confidence onto GCSE French in Year 10.
Key Stage 4
A qualification in a modern foreign language makes an important contribution to the broad and balanced education which young people of today are expected to have on leaving school and is, in addition, highly valued by employers and universities.
In French we follow the AQA specification. Throughout the course pupils develop their linguistic competence in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Theme 1: Identity and Culture - me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life, free-time activities, customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest - home, town, neighbourhood and region, social issues, global issues, travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment - my studies, life at school/college, education post-16, jobs, career choices and ambitions
Benefits to Pupils
- Clear, accessible assessments which discriminate effectively.
- Enables pupils of all abilities to develop their French language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.
- Expands pupils’ cultural knowledge whilst developing their language skills.
Scheme of Assessment
Part 1: Listening – 25%
Either Foundation Tier: 35 minutes or Higher Tier: 45 minutes
Part 2: Speaking – 25%
Foundation Tier: 7-9 minutes or Higher Tier: 10-12 minutes
Part 3: Reading – 25%
Foundation Tier: 45 minutes or Higher Tier: 1 hour
Part 4: Writing – 25%
Foundation Tier: 1 hour or Higher Tier: 1 hour 15 minutes
Entry tier must be the same across all four skills.