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French

Subject Overview - Key Stage 3:

Year 7: the four different skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are taught within the following topics:

  • Bonjour – introducing myself and others – why study a language? / classroom instructions /meeting people/ school objects and the alphabet / counting up to 31 / age + birthdays / colours / pets / say where they live
  • Ma Famille –introducing friends and family – Brothers and sisters / family members / opinions / description – hair/ eyes/ personality.
  • Ma journée – talking about school – school subjects / making longer sentences with opinions and connectives / days of the week / times / daily routine / pencil case / activities after school.
  • On s’amuse – leisure – hobbies and sports / body parts / say where it hurts / visit into town / activities / instruments / directions in town.
  • Au Café – food and drink – French culture / food and drinks with appropriate pronouns / opinions / quantities and packaging / how to order in a restaurant. 
  • Mon environement – Describe their home and town – weather / places in town / house / rooms / objects in the house .

Grammar content in year 7 includes nouns and genders, the Present, Future and basic Past tenses, adjectives and agreement, connectives, basic word order, opinions, extended sentences.

Our year 7 course has a strong emphasis on French culture, and where French is spoken, for the pupils to develop an interest in the subject. A big emphasis is placed on speaking, so that our students can develop communication skills.

Year 8: the four different skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are taught within the following topics:

  • Les magasins – Clothes and shops - introducing yourself / talking about clothes and shops : clothes / colours / adjective agreement / weather / shops.
  • En bonne santé – healthy lifestyles – illness / body parts / where it hurts / healthy living / food and drinks / giving advice.
  • Télévision et cinéma – talking about movies and going out – French television program / times / types of program / genre of movies / organise a rendezvous with a friend / making excuses.
  • Mes Passe-temps -  hobbies, and helping at home : sports / instruments / daily routine / strong emphasis on chores / pocket money.
  • Mes vacances – Holidays – transport / who with / countries / weather / reasons why / activities / sightseeing plans / hotel / facilities / directions / ideal, past and future holidays.

Grammar content in Yr 8 reinforces the areas covered in Yr 7. Past tense and Future tense are developed and irregulars are seen. Initiation to the imperfect tense. Pupils are building more complex sentences and extended paragraphs, using a wider variety of opinions, connectives and complex structures, such as comparison. Pupils can use negation and ask a variety of questions.

Subject Overview - Key Stage 4:

The Key Stage 4 course aims to build on language knowledge gained in Key Stage 3. The course offered to all students is Edexcel French. Students are entered for either higher or foundation tier at the end of year 11 for their listening and reading exam.

The Edexcel board requires students to study the following broad topics: media and culture, sport andleisure, travel and tourism or business, work and employment.

The course is broken down as follows, with controlled assessments taking place in half of year 9, years 10 and 11.

Year 9 - First steps towards GCSE

  • Moi: About me: Exchange information about self: family / friends / pets / opinions and feelings / describe jobs parents do / friends / talk about main hobby.
  • Allons – y: Shops and shopping: different boutiques / order food / buy clothes + description of them / plan a trip / make travel arrangements / special occasions. 
  • Introduction of GCSE: Marked in GCSE grades – assessments for Speaking and Writing starting:
  • Le collège – Education - school subjects/ time / opinion / daily routine / uniform / difference between French and English school / facilities / school rules / plan for the future.
  • Mon temps libre – free time, TV and cinema – sports / sporting hero / media, cinema and films / organise a cinema visit, decline and accept / movie review around Les Choristes.
  • La Santé – health and fitness – different types of food / body parts / stress as an adolescent / smoking and alcohol addiction / outcome of unhealthy lifestyles

Year 10:

  • En Vacances – holidays: destinations / transport / weather / hotel – facilities, what went wrong / activities / letter of complaints / comparison between past holidays, habits, and ideal holidays.
  • Là où j’habite– describing where I live :  directions / locations / advantages and disadvantages of where you live / comparing two places / ideal town / compare to a French town / your local area.
  • Le monde en danger : social and environnemental issues : world issues / problems in your area / environment / letter to a newspaper

Year 11:

  • Il faut bosser - Business and work employment: chores / part-time jobs / advantages and disadvantages / use of pocket money / work routine / jobs people do / what they want to do in the future / possible problems at work
  • Revision and exam techniques