Modern Foreign Languages

The French department is very experienced, enthusiastic , and committed to providing 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 also contribute to numeracy, literacy, and working 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, students will be expected to use the target language as much as they can, which will support their pronunciation and confidence to speak in front of an audience.

As well reading, writing, reading, listening and translation skills, we want students to develop their individual and collaborative thinking skills and to become independent learners. Therefore, the students are encouraged to reflect on their work and how to improve their own learning and performance.

Homework is set in accordance with the school policy.  Extra vocabulary learning homeworks may also be set, in order to widen the students’ range of vocabulary.

At KS4, weekly homeworks are expected to be completed and aim to develop the key skills required for the examinations. Furthermore,Vocabulary learning  will be regularly set via and , as it is vital that students regularly memorise new key words to enhance further their understanding of the language.

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In Years 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 lot 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 learning, such as the history and the geography of France, which will provide students a global understanding of other parts 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 and school life. Grammatically we will focus on sentences’ construction ( pronoun, verbs, adjectives, word order).

In Year 8, they will cover topics like going out, fashion, media, sports and free time activities Grammatically,  The emphasis will be on the 3 tenses, present, past and future.

In Year 9, students will focus  on some of the basics needed to feel secure at KS4, such as key tenses, present, past and future, as well as opinions and increasing their range of vocabulary.   Students will cover some  key topics for the GCSE and will be assessed on the five skills they need to master at KS4: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

We will also develop the cultural learning of the French learning by researching World War 2 through the media.

We want the students to understand the requirements of the GCSE course. We aim to increase students’ confidence about their linguistic skills and hopefully choose a language at KS4.


KS4 – Years 10 & 11

GCSE Modern Languages – French

Course Content:

  • Grammar skills acquired at KS3 will be revisited, reinforced and improved, as well as new ones introduced.
  • 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 in common, covering a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes:
    • Identity and culture
    • Local area, holiday, travel
    • School
    • Future aspirations, study and work
    • International and global dimension

Homework expectations:

Students will be expected to have weekly vocabulary tests in order to improve their range of vocabulary.


All four language skills assessed: Speaking (25%), Reading (25%), Listening (25%) and Writing (25%)

  • All 4 skills assessed through end of  Year 11 final exams.
  • Foundation and higher tiers of entry

Why choose this subject?

  • It is a life skill.
  • It is considered highly desirable for a number of different careers college 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 thinking skills.

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