French

Why learn a new language?

  • Learning new vocabulary and grammar is a great way to develop your brain power 
  • Listening to a different language improves your powers of concentration and comprehension 
  • Speaking a different language develops your self-confidence and oracy skills 
  • It’s a challenge and develops your resilience and determination
  • The best colleges, universities and employers recognise its value 
  • 75% of the world’s population does not speak English at all 
  • Learning about a different culture makes you more aware of the global community and how other people live 
  • You'll have the opportunity to visit other countries, experience the culture first hand and speak the language 
  • It's fun!

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela

“What matters most is being able to understand and to be understood. ‘Fluent’ is an inhibitor, ‘functional’ is a liberator.”
John Wome, Director of Strategy, British Council

Key Stage 3

What will I learn?
What will I do?
Year 7

Term 1French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give simple descriptions including likes and dislikes and correct use of adjectives.
French phonics
Introductions and greetings
Likes and dislikes
Describing yourself
Describing members of your family/friends
Physical descriptions including hair, eyes and character
Term 2Develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present and past tenses using adjectives correctly.

School subjects
School timetable
Eating at school
Computers and mobile phone usage
Sports and hobbies
Term 3Develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present and past tenses using adjectives correctly.
Computers and mobile phone usage
Sports and hobbies
Animals
Year 8

Term 1 Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present and past tenses using adjectives correctly.
TV, films and books
Online activities
Term 2Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present, past and future tenses using adjectives correctly. Complex structures such as the comparative will also be explored.
Nationalities
My town
Going out
My home and area
Term 3Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present, past, future and conditional tenses using adjectives correctly. Complex structures such as the comparative will also be further developed. The use of modal verbs will be introduced.
Holidays
Year 9

Term 1Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present, past, future and conditional tenses using adjectives correctly. Complex structures such as the comparative will also be further developed.
Personality
Relationships with family and friends
Fashion
Musical preferences
Term 2Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present, past, future and conditional tenses using adjectives correctly. Complex structures such as the comparative and the use of modal verbs will also be further developed.
Food
Health
Customs and celebrations
Term 3Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present, past, future and conditional tenses using adjectives correctly. Complex structures such as the comparative and the use of modal verbs will also be further developed. The superlative will be introduced.
Customs and celebrations
French culture – Review of a film

Some students follow an adapted curriculum, focused on the development of communication skills.

Key Stage 4: AQA GCSE French


What will I learn?
What will I do?
Year 10

Term 1Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present, past, future and conditional tenses using adjectives correctly. A range of complex structures will be explored.
Relationships with family and friends
Marriage and partnership
Social media
Mobile technology
Term 2Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present, past, future and conditional tenses using adjectives correctly. A range of complex structures will be further developed.

Music, cinema and TV
Food and eating out
Sport
Home
Where I live
Term 3Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present, past, future and conditional tenses using adjectives correctly. A range of complex structures will be further developed.
Charity and voluntary work
Healthy and unhealthy living
Year 11

Term 1 Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present, past, future and conditional tenses using adjectives correctly. A range of complex structures will be further developed.
School and subjects
Life at school and college
University or work?
Choice of career

Term 2Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present, past, future and conditional tenses using adjectives correctly. A range of complex structures will be further developed.
Holidays and travel
Regions of France
Term 3Further develop knowledge of French sounds and spellings and how they link together.
Develop listening and reading skills and be able to ask for and give detailed descriptions including justified likes and dislikes in the present, past, future and conditional tenses using adjectives correctly. A range of complex structures will be further developed.
Environment
Poverty and homelessness