Aims

The French department aims to provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with both the spoken and written language, as well as broaden their understanding of the culture of French-speaking countries. France is Britain’s closest neighbour and is, for many, the gateway to Europe.  French is widely spoken in the world and has a rich heritage in literature, philosophy and the arts in general.

Curriculum

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Introducing Yourself

  • facts about French-speaking countries
  • pronunciation
  • classroom language
  • greetings
  • numbers 1-100
  • months and birthdays
  • countries and languages
  • french alphabet
  • etre with je and tu

Spring Term 1

School

  • classroom objects and items in a school bag
  • school subjects and your opinions of them
  • telling the time , saying when you have different subjects
  • days of the week
  • talking about your timetable
  • gender: le, la, l’, les
  • the nous and on forms of avoir

Summer Term 1

Home

  • saying where you live
  • weather
  • describe your house or flat and your own room
  • larger numbers and dates
  • j’habite + prepositions
  • il y a

 

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Family

  • family members
  • brothers and sisters
  • pets and colours
  • describing yourself, family members, friends and pets
  • possessive adjectives
  • avoir
  • negatives
  • plurals
  • subject pronouns: il and elle

Spring Term 2

Freetime and Hobbies

  • sports and musical instruments
  • your favourite hobbies
  • opinions of computer games
  • saying how often you do something
  • j’adore/ je deteste etc
  • present tense (regular and irregular verbs)
  • time expressions

Summer Term 2

Food and Drink

  • saying what food and drink you like/don’t like
  • saying what you eat for different meals
  • ordering food in a café or snack bar
  • buying food in a shop
  • talking about healthy eating
  • ordering meal in a restaurant
  • je voudrais + noun
  • ne/ n’ … pas

 

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Local Area

  • places in town
  • saying what you can do in a place
  • asking for and giving directions
  • buying tickets and presents
  • understanding tourist information
  • il y a un / une/ des
  • il n’y a pas de modal verbs
  • pouvoir
  • giving instructions in tu and vous forms
  • asking questions

Spring Term 1

Going on a trip

  • talking about holidays (where you go, how long you travel, where you stay and for how long)
  • talk about what you can do on holiday and what you are going to do
  • talking about past holiday experiences
  • modal verbs (pouvoir, vouloir and devoir)
  • future tense (aller + infinitive)
  • perfect tense (with avoir and etre

Summer Term 1

Ma routine

  • talk about your daily routine and ask others about theirs
  • describe what you did yesterday/last weekend and give your opinions of their day using the imperfect tense.
  • revise the time and learn how to use the 24-hour clock.
  • reflexive verbs in both the present and perfect tenses and consolidate the perfect tense further.
  • more complex opinions using a variety of language structures
  • use a bilingual dictionary to help you with new vocabulary
  • word families and learning how to use your knowledge of them to build and to work out the meanings of new words.

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Fashion and Shopping

  • talking about clothes and giving your opinions about them
  • talking about what you wear and what you’d like to wear
  • going shopping for clothes
  • talking about problems with clothes
  • designers clothes and the school uniform
  • singular nouns + est, plural nouns + sont
  • adjective endings
  • je voudrais + infinitive
  • how to say it (le, la, l’) and them (les)
  • future tense (aller+ infinitive)
  • comparisons

Spring Term 2

Appearance of self and others; personality of self and others

  • talk about how they get on with your parents and siblings and what you do to help out at home – and how often
  • how to give opinions and back them up with reasons and to talk about things you have done in the past.
  • adjectives to describe appearance and start to build longer, more complex sentences using different clause types eg quand.
  • The perfect tense with avoir and etre is reinforced
  • thinking skills: using existing knowledge to work out language rules, working out meaning, thinking about language patterns and using them to adapt sentences and texts.

Cultural focus Languages spoken in the French Speaking World

Summer Term 2

On fait la fete

  • French national holidays and festivals.
  • opinions of them, backing them up with reasons
  • organising a party, and use modal verbs (pouvoir and devoir) to describe the tasks you need to carry out and what the guests can do at the party
  • modal verbs are practised further and used for accepting or declining invitations
  • excuses and state what you have to do instead.
  • describe a party they have been to and give your opinions of it, using the perfect and imperfect tenses.
  • strong focus on using grammatical knowledge: students are encouraged to work out grammar patterns and apply them in their work
  • evaluate and prepare for language tasks and to build answers from questions.

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

The Media

  • discussing TV programmes you like watching, what you think of them and how often you watch TV.
  • other forms of media you use and to compare old and new media using the present and imperfect tenses.
  • Talking about different types of music and name your favourite types of music and singers. Various film genres are introduced
  • describing the plot of a film.
  • The possessive adjectives mon and ton are revised, and son, sa, ses are introduced.
  • Ce, cette, cet, ces are introduced and there is further consolidation of the present, perfect and imperfect tenses
  • using their existing knowledge to work out meaning and the concept of ‘false friends’ is introduced. Expressing opinions and learning how to adapt a text.
  • Cultural focus French TV programmes; a French pop band.

Spring Term 1

Healthy Lifestyles

  • parts of their bodies
  • describing aches and pains
  • keeping fit and healthy eating and give advice on having a healthy lifestyle
  • possessive adjectives are revised and reinforced using the imperative to give advice about being healthy
  • identifying language and grammar patterns and use your knowledge of them to build new words and phrases.
  • the language structures, depuis and pour + infinitive
  • cultural focus French food specialities and those from the French speaking world

Summer Term 1

My Area

  • describing in detail where you live and give your opinion of your area using parce que
  • talking about different means of transport and consider whether or not they are environmentally friendly
  • environmental problems and discuss ways of being environmentally friendly
  • The comparative is revised and the superlative introduced
  • There is a strong focus on thinking skills: identifying language patterns and applying your knowledge, work out the meaning of new words and evaluate language tasks.
  • Cultural focus Information about various towns, cities and areas in France; The French recycling system; Renewable energy sources in France

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

My Favourite Hobbies

  • talking about what you like and dislike doing, and what you think of you hobbies and why
  • recapping on the weather and what you do in different kinds of weather
  • discussing what they will do next weekend.
  • Adjectival agreements
  • building longer sentences using linking words
  • learning strategies focus on identifying and applying language patterns
  • learning about more unusual hobbies and to think about what effect on people’s lifestyles too many activities might have.
  • Cultural focus French teenage stress.

Spring Term 2

A Trip to Paris

  • planning a trip and request tourist information
  • talking about what there is to see and do in a town using the modal verb pouvoir, and what you are going to do, using the future tense
  • asking for and give directions, using the formal and informal forms of the imperative
  • buy train tickets
  • describing where items are in a room and to get around town.
  • The perfect and imperfect tenses (etait) are consolidated
  • describing a trip.
  • Learning strategies include writing a formal letter, adapting a text, writing creatively, reading for gist and detail and using knowledge of grammar to understand texts.
  • Cultural focus Information about Paris and Lyon/ Bordeaux A French poem.

Summer Term 2

School and Future Plans

  • part-time jobs, how much you earn and what you are saving for
  • French school system and school day and compare them with those of the UK.
  • the perfect, present and future tenses to talk about what you have done this year at school and what you will do next year.
  • different jobs and careers, masculine and feminine forms of them, and say what job you would like to do in the future, using je voudrais etre /devenir
  • the UK system and to describe your school day.
  • Learning strategies covered include deducing the meaning of unknown words and applying knowledge of language patterns.
  • Cultural focus French school systems; French job adverts.

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Key Stage 3 revision

Family, relationships and Marriage

  • My Family
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Getting Maried
  • Happiness outside of marriage

Spring Term 1

Hobbies and Interests

  • Music fan or film buff?
  • Cinema or TV?
  • Shall we go for something to eat?
  • Healthy Living
  • Sport for all
  • Have you got any ‘get up and go!’?

Summer Term 1

My Area

  • Where do you live?
  • Where will you live in the future?
  • My Region
  • In the Town

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Technology

  • Are you a facebook fan?
  • Security in the internet
  • Trends in cellphone technology
  • Mobile phones – the good, the bad and the ugly

Spring Term 2

Customs and Tradtions

  • All countries need customs
  • Let’s celebrate!
  • Celebrating festivals around the year

Summer Term 2

Out and About

  • Voluntary work overseas
  • Welcome on the adventure!
  • I used to be fit !
  • Do you live healthily or unhealthily?

 

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

The environment

  • Help the environment
  • Global environmental issues
  • Security around the world
  • Poverty on the streets

Spring Term 1

School

  • A description of your school
  • Which types of school are there in Germany?
  • A typical school day
  • Aspects of school life

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Travel and tourism

  • I am looking for a place to stay
  • How was the holiday?
  • A tour around a city
  • Beautiful travel destinations

Spring Term 2

The World of Work

  • Which job or which course?
  • University or straight into work?
  • Which job would you like to do?
  • My ideal Job

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Family in Transition

  • Relationships within the family
  • Partnership and marriage
  • Different forms of the family unit

Spring Term 1

Charity Organisations

  • Reasons for voluntary help
  • Benefits for the person helping
  • Benefits for the person being helped

Summer Term 1

Music

  • Music and the young
  • Music in France
  • The Diversity

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

The Digital World

  • The internet
  • Social Networks
  • The Digitalisation of Society

Spring Term 2

Heritage

  • UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Pros of things being on heritage list
  • Impact of tourism

Summer Term 2

Cinema and Film Dossier: les Quatre Cents Coups, Francois Truffaut

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Immigration

  • The reasons for Immigration
  • The pros and cons of Immigration
  • Migration politics

Integration

  • Measures towards integration
  • Barriers to integration

Literature Text Un Secret by Philippe Grimbert

Spring Term 1

Youth and politics

  • Engaging young people in politics
  • Key issues in youth politics

Strikes and demonstrations

  • The role of strikes
  • The pros and cons of demonstrations
  • The changing face of France with strikes and demonstrations

Literature Text: Un Secret by Philippe Grimbert

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Integration (continued)

  • The Experiences of different migration groups

Racism

  • The victims of Racism
  • The origins of Racism
  • The fight against Racism

Literature Text Un Secret by Philippe Grimbert

Spring Term 2

 Strikes and demonstrations (continued)

Immigration in Politics

  • The Front National
  • Open and closed immigration

Literature Text: Un Secret by Philippe Grimbert

Staff

  • Mr D McEwen (Head of Department)
  • Mrs T Richards
  • Ms N Murrall (Acting Deputy Head & Year 7 Pupil Achievement Leader)

Additional Information

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Students who opt to take the GCSE course will have a good grounding in the subject from Key Stage 3, consolidating on some previously learnt material as well as developing their competencies in new topic areas. In each Year students will have 4 periods of French per fortnight. One of these will be based in our Languages ICT-suite. We currently follow the OCR examination syllabus. The four components are: Listening (20%), Reading (20%), Controlled Assessment Speaking (30%) and Controlled Assessment Writing (30%). The listening and reading are assessed by final exam in Year 11. Students will get a chance to take 3 controlled assessments in both writing and speaking, with the best two being submitted towards their final GCSE mark.

Post 16 (first and second year of A-Level)

The A Level course (AQA) is divided into 6 Units (Units 1, 2 and 3 are studied in Year 12, and Units 4, 5 and 6 in Year 13).

During this course students will have 9 lessons per fortnight, including the opportunity of working in the Languages ICT-suite. Students will be taught by 2 teachers during the fortnightly cycle, and teachers will spend time with students consolidating on grammar, encouraging students to quickly become independent learners. Lessons are taught in small groups with an excellent student-teacher ratio. There is ample opportunity for classroom discussion, increasing levels of spontaneity and independent research preparation.

Unit 1/ 4: Listening, reading and writing

Unit 2/ 5: Writing

Unit 3/ 6: Speaking.

In the first year, pupils study the topics of family, cyber society, charity work, heritage, music and cinema.  In the second year they study the positive effects of multi culturalism, help for the marginalised, criminality, the political engagement of the young, strikes and immigration in politics

How can parents help?

How To Help Your Daughter To Improve

Whenever possible, you could encourage your daughter to:

  • Read the teacher comments and where relevant act on them.
  • Follow the advice given in your assessment folder.
  • Refer to the level or grade descriptors for your age group, these will be in your assessment folders (Y7-10)
  • GCSE and A’ level: Carefully read the assessment criteria and examiner’s report before the controlled assessment or examinations
  • Use the text book to read ahead to be ready for new topics.
  • Make revision materials at the end of each topic
  • Keep up-to-date with vocabulary learning
  • Review your work frequently
  • Use the text book to consolidate classroom learning
  • Use the internet sites suggested later to research unfamiliar topics
  • Explain your lessons to your parents
  • Ask your teacher for a more detailed explanation
  • This is not a full list, the techniques you use in other subjects will also work with French

Where next

Here are just a few areas in which the application of French would prove to be useful:

  • Business
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Arts (especially Music) and Literature
  • Teaching
  • Academia
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Any profession that requires confidence in communication, flexibility, the willingness to embrace a new challenge

Opportunities out of lessons

French Opportunities Out Of Lessons

  • French Residential for Year 8 pupils (annually)
  • French Study Trip to Paris (annually)
  • Correspondants (penpals)

French Opportunities Parents Can Provide

  • Trip/holiday to France, Switzerland or any other French-speaking country
  • Work Experience/Contacts with international/French-based companies

Useful links

Useful French Websites

TF1  (television)

GCSE Bitesize French

VJC  (vocabulary and games)

Languages Online  (grammar,vocabulary and games)

French Institute  (cultural institute)

AQA French  (A level examination board)

OCR  (GCSE examination board)