Year 7

The French scheme of work in Year 7 aims to encourage:

  • Linguistic Competence
  • Knowledge of language and the ability to manipulate it
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Inter-cultural understanding: see the world through someone else’s eyes

The emphasis is on communication and having fun while you learn, with plenty of oral practice and games.

Setting
Students are set across groups of three forms. There is a larger set 1 and two smaller parallel sets.

Text book
Expo 1

Topics covered

  • Meeting people
  • School objects and the alphabet
  • Counting up to 100
  • Giving your age
  • Saying when your birthday is
  • Giving the date
  • Talking about the classroom
  • Saying what colour things are
  • Talking about brothers and sisters
  • Talking about your family
  • Talking about your pets
  • Describing yourself and others
  • Telling the time
  • Talking about your school subjects
  • Talking about what there is in your town
  • Giving opinions and reasons
  • Talking about your timetable
  • Talking about what you do after school
  • Talking about sports and games
  • Saying what you like to do

The teaching of grammar will be incorporated into these topics.

Homework
Homework is set once a week. This will include vocabulary and grammar learning and short written tasks to reinforce learning.

Module tests
Module tests will be done after each module in the skills of listening and reading.

Year 8

The French scheme of work in Year 8 continues to encourage:

  • Linguistic Competence
  • Knowledge of language and the ability to manipulate it
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Inter-cultural understanding
Setting
Students are setted across groups of three forms. There is a larger set 1 and two smaller parallel sets.
 
Text book
Studio 2 (Rouge with Set 1, Vert with Set 2)
 
Topics covered
  • Module 1- T'es branché - television, film, leisure, hobbies, opinions
  • Module 2 - Paris je t'adore - holiday, travel, opinions
  • Module 3 - Mon identité - personal information, personal relationships, clothes, music
  • Module 4 - Chez moi, Chez toi - where I live, house, home, food
  • Module 5 - Quel talent! - leisure, hobbies
The teaching of grammar continues to be taught within the above topics, to a greater extent in Set 1. In Year 8 students are introduced to the perfect (past) tense as well as the near future tense, in order for them to increase the complexity and sophistication of the language they produce.
 
Homework
Homework is set once a week. This will include vocabulary and grammar learning and short written tasks to reinforce learning.
 
Module tests
Module tests will be done after each module in the skills of listening and reading.
Year 9

The French scheme of work in Year 9 continues to encourage:

  • Linguistic Competence
  • Knowledge of language and the ability to manipulate it
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Inter-cultural understanding
Setting
Students are setted across groups of three forms. There is a larger set 1 and two smaller parallel sets.
 
Topics covered
  • Unité 1 Planète Facebook
    • Talking about Facebook
    • Using present tense verbs
  • Unité 2 Comment tu trouves …?
    • Giving your opinion about someone
    • Using direct object pronouns
  • Unité 3 Tu viens aussi?
    • Arranging to go out
    • Using the near future tense
  • Unité 4 Ça s’est bien passé?
    • Describing a date
    • Using the perfect tense
  • Unité 5 Fou de musique!
    • Describing a music event
    • Using three tenses
The teaching of grammar continues to be taught within the above topics, to a greater extent in Set 1. In Year 9 students are encouraged to incorporate three tenses into the language they write and speak, as well as giving opinions and using connectives and intensifiers, so as to enable them to produce the standard of language required at GCSE.
 
Homework
Homework is set once a week. This will include vocabulary and grammar learning as well as written tasks to reinforce learning.
 
Module tests
Module tests will be done after each module and will cover all four skills – Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.
GCSE

In Key Stage 4 students have the option to continue with French or to study German or Spanish from scratch.

A GCSE language course enables students to develop the ability to use language effectively for the purpose of practical communication. Learning a language is fun and great for building confidence too. As well as language skills, students will learn a wide variety of transferable skills, highly valued by employers and universities. These include communication skills, problem solving skills, team work and the ability to be flexible and cope in difficult situations. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and the people of the country/countries where the language is spoken.
 
This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.
 
Year 10 topics
  • Self, family & friends
  • Free time & leisure
  • School
  • Work & future plans
Year 11 topics
  • Holidays
  • Health & lifestyle
  • Where I live
  • Environment
  • Revision of all topics
Course Assessment
Your final GCSE grade will be made up of the following:
 
Year 10
Writing controlled assessment - 15%
Speaking controlled assessment - 15%
 
Year 11
Speaking controlled assessment - week commencing 14th Nov - 15%
Writing controlled assessment - week commencing 20th March - 15%
Reading exam - May - 20%
Listening exam - May - 20%
 
The speaking and writing controlled assessments are internal exams which are set by your teachers. The reading and listening exams are external exams which are set by the exam board.
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