Modern Foreign Languages

 
What will French enable me to do?

Learning French has so many benefits!  French is a globally important language in business and diplomatic terms. France is our nearest neighbour and globally the number one tourist destination.  France and French speaking countries also have a rich and diverse culture.  The linguistic skills taught are heavily sought after in the workplace and can give our pupils a competitive edge.  Pupils do a variety of activities to support their learning in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

 
Staff
  • C Davison – HoD
  • R Pearce
  • A Felstead
  • J Baldry
  • S Penaranda
 
KeyStage3

Curriculum Plan

Year 7

Module
Skills
Assessment

C’est parti!

Pupils will learn:

  • greetings
  • how to introduce themselves, their name and age
  • numbers, colours, months of the year and days of the week
  • classroom language

Formal Test in listening, speaking, reading and writing

Famille et copains

Pupils will learn:

  • how to talk about family and pets
  • the verb ‘avoir’
  • to describe themselves and others using the verb ‘être’
  • how adjectives change

Formal Test in listening, speaking, reading and writing

Mes passetemps

Pupils will learn:

  • to talk about their likes/dislikes
  • how ‘er’ verbs change
  • to use the verb ‘faire’
  • to talk about sport, hobbies and technology
  • to describe what others do

Formal Test in listening, speaking, reading and writing

Ma zone

Pupils will learn:

  • how to describe where they live; their house and town
  • to talk about their town’s facilities
  • to ask and give directions
  • to use the verb ‘aller’

 

Formal Test in listening, speaking, reading and writing

 

 

Year 8

Module
Skills
Assessment

Mon collège

Pupils will learn:

  • school subjects and to give their opinion of them
  • how to tell the time in French
  • describe their timetable
  • describe their daily routine using reflexive verbs

Formal Test in listening, speaking, reading and writing

T’es branché(e)?

Pupils will learn:

  • how to describe what they like to watch on TV
  • how to describe what they like to read
  • how to describe what films they like
  • how to describe what music they like
  • how to describe what they do with technology
  • how to describe the weather
  • to describe what they do with their friends

Formal Test in listening, speaking, reading and writing

Paris, je t’adore!

Pupils will learn:

  • about Paris and its popular tourist sites
  • about its celebrations
  • how to form questions
  • how to order food and drink in a cafe
  • how to form the past tense to say what they have done and what it was like

Formal Test in listening, speaking, reading and writing

Mon identité

Pupils will learn:

  • recap how to talk about their personality
  • clothes and giving opinions on fashion
  • shopping for clothes
  • the type of shops and shopping for food
  • consolidating the use of the perfect tense

Formal Test in listening, speaking, reading and writing

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will generally comprise of a spelling tests using Quizlet and vocab books.  Occasionally, pupils have to complete research or project based work or writing activities. In addition to revision this will help pupils achieve well in their end of module tests.

 
Keystage 4

Pupils will study AQA GCSE French and are examined in listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Each component is worth 25% of their overall grade.

Theme 1
Identity and Culture

Sub-topic 1

Me, my family and friends

Relationships with family and friends

Marriage/partnership

Sub-topic 2

Technology in everyday life

Social media

Mobile technology

Sub-topic 3 

Free time activities

Music

Cinema and TV

Food and eating out

Sport

Sub-topic 4  Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

 

Theme 2
Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Sub-topic 1

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

 

Sub-topic 2 

Social issues

  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living

 

Sub-topic 3

Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness

 

Sub-topic 4 

Travel and tourism

 

Theme 3
Current and future study and employment

Sub-topic 1 

My studies

 

Sub-topic 2

Life at school/college

 

Sub-topic 3

Education post-16

 

Sub-topic 4

Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of vocab tests, grammar worksheets, translations and exam style questions using a revision workbook.  Pupils will be given a formal assessment at the end of each module.

Each pupil will receive a printed vocabulary book which contains all the necessary vocabulary and grammar needed for that year of study.

GCSE pupils will also receive a Revision Workbook. 

 
Keystage 5

Students will study AQA French A-Level.

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

• The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement)

• The 'cyber-society' (La « cyber-société »)

• The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)

 Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

• Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d'une société diverse)

• Life for the marginalised (Quelle vie pour les marginalisés ? )

• How criminals are treated (Comment on traite les criminels)

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

• A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine)

• Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)

• Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art)

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

• Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l'engagement politique)

• Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (Manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir ? )

• Politics and immigration (La politique et l'immigration)

Independent Research Project

Students choose an element of the French speaking world on which to do in-depth research from a variety of sources for their speaking exam.

Film and Literature

Students will study one film and one book in class for part of their writing exam.

 Homework and support

Regular homework will comprise of regular vocab and grammar revision and exercises, speaking preparation, essays, independent research work, reading and translation exercises.