Every student is allocated a First Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish) in Year 7.

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Head of Department: Mr A Green

Teacher of French: Mrs S Paden

Teacher of French: Mrs O Telford

Teacher of French: Mrs J Campling

Teacher of French: Mrs L Drummond

Teacher of French: Mr M Brundle

Teacher of French: Miss C Guadas Sanchis

Every student will study all three languages in Year 7, and at the end of Year 7, will choose their First Language to study up to GCSE in Year 11. They will continue with an allocated Second Language in Year 8 and Year 9, and may study this one too to GCSE. Students can then continue with French, German or Spanish into A-Level.

Our comprehensive Key Stage 3 MFL courses guarantee our students solid preparation to face the challenge of the GCSE course.

We offer a holistic approach to enhance the development of the four core skills (writing, reading, listening and speaking). Pupils will be offered wide-ranging opportunities to experience culture, such as residential Trips to France in Year 8/9 and theatre visits.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students will use the Acces Studio textbook as support material.  Pupils will study French for two terms in Year 7, and while they will make quick progress, the focus is on engagement and communication. The full list of topics covered is listed below:-

Topics Covered Grammar and Content
Introducing yourself, personal details, age, birthday, etc.

Project on Christmas in France.

School and school subjects, describing school, travel to school.

Family, siblings, pets, colours, physical descriptions.

Project on Easter in France.

End of year examination: reading/writing skills tested on all topics covered during the year

Free time, sports, going out, staying in, making arrangements to go out.

Classroom objects, classroom language, alphabet, sounds of letters, numbers 1-31.

Oral skills, transfer to writing, written accuracy.

Likes and dislikes.

Present tense of verbs, gender of nouns, adjectives, agreement of adjectives.

Oral and listening skills score based on performance during the year.
Immediate future tense (future plans), revise likes and dislikes.


Year 8

Students continue their course with “Studio 2”. Students have 5 periods a week (4 periods a week from September 2020). The Year 8 course seeks to bridge the gap between Year 7 and the GCSE course, with an emphasis on grammar, on writing and skills such as translating. Boys will be expected to become more independent in their learning, and to spend more of their own time on vocabulary learning.

GCSE French

GCSE French is studied using the New Edexcel French GCSE specification.

This new specification culminates in four papers taken at the end of Year 11: Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening. The four skills have got equal weight in the final grade. Years 9, 10 and 11 groups are using Studio Edexcel GCSE as a textbook and covering the GCSE topics described below but in a different order and with some adjustments.

The text book issued to students is called "Studio Edexcel GCSE" and boys are also expected to purchase ‘Studio Edexcel GCSE French Grammar and Translation Workbook’ for help with class and homework tasks.

Content of the French Course

  • Saying what you do in summer, Using the present tense, Listening to identify the person of the verb
  • Talking about holiday preferences, Using verbs of opinion to refer to different people, Understanding percentages
  • Saying what you did on holiday, Using the perfect tense, Using different structures to give opinions
  • Describing where you stayed, Using the imperfect tense, Working out the meaning of new words
  • Booking accommodation and dealing with problems, Using verbs with vous/tu, Using questions to form answers
  • Giving an account of a holiday in the past, Using three tenses together, Identifying positive and negative opinions
  • Giving opinions about school subjects, Describing school facilities, Describing school uniform and the school day, Using adjectives
  • Talking about subjects and teachers, Using comparatives and superlatives, Justifying opinions using a range of language
  • Describing your school, Using negatives, Comparing then and now
  • Talking about school rules and problems, Using phrases followed by the infinitive, Tackling harder listening exercises
  • Talking about plans for a school exchange, Using the near future tense, Asking and answering questions
  • Talking about activities and achievements, Using object pronouns, Saying how long you have been doing something
  • Talking about what you usually do, Using venir de + infinitive, Identifying correct statements about text
  • Talking about sports, Using the imperfect tense to say what you used to do, Listening for different tenses
  • Talking about what’s trending, Using the perfect tense, Using words which have more than one meaning
  • Discussing different types of entertainment, Using quantifiers, Adapting a model dialogue to fit different situations
  • Talking about who inspires you, Using a range of past tenses, Talking about dates
  • Describing the features of a region, Using on peut and il faut, Asking and responding to questions
  • Planning what to do, Using the future tense, Understanding the geography of France
  • Shopping for clothes and presents, Using demonstrative adjectives, Explaining preferences
  • Talking about problems in a town, Using si and tant de, Using antonyms
  • Describing a visit in the past, Using different tenses together, Recognising and using idioms
  • Describing mealtimes, Talking about daily routine, Talking about illnesses and injuries, Asking for help at the pharmacy
  • Talking about typical foods, Using the passive, Spotting words which indicate an increase / decrease
  • Comparing different festivals, Paying attention to question words
  • Describing a special day, Using reflexive verbs in the perfect tense, Inferring meaning in a literary text
  • Ordering in a restaurant, Using absolute superlatives, Spotting irregular verb patterns in the preterite
  • Talking about a music festival, Using expressions followed by the infinitive, Adding interest when narrating a story
  • Talking about how you earn money, Using the imperfect tense, Using verbs in different forms
  • Talking about work experience, Using the perfect and imperfect together, Using alternatives to ‘and’
  • Talking about the importance of learning languages, Using the present and the present continuous, Using savoir and connaître
  • Applying for a summer job, Using indirect object pronouns, Writing a formal letter
  • Discussing gap years, Revising the conditional, Using the 24-hour clock
  • Discussing plans for the future, Using different ways to express future plans, Using ‘if’ clauses
  • Considering global issues, Using the superlative, Listening for high numbers
  • Talking about local actions, Using the subjunctive, Presenting a written argument
  • Discussing healthy lifestyles, Understanding different tenses, Giving extended reasons
  • Talking about international sporting events, Using the pluperfect tense, Explaining your point of view
  • Talking about natural disasters, Using grammar knowledge in translation
  • Talking about the importance of learning languages.

Year 11 Spring Term should be dedicated to the following:

  • Completion of Speaking Booklets
  • Catching up with any topics not yet completed
  • Grammar work, using the Grammar and Translation books
  • Translation work, using the Grammar and Translation books
  • Past Papers
  • Going through any work that pupils would like to catch up on
  • Reading and Listening Skills

Course Summary for French Linear A level 2019-20

Exam Board: AQA

Students will work on the same four key skills of writing, speaking, listening and reading, but there will also be a greater emphasis on essay-writing, translation and writing summaries. As well as covering a variety of cultural topics relating to France and other French-speaking countries, students will need to read a French novel, watch a French film, and talk about both analytically.