Course Overview: French

The aim of the French course at Key Stage 3 is to inspire a love of languages as well as an appreciation for different cultures. We hope to broaden the students' horizons and educate them about the advantages of being globally aware and culturally sensitive. Students learn the importance of being literate, of having communication skills, and of speaking more than one language in our increasingly global community. The students' knowledge of another language opens doors to a wide range of opportunities and careers.

Year 7

Students will study the topics of family and friends, art, house and home, town, school, and hobbies. Lessons are highly interactive and  pupils will practise the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Students will learn about life in France and other French speaking countries and will compare and contrast this with life in the United Kingdom.

Year 8

Students will study the topics of  family life, free time, going out, food and drink, travel and holidays and friends. Students will build a greater awareness of French grammar and will manipulate language in order to express themselves with increasing confidence.

Year 9

Students will study the topics of TV and film, future plans, healthy lifestyles, now and before, and extreme sports. Students will have the opportunity to express themselves with even greater confidence, independence and creativity. The development of communication skills , together with an understanding of the structure of language, lay the foundations for future study of languages and support the development of literacy skills in the students' own language.

Course Overview: French

Key Stage 4 GCSE French (Course Code 8658)

Building on the Key Stage 3 language learning strategies, students will be able to continue to develop their skills in French. Students will deepen their knowledge and application of grammar and will widen their understanding and use of complex vocabulary. Throughout Key Stage 4, students will practise a range of examination style questions and skills to ensure that they are well prepared for the GCSE examinations at the end of year 11.

Course Components

Following the GCSE AQA French course will not only develop the students' linguistic skills, it will also continue to develop their cultural awareness alongside a range of skills which they can use in others subjects, further education and the world of work. Good communication skills , problem solving techniques, ICT skills and a greater understanding of other cultures are all taught alongside the language itself as part of the GCSE course.

Topics covered come under the following headings:

Theme 1: Identity and Culture (friends and family, hobbies, technology, festivals)
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest (home, town, global issues)
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment (school life, further education and career plans)

Students will be assessed in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each of the four exams holds equal weighting, making up 25% of the final grade. All skills will be assessed through final exams at the end of Year 11 at either Foundation or Higher level. In the final exams, pupils will demonstrate their knowledge of the language learning skills that they have developed throughout the course.

Course Information

Course Name: French
Qualification Type: GCSE
Awarding Body: AQA
Specification code: 8658 

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After school and lunchtime clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary and extra revision and booster sessions are also offered throughout Key Stage 4. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

MFL Homework Club
Lunchtime Languages Club
GCSE Revision