Welcome to Modern Foreign Languages
We are a very enthusiastic and experienced team, who are committed to provide a language programme accessible for all students. Very importantly, we encourage the students to view the subject positively in order to feel successful in their language learning experience. We also believe that Modern Foreign Languages can contribute to numeracy and literacy alongside the ability to work with others. Students are rewarded not only for the quality of their work but also their effort and their contribution to the lessons.
We want students to be confident enough to use their knowledge of the language as much as possible in the class and beyond. Therefore, all lessons will be delivered in French and students will be expected to respond in the target language.
As well reading, writing, reading, listening and translation skills, we want students to develop their individual and collaborative thinking skills and to become indepedent learners. So the students are encouraged to reflect on their work and how to improve their own learning and performances.
Homework projects are set in Year 7, 8 and 9 in accordance with the school’s homework project policy. Extra vocabulary learning homeworks may also be set, in order to widen the students’ range of vocabulary.
At KS4 weekly homeworks are set with the aim to develop the key skills required for the examinations. Furthermore, Vocabulary tests will be regularly set, as it is vital that students regularly memorise new key words to enhance their understanding of the language.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 and Year 8
Students follow the French schemes of work published by Oxford and based on the textbooks Allez 1 and Allez 2. The curriculum offers a range of opportunities for students:
- To learn about the cultural aspect of the language, such as traditions in France and other francophone countries. This will enable students to access a real insight into life in the French speaking world.
- To find out about cross-curricular aspects of the language being learnt, such as the history and the geography of France. This will provide students with a more global understanding of another part of the world.
- In Year 7, the students will reinforce some aspects of what they learnt at KS2 but mainly they will cover new topics such as home life, their living environment, food, school life and free time activities.
- In Year 8, they will cover, fashion, media, new technology. Grammatically, the emphasis will be on the 3 tenses; present, past and future.
Most students will start the GCSE French course based on the Edexcel syllabus and they will follow the French schemes of work based on the studio 4 course. Teachers will differentiate the syllabus to make it accessible to all students. Students will cover key topics for the GCSE and will be regularly assessed on the 5 skills they need to master at KS4.
Our goal in year 9 is to get students to understand the requirements of the GCSE course and increase students’ confidence about their linguistic skill. In doing so, we hope students see the value of learning a language and opt to carry it on in year 10 and 11!
Year 10 and Year 11
GCSE Modern Languages – French
- Grammar skills acquired at KS3 will be revisited, reinforced and improved, as well as new ones
- During the 2 years course you will reinforce and develop some topics covered at KS3, but also learn about new themes.
- Questions across all four language skills are set regularly, covering a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes:
- Identity and culture
- Local area, holiday, travel
- Future aspirations, study and work
- International and global dimension
- Students will be expected to have weekly vocabulary tests in order to improve their range of
All four language skills are assessed: speaking (25%), reading (25%), listening (25%) and writing (25%)
- All 4 skills are assessed at the end of year 11
- There is an option for either a foundation or higher tier entry
Why choose this subject?
- It is a life skill
- It is considered highly desirable for a number of different careers, colleges and university courses
- It gives you options to work directly in the international world
- It is a challenge!
- It enables you to develop essential skills, such as working independently and a range of thinking skills.