French

Course Overview: French

French is taught for two hours per week at KS3 and three hours per week at KS4. In KS3, pupils are grouped according to their ability. Throughout both key stages pupils are taught to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in French via a range of activities. They also learn about life in countries where French is spoken. Pupils are regularly assessed in all 4 skills to check progress.


Year 7

Half Term 1

Allez 1, Unit 1 – Tout sur moi

Getting to know the French speaking world, introducing ourselves and giving basic opinions.

Grammar: Nouns, articles and adjectives. Present tense of ‘avoir’ and ‘être’.

Half Term 2

Allez 1, Unit 2 – Mon monde perso

Giving information about ourselves and others and  using a range of adjectives. Using a wider variety of opinions.

Grammar: Adjective agreement and possessive adjectives. Use of connectives and comparatives. Regular present tense verbs.

Half Term 3

Allez 1, Unit 2 – Mon monde perso cont.

Giving information about ourselves and others and  using a range of adjectives. Using a wider variety of opinions.

Grammar: Adjective agreement and possessive adjectives. Use of connectives and comparatives. Regular present tense verbs.

Half Term 4

Allez 1, Unit 4-A table

Talking about mealtimes and giving opinions on food and drink. Comparing food in French speaking countries with what we eat.

Grammar: Present tense of ‘manger’ and ‘boire’. Use of negatives. Je voudrais/ Il faut + noun/ infinitive.

Half Term 5

Allez 1, Unit 5- Mon quartier

Giving and understanding information about places in town, saying where we are going to go and arranging to meet.

Grammar: Prepositions and ‘il y a.’ The imperative. Use of vouloir/ pouvoir + infinitive.

Half Term 6

Allez 1, Unit 7- Destination vacances

Giving information on holidays, describing both past holidays and future plans for holidays

Grammar: The near future tense. Perfect tense with ‘avoir’ + perfect tense of ‘aller’.

Year 8

Half Term 1

Allez 1, Unit 7- Destination vacances

Giving information on holidays, describing both past holidays and future plans for holidays

Grammar: The near future tense. Perfect tense with ‘avoir’ + perfect tense of ‘aller’.

 

Half Term 2

Allez 1, Unit 6 – Ça, c’est mon truc

Talking about clothing and what we wear for different occasions. Describing the weather and weekend activities.

Grammar: Recap on regular present tense verbs and the present of ‘faire’. Reflexive verbs and possessive adjectives.

 

Half Term 3

Allez 1, Unit 8- Bouger, c’est important!

Giving and understanding information about sports, sporting events, other leisure activities and active holidays. Naming parts of the body and talking about injuries.

Grammar: depuis + present tense. Some use of conditional verbs to say what we would like to do. Perfect tense of ‘aller’. Pouvoir + infinitive.

 

Half Term 4

Allez 1, Unit 9 –Au quatre coins du monde

Talking about where we live and where we are going to live, giving information about daily routine and learning about French-speaking countries in Africa.

Grammar: Comparisons using plus/ moins. Near future. Reflexive verbs and the perfect tense with avoir and être. Expressions using ‘avoir’ e.g. avoir faim/ soif/ peu

 

Allez 2, Unit 1-C’est quoi la France?

Comparing France and the UK. Talking about French people and discussing Francophone cartoon characters.

Grammar: Recap on use of present tense. Use of ‘on’. Comparatives and superlatives. Revision of perfect tense and asking questions.

Half Term 5

Allez 2, Unit 2 –Le monde des medias

Talking about TV programmes, music, film and reading preferences.

Grammar: Using direct object pronouns. Faire + infinitive and rendre + adjective. Giving opinions using the perfect and imperfect tenses.

 

Half Term 6

Allez 2, Unit 3 – Accro à la technologie?

Describing old and new technology and talking about the pros and cons of new technology as well as about our favourite technology gadgets.

Grammar: Recap on adjective agreement and position. Verb +preposition +infinitive. Impersonal structures.

Course Overview: French

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.

Year 9

Half Term 1

Revision of KS3 Grammar.

Theme 1 : Identity and culture. Relationships with Family and Friends.

Key Grammar: revision of avoir (to have) and être (to be) in present tense as well as regular present tense verbs. Adjectival agreement.

Half Term 2

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest. Home, town, neighbourhood and region.

Key Grammar: ‘Il y a’. Enhancing descriptions using que. Use of the irregular verbs aller and faire.

Half Term 3

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. My studies.

Key Grammar: Use of devoir/ il faut + infinitive. Recap on the perfect tense of regular verbs. Comparative and superlative.

Half Term 4

Theme 1: Identity and culture. Free-time activities –music and TV.

Key Grammar: Use of future tense to give weekend plans including with clauses quand and si. Extend range of two verbs together.

Half Term 5

Theme 1: Identity and Culture. Free-time activities – eating out and sports.

Key Grammar: Using a wide variety of opinions and more complex justifications. Use of 3 time frames.

Half Term 6

Theme 1: Identity and culture. Customs and festivals in Spanish speaking countries.

Key Grammar: Perfect tense of regular verbs and the irregular être/ aller/ faire.Reflexive verbs in the perfect tense and use of perfect and imperfect together.

Year 10

Half Term 1

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. My studies.

Key Grammar: Use of devoir/ il faut + infinitive. Recap on the perfect tense of regular verbs. Comparative and superlative.

Half Term 2

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. Life at school/ college and Education Post-16.

Key Grammar: Transferring of devoir/ pouvoir/ il faut que etc to school rules context. Use of quantity words e.g. beaucoup/ trop/ assez.

Half Term 3

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest. Travel and Tourism.

Key Grammar: Consolidation of perfect and imperfect tenses. Use of sequencing words. Weather expressions with faire.

Half Term 4

Theme 1: Identity and culture. Customs and festivals in French speaking countries.

Key Grammar: Perfect tense of regular verbs and the irregular être/ aller/ faire.Reflexive verbs in the perfect tense and use of perfect and imperfect together.

Half Term 5

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest. Healthy/ unhealthy living.

Key Grammar: Recap on devoir/ il faut que + infinitive. Use of negative. Imperfect tense to talk about previous health habits. Present continuous.

Half Term 6

Theme 1: Identity and culture. Marriage/ partnership.

Key Grammar: revisiting adjectives to describe and use of que to describe ideal partner and enhance descriptions. Revision of future tense to outline future plans.

Year 11

Half Term 1

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest. Healthy/ unhealthy living.

Key Grammar: Recap on devoir/ il faut que + infinitive. Use of negative. Imperfect tense to talk about previous health habits. Present continuous.

Half Term 2

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest. Social Issues- Charity/ voluntary work. Global Issues –homelessness and poverty.

Key Grammar: Vouloir + infinitive. Vouloir que/ il est possible que/ pour que + subjunctive. Imperfect continuous. Si j’étais+ conditional.  Il faut + infinitive. Il est important que + subjunctive.

Half Term 3

Theme 1: Identity and culture. Technology in everyday life.

Key Grammar: Revision of past tenses to recount how social media have been used or life before technology. Statements of possibility including permettre, il est possible + subjunctive.

Half Term 4

Revision of all 3 Themes and grammar. Exam preparation


Course Components

Following the GCSE AQA French course will not only develop the students%APOSTROPHE% 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