FRENCH

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7

During Year 7 students cover the basics of French grammar in a variety of contexts. The text book is EXPO Book 1. They are introduced to the notion of noun gender, adjective agreement, the paradigms of regular -er verbs in the present tense and some irregular verbs. Other grammar points are the use of à, prepositions, negatives and numbers. The topics covered are Self, Home and Family, School Environment, Animals, Colours and Descriptions, Likes and Dislikes, Directions and Dates. Students are introduced to the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of Year 7, pupils are expected to reach SWGS Standard I. Throughout the year students access a range of cultural texts. Students are encouraged to take part in the Year 7 visit to Normandy and lessons beforehand focus on food and buying things in shops.


Year 7 visit to Normandy

Year 8

Year 8 FL1

In Year 8 French students have three lessons per week and use EXPO Book 2. They build on the work begun in Year 7. New grammar topics include the use of ‘de', the present tense of regular and irregular verbs and an introduction to the past and immediate future tenses. The contexts are Family, Free time, Going out, Clothes, Food and Meals and Holidays. Throughout the year students access a range of cultural texts. By the end of Year 8 students should be working at Level 5 - 6.

Year 8 FL2

During Year 8 students have three lessons per week and they cover the basics of French grammar in a variety of contexts. The text book is EXPO Book 1. They are introduced to the notion of noun gender, adjective agreement, the paradigms of regular -er verbs in the present tense and some irregular verbs. Other grammar points are the use of à, prepositions, negatives and numbers. The topics covered are Self, Home and Family, School Environment, Animals, Colours and Descriptions, Likes and Dislikes, Directions and Dates. Students are introduced to the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Throughout the year students access a range of cultural texts. By the end of the year students should be working at Level 4.

Year 9 FL1

During Year 9 students continue to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. They have 3 periods per week and use EXPO Book 3. Use of the Perfect and Future Tenses are consolidated. For students to achieve good National Curriculum levels in Year 9 they must demonstrate a satisfactory use of these two tenses. Other grammar points are negatives and pronouns. The topics covered are Free Time Activities, Future plans, Health, Going on Holiday and some topical issues. Students are tested in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Throughout the year students access a range of cultural texts. By the end of Year 9 most students will have reached Level 7.  In Term 6 they have a series of cultural and project based lessons.

Year 9 FL2

During Year 9 students continue to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. They have 3 periods per week and use EXPO Book 2, with occasional use of EXPO book 3 when necessary. The Perfect and Immediate Future Tenses are taught. For students to achieve good National Curriculum levels in Year 9 they must demonstrate a satisfactory use of these two tenses. Other grammar points are negatives and modal verbs. The contexts are Family, Free time, Going out, Clothes, Food and Meals and Holidays. Throughout the year students access a range of cultural texts. By the end of Year 9 students should be working at Level 6 - 7.  In Term 6 they have a series of cultural and project based lessons.

GCSE

Year 10 and Year 11

The French course in Years 10 and 11 is a continuation of the work done in the previous years. The main aim of the course is to allow students to develop the ability to use French as a means of practical communication. A competent, accurate use of grammar will also be important. The language used will be as authentic and useful as possible, dealing with the topics of Lifestyle, Leisure, Home and Environment and Work and Education.

In Year 10, there is the chance of an exchange visit with a school in Nantes.

Four main skills are developed, understanding the written and spoken language and communicating in the written and spoken language.   All four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) are assessed with an equal 25% weighting, at the end of Year 11.

During the lessons, students are expected to participate as actively as possible. There is plenty of listening and reading comprehension practice, and students learn grammar and writing skills. Students are expected to do homework regularly and this sometimes includes learning by heart.

 

A LEVEL

Year 12

Current Year 12 students have started the new AQA specification.  They study the main topics of The Cyber Society, Music, Cinema, Changes in Family, A Culture Proud of its Heritage & Volunteering. Lessons are conducted largely in French and students are expected to participate as actively as possible. There is revision of basic grammar and the introduction of further, more sophisticated grammatical structures.

Year 13

Current Year 13 students are studying the old AQA specification.  Topics in A2 French are Environment, Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues and two cultural topics, currently the Occupation of France during WW2 and the film director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Students do have the opportunity to explore their own independent cultural topic.

OTHER INFORMATION

Students in Year 13 have the opportunity to participate in the annual French exchange with our partner school in Nantes. This exchange takes place in October.


French exchange students working with primary school children


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