French at Bower Park Academy
What are our aims at Key Stage 3?
Our aim is for all pupils to develop an understanding of French in a variety of contexts and 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 GCSE) as well as using French in any appropriate settings
MFL 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 the language studied.
What will I learn?
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)
Which GCSE specification do we prepare pupils for?
AQA – Further information about the AQA specification can be found by following the link below: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658
What will my son/daughter learn at Key Stage 4?
Revision of Theme 1. Introduction of GCSE Theme 2: Home and Local area, Holidays and Travel; Theme 3: School and Future plans
Revision of Themes 1-3. Introduction of GCSE Theme 4: Work and Theme 5: Environment
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.
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 are two organised trips to France – In December Y7/Y8 and in June/July for the Y9/Y10.
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?
- Speak Languages.com
- BBC Bitesize KS3
- French Online
Internet Sites for GCSE Students
- BBC Bitesize GCSE
- Wild French – Edexcel GCSE past papers (the topics are very similar to AQA)
- Zut! Language Skills – GCSE revision available free after 4pm
- Revision Centre – GCSE general revision site with useful advice
- TV5 Monde – watch French TV
- Languages Online – grammar, topics and vocabulary practice
Mrs J. Alexis, Head of Modern Foreign Languages
If you wish to contact me, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org