French is studied by Population 1. Class study is accompanied by the Métro for key stage 3 books.
At this level, there is a focus on building a vocabulary base, as well as correct verb tense use. French will be approached through reading, writing, listening, and speaking - with the intention of developing increased confidence and linguistic fluency.
Figures Term 1
- Describing self and family
- Understanding instructions
- Asking questions
Figures Term 2
- Describing school
- Using the present tense
- Describing house and surrounding area
Figures Term 3
- Describing freetime activities
- Using more complex answers with opinions
- Describing daily routine
- Future holiday plans
Rudiments Term 1
- Countries and nationalities
- Climate and weather
- Describing amenities in a town
- Understanding and giving directions
Rudiments Term 2
- Arranging to go out with friends
- Shopping for food
- Using the immediate future tense
Rudiments Term 3
- Shopping for clothes
- Buying presents
- Holiday activities
- Understanding the past tense
Lower Grammar Term 1
- Describing illnesses and
- Healthy and unhealthy activities
- Using the past tense
Lower Grammar Term 2
- Describing holiday
- destinations and activities
- Comparing town and countryside
- Designing your ideal town
Lower Grammar Term 3
- Film and television preferences and dislikes
- Booking accommodation
- Asking for information abroad
At GCSE, there are four assessed components: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
For current Syntax (Y11) the writing and speaking component are examined through controlled assessment, with the reading and listening exams being sat at the end of year 11.
For current Grammar (Y10) there will be no controlled assessment and all components will be assessed at the end of Year 11.
The course advances what has been learnt at key stage 3 to include: more complicated verb and tense use, as well as a much greater range of vocabulary.
Topics include: out and about, visitor information, basic weather, local amenities, accommodation, public transport, directions customer service and transactions, cafés and restaurants , shops, dealing with problems personal information, general interests, leisure activities, family and friends, lifestyle (healthy eating and exercise) future plans, education and work, basic language of the Internet, simple job advertisements, simple job applications and CV, school and college work, and work experience
Grammar Term 1
- Describing yourself, your family and friends
- Talk about your relationship with them
- Explain what your future plans are with them
Grammar Term 2
- Describing my town
- Talk about the different shops
- Say what activities you can do in your town
Grammar Term 3
- Describing my school
- Compare the French educational system with the English one
- Explain what subjects
- you like/dislike and why
Syntax Term 1
- Describe your work experience
- Talking about your plans for the future career-wise
- Say what job you would like/ dislike doing and why
Syntax Term 2
- Talking about you like to
- go on holiday
- Describing your past holidays
- Describing your future holidays next summer
Syntax Term 3
- Compare healthy and unhealthy lifestyles
- Describe the dangers of drugs such as alcohol and tobacco.
Modern Languages are highly regarded by universities and studying French at A level offers the opportunity to not only continue with French in further educations, but also integrate it as a part of many degrees, thus adding an extra life skill to your CV. The emphasis in new syllabuses is on contemporary issues and communication skills, the ability to listen to ,speak, read, write and understand French. There is an opportunity for subsidised work experience abroad during February half term - in France, which has proved an invaluable experience for previous students.
Students may study topics on aspects of French life and literature in class, but students are expected to extend their studies at home using various forms of media.