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.
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:
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!
All four language skills are assessed: speaking (25%), reading (25%), listening (25%) and writing (25%)