French Curriculum Intent

In the 21st century, competence in a different language and intercultural understanding are not optional extras, they are an essential part of being an active citizen. Learning a language opens a world of new possibilities and opportunities. Through language learning, we promote pupils’ curiosity, problem solving skills and broaden their understanding, not only of their own identity and culture, but also that of other countries. Furthermore, by gaining a qualification in a Modern Foreign Language, we are building pupils’ communication and literacy skills and preparing them for a globalised world of work.

Key Stage Three

At Key Stage 3, pupils are taught four main skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. Grammar acquisition is embedded in the Accès Studio and Studio 1 course books. Topics will include, amongst others, Family Life, School, Relationships and Paris. The emphasis at KS3 is on pupils’ confident communication in French, made possible by good vocabulary recall and a sound grasp of key grammatical concepts, which will prepare pupils for the GCSE course and beyond. There will be ample opportunities for pupils to practise their newly acquired skills both in the spoken and written forms.

Key Stage Four

Pupils opting for French will be studying the AQA specification. Pupils will develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, in order to become increasingly familiar with the challenging requirements of the linear exam. Core tasks such as translation, role plays and spontaneous response to picture prompts will be common classroom and assessment activities. Topics include relationships, home, education, leisure, lifestyle and customs, the environment, work experience and health issues. Pupils will be encouraged to talk and write at length about a range of topics as part of their regular classroom-based assessments, where giving opinions and being able to justify points of view will lead to better grades.

Specification https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

Year 7

(Modules, Topics)

September – December

Accès Studio

Unité 1 – Bonjour!

Meeting and greeting people

Spelling in French

Unité 2 – Quel âge as-tu?

Counting to 21

Saying how old you are

Unité 3 – Joyeux anniversaire!

Days of the week/Months of the year

Saying when your birthday is

Unité 4 – Dans mon sac

Saying what there is in a school bag

Using un, une, des – the indefinite article

Using plurals

November Assessment (AT1, AT3)

Unité 5 – Ma salle de classe

Describing the classroom

Using le, la, les – the definite article

January – April

Unité 6 – J’adore le judo

Saying what you like and dislike

Talking about hobbies

Unité 7 – Les goûts et les couleurs

Saying what colours things are

Using adjectives

Unité 8 – Tu as un animal?

Talking about animals

Using a dictionary

February Assessment (AT2, AT4)

Unité 9 – Ma grand-mère est une hippie!

Meeting and greeting people

Spelling in French

May – July

Unité 10 – J’habite dans un château!

Saying where you live

Using petit and grand

Unité 11 – À table!

Saying what you eat and drink

Ordering a café

Unité 12 – Mon pays

Talking about nationalities and countries

Using the verb être

May/June assessment (AT3, AT4)

Unité 13 – La météo

Talking about the weather

Exploring rhyming and syllables

Year 8

(Modules, Topics)

September – December 

Studio 1 – Module 1 C’est perso 

Unité 1 – Mon autoportrait

Talking about likes and dislikes 

Using regular er verbs (je, tuil/elle) 

Unité 2 – Mon kit de survie 

Talking about your survival kit 

Using avoir (je, tuil/elle) 

Unité 3 – Comment je vois 

Describing yourself 

Understanding adjective agreement (singular) 

October half term 

Unité 13 – La météo

Talking about the weather

Exploring rhyming and syllables

November assessment (AT1, AT3) 

Unité 5 – Il est hypercool! 

En plus 

Describing a musician, using the present tense 

Introducing yourself in detail 

January – April 

Studio 1 – Module 2 Mon collège 

Unité 1 – Mes matières 

Talking about school subjects 

Asking questions 

Unité 2 – C’est génial 

Giving opinions and reasons 

Agreeing and disagreeing 

Unité 3 – J’ai cours 

Describing your timetable 

Using the 12-hour clock 

February half term 

February Assessment (AT2, AT4) 

Unité 4 – Au college en France 

Describing your school day 

Using on to say ‘we’ 

Unité 5 – Miam-miam 

Talking about food 

Using the partitive article (du/de la/de l’/des) 

En plus 

Schools in other French-speaking countries  

Developing reading skills 

May – July

Studio 1 – Module 3 Mes passetemps 

Unité 1 – Mon ordi et mon portable 

Talking about computers and mobiles 

Using regular er verbs 

Unité 2 – Tu es sportif/sportive 

Talking about which sports you play 

Using jouer à 

Unité 3 – Qu’est-ce que tu fais? 

Talking about activities 

Using the verb faire 

May half term  

May/June Assessment (AT3, AT4) 

Unité 4 – J’aime faire ça 

Saying what you like doing 

Using aimer + the infinitive 

Unité 5 – Ils sont actifs! 

Describing what other people do 

Using ils and elles 

Year 9 (9H4,5,6)

(Modules, Topics) 

September – December 

Studio 1 – Module 4 Ma zone 

Unité 1 – Là où j’habite 

Talking about your town/village 

Using il y a …/il n’y a pas de … 

Unité 2 – Perdu dans le parc d’attractions! 

Giving directions 

Understanding when to use tu and vous 

Unité 3 – Le weekend 

Talking about where you go 

Using à + the definite article 

October half term 

November assessment (AT1, AT3) 

Unité 4 – Coucou 

Asking someone to go somewhere 

Using je veux/tu veux + infinitive 

Unité 5 – Qu’est-ce qu’on peut faire à …? 

Saying what you can do in town 

Using on peut + infinitive 

January – April 

Studio 1 – Module 5  3..2..1 Partez 

Unité 1 – Les vacances, mode d’emploi 

Using nous to say ‘we’ 

Talking about your holidays 

Unité 2 – Je me prépare … 

Talking about getting ready to go out 

Using reflexive verbs (singular) 

Unité 3 – Au Café de la Plage 

Buying drinks and snacks 

Using higher numbers 

February half term 

February assessments (AT1, AT3) 

Unité 4 – Je vais aller en colo! 

Talking about holiday plans 

Using the near future tense 

Unité 5 – Mes rêves 

Saying what you would like to do 

Using je voudrais + infinitive 

May – July

Manger et boire (tba) 

Unité 1 – Bon appétit! 

Food you like and don’t like 

Using the definite article after aimer 

Unité 2 – Les repas 

Breakfast and lunch 

Using du, de la, de l’ and des 

Unité 3 –  On prepare une fête 

Preparing for a party 

Using il faut + infinitive 

May/June Assessment (AT3, AT4) 

Unité 4  On fait des achats 

Buying provisions 

Using de with quantities 

Unité 5  Au restaurant 

Summary of phrases need in a restaurant 

Evening meals 

Year 9 Sets 1, 2 and 3 (Modules and Topics)

September – December

Expo GCSE Module 1
Talking about yourself and saying where you are from
Saying what you like and don’t like doing
Talking about your family
Saying what your parents do
Talking about your friends
Describing famous sports people
November Assessment
Saying what you have done
Talking about what you have done and are going to do

January – April

Expo GCSE Module 2
Discussing TV and cinema
Arranging to go out
Explaining why you can’t do something
Giving opinions about things you did
February Assessment
Describing a sport event
Saying what other people did in the past
Talking about new technology

January – April

Expo GCSE Module 3
Talking about where you live
Talking about your own room
Describing where you live
June Assessment
Talking about a town
Talking about your area
Talking about towns in France and the UK

AQA GCSE French  

(Themes, Topics) 

Theme

Topic

Year 9 Summer

Year 10 Autumn

Year 10 Spring

Year 10 Summer

Year 11 Autumn

Year 11 Spring

Year 11 Summer

Eduqas A GCSE Geography (2022 Examination)
(Modules, Topics)

Theme 1 -Identity and culture

Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends

Free-time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport

Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/ communities

 

Me, my family and friends

  • Marriage/ partnership

Technology in everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

Theme 2 -Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Social issues

  • Healthy/ unhealthy living

Travel and tourism

Global issues

  • The environment

 

Social issues

Charity/ voluntary work

Poverty/ homelessness

Theme 3 -Current and future study and employment

My studies

Life at school/ college

Education post-16

Career choices and ambitions

Key Stage Three

Students will receive regular vocabulary homework which will be assessed in class. Students will be assessed formally as part of the school assessment windows:

Assessment 1 – Listening and Reading

Assessment 2 – Speaking and Writing

Assessment 3 – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

Key Stage Four

Regular vocabulary learning is encouraged, and all vocabulary lists are available online and from school. Vocabulary testing will involve translation of phrases from and to the target language.

Pupils will be assessed formally as part of the school’s timetabled assessment windows. Assessments will be set following the AQA exam style questions or past papers.

A variety of jobs require you to be able to communicate in one or more languages. The obvious examples are the jobs of translator and interpreter, but there are many more. Some jobs need you to be completely fluent while, for others, it’s enough to be able to hold a basic conversation. Entry requirements vary from GCSEs to postgraduate qualifications.

Some of the main career opportunities that require language skills are described below:

  • Linguists
  • Interpreters and translators
  • Teachers

Using Languages

As tourists, and even in business, we often rely on people from other countries communicating with us in English. However, developing our foreign language skills can benefit us as individuals, as well as helping the UK conduct trade with the rest of the world.

Here are some ideas of jobs offering opportunities for using languages. They certainly aren’t the only ones.

  • Public sector
  • Librarianship and information science
  • Travel and tourism
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Media
  • Law, insurance, accountancy etc
  • Industry and commerce

Working hard at studying a language you develop your communication skills in general, and, if you have spent time studying abroad, you will also have gained independence, flexibility and organisational skills – all qualities that employers value.

With good language skills, you can widen your search for work across Europe. As a UK citizen you have the right to work in any of the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) and many qualifications gained in the UK are recognised by European employers. For example, qualifications in accountancy, engineering, teaching, nursing, construction trades and so on, are likely to be recognised.

Many UK companies have commercial links with Europe and beyond, and many multinational firms have bases in Britain. So, as the workplace becomes more global, more people can expect to travel abroad as part of their job and the ability to speak another language would be most advantageous.

People who can communicate in languages such as Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Arabic are needed as well as European languages.

Languages skills often enhance other skills such as secretarial, administrative or customer services, or professional and technical skills such as marketing, journalism or engineering. There are many areas of work in which languages can be a real asset.