In French, our main aim is for students to develop a deep appreciation of the French language and culture. Through continued speaking practice within the classroom, students develop their ability to communicate confidently with increasing accuracy, and to articulate thoughts and ideas with growing fluency. Residential visits in France enhance students’ appreciation for other cultures. A language course led by native speakers is included in the visits.
Ms Helen Fitzgerald
Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages
Miss Nicola Aldridge
Student Achievement Manager for MFL / Teacher of French
Mrs Valérie Baker
Key Stage 3: Our intent is to maximise students’ access to foreign languages and instil an enthusiasm for languages and their associated culture and customs. Many students joining the school in Year 7 experience regular timetabled lessons of French for the first time and our aim is to promote the enjoyment of languages and a confidence to deal with unfamiliar language and grammatical structures. At the end of Year 7, students of French are encouraged to take pride in their work and produce a Best Piece of Work. This goes into the students’ Year 8 book at the beginning of September and is a basis on which to build for the coming year.
Key Stage 4: The curriculum delves deeper into ideas that have been introduced in part at KS3, allowing for revision of knowledge before deepening the content. Increasingly complex vocabulary and grammar are introduced to students and there is a large focus on listening, reading, writing, translation and speaking skills. Students refine their depth of knowledge in each component. Assessment practices are introduced in Year 9 and students begin their practice of past GCSE questions on particular topic areas. This builds students’ confidence and resilience when faced with unfamiliar language. Students experience their first mock speaking exam in Year 9 and this practice continues throughout Years 10 and 11.
Key Stage 5: Our intent at KS5 is to maximise students’ passion for languages with a view to taking their knowledge of French further in the future. Students complete an individual Research Project and this encourages them to think critically, evaluate knowledge that has been presented to them and present their own ideas and analysis of their findings. By the end of Year 13, students have developed the necessary skills to analyse complex and numerous resources and produce a bibliography in French. We offer foreign languages conferences, visits to London to develop reading and research skills, study of foreign literature and films and the use of native language speakers in lessons.
Students are taught the following topics in Year 7:
Students are taught the following topics in Year 8:
Students are taught the following topics in Years 9 to 11:
All grammar points are introduced through these topic areas and listening, reading, writing, speaking and translation skills are regularly practised throughout the course.
Students are taught the following topics in Years 12 and 13: