Department vision

To broaden our students’ understanding of the world, to develop strong, lifelong linguistic skills and guide them to become independent language learners. We also aspire to guide them to be creative and confident communicators of a foreign language in a wide variety of different situations.

Our aim is for all pupils to develop an understanding of French in a variety of contexts and to increase their knowledge of vocabulary and structures, transferable language learning skills, the ability to communicate effectively in the target language and cultural awareness of France. The knowledge and skills they develop will enhance their understanding and application for further language studies, as well as using French in many appropriate settings

French teaching focuses on developing the depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation, based on the sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. Pupils should be able to understand and respond to written language from a variety of authentic sources and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French.

What will my son/daughter learn at Key Stage 3?

Students learn the French language through a variety of activities devised to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

They learn how to apply the language in different situations of their everyday life. They also learn about the geography and the culture of France.

In Year 7, pupils are introduced to the language and culture of the country, and topics include meeting people, family and friends, home life, in town, daily routine and leisure activities.

In Year 8, topics include food and drink, jobs, activities in the past tense, and clothes.

In Year 9, students review Key Stage 3 key language and grammar and are introduced to the GCSE Theme 1: Identity and Culture, and study Personal Identity, Free Time and Cultural Life (Festivals).

How will I be assessed?

Key Stage 3 students are assessed for one or two of the four skills, with an assessment at the at the end of the unit studied.

Are there any learning opportunities beyond the classroom?

There is an organised trip to France in December for Years 7 and 8 students.

Which GCSE specification do we prepare pupils for?

AQA –   Further information about the AQA specification can be found by following this link: AQA GCSE French

What will my son/daughter learn at KS4?

Year 10: Revision of Theme 1. Introduction of GCSE Theme 2: Home and Local area, Holidays and Travel; Theme 3: School and Future Plans

Year 11: Revision of Themes 1-3.  Introduction of GCSE Theme 4: Work and Theme 5: Environment

How will I be assessed?

Key Stage 4 students are assessed for the four skills of GCSE exams throughout the course. The final assessment consists of examinations in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, and they can sit this exam in either the Foundation or Higher Tier.

Are there any learning opportunities beyond the classroom?

There is an organised trip to France in June/July for Years 9 and 10 students.

Do I need any special equipment to study French?

A French and English bilingual dictionary is essential.

Are there any websites that will support my son’s/daughter’s learning?



Lyrics Training

Languages Online

Language Gym

BBC Bitesize Key Stage 3

BBC Bitesize Key GCSE

Head of Department: Ms S. Alexis