Independent day school
for girls 3 - 18 and boys 3 - 11
with boarding for girls from 9

French

Year 7 Curriculum

In Year 7 pupils consolidate and develop their understanding, speaking and writing in French.

They become familiar with the sounds, written form and grammar of the language, and use this knowledge with increasing confidence and competence to express themselves in role-plays, conversations and writing.

They improve their understanding of the language by listening to people talking about different subjects and by reading a range of texts.

They also increase their cultural awareness by communicating with people who speak the language and by using materials from countries and communities where French is spoken.

Topics covered:

  • Greetings
  • Classroom objects and instructions
  • Numbers and the alphabet
  • Home, local area and French towns
  • Pets
  • Important dates and festivals
  • The weather
  • Hobbies
  • School
  • Food and drinks
  • The 24 hour clock
  • Helping at home.

Grammar covered:

  • Genders and plurals of nouns and adjectives
  • Articles
  • Adjectives
  • Prepositions
  • Written accents
  • Different forms of address
  • The present tense of ‘er’ regular verbs and common irregular verbs
  • Asking questions
  • The use of ‘on’
  • The negative.

Year 8 Curriculum

In Year 8 pupils continue to consolidate and develop their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. They improve their language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Pupils listen to longer extracts made up of familiar material from several topics, including present and past events. The language is spoken at near normal speed in every day circumstances. They identify and note main points and specific details, including opinions.

They take part in short conversations, seeking and conveying information and opinions in simple terms. They refer to recent experiences as well as everyday activities and interest. Pupils develop their confidence and increase their fluency.

They become more familiar reading a variety of longer texts that cover past and present events and include familiar language in unfamiliar contexts. They scan written material and identify and note main points and specific details, including points of view. They are more confident in using context and their knowledge of grammar to work out the meaning of language they do not know.

Pupils learn how to write longer and more complex sentences in short paragraphs. They refer to past and present actions and events. They apply grammar in new contexts. They use their glossaries and dictionaries to check up words they have learnt and to look up unknown words.

They keep widening their cultural knowledge by using materials from countries and communities where French is spoken.

Topics covered:

  • Shopping for food and drinks
  • Money and prices
  • Villages, towns and countries
  • Transport
  • School life and French schools
  • Families and staying with a French family
  • Restaurants and caf?s
  • Travel and holidays
  • Clothes
  • The body and aches and pains
  • Outings and invitations.

Grammar covered:

  • Present, Perfect and Imperative tenses of all verbs
  • The negative form
  • Demonstrative adjectives
  • Asking questions
  • Adjectival agreements
  • Comparatives
  • Direct object pronouns.

Year 9 Curriculum

In Year 9 pupils continue to develop subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding.

  1. Acquiring knowledge and understanding of the target language:
    • Principles and interrelationships of sounds and writing
    • Grammar and how to apply it
    • Use of a range of vocabulary and structures to express oneself.
  2. Developing language skills:
    • Listening for gist and detail
    • Pronunciation, intonation and fluency
    • Asking and answering questions
    • Communicating in the target language in pairs and in groups with their teacher
    • Strategies to deal with the unpredictable
    • Techniques for skimming and scanning written texts for information
    • Improving accuracy.
  3. Developing language – learning skills
    • Memorising vocabulary, phrases and short extracts
    • Using context and other clues to interpret meaning
    • Using dictionaries effectively
    • Developing independence in learning and using the target language.
  4. Developing cultural awareness:
    • Working with authentic material in the target language
    • Comparing their own culture to the cultures of the countries and communities where the target language is spoken.
  5. Homework to include:
    • Vocabulary learning
    • Reading comprehensions
    • Speaking practice
    • Written tasks
    • Research about the target language countries and communities.

Years 10 & 11 French GCSE (optional subject)

Examination Board: OCR
Specification Number: J730

Why choose to study French at GCSE?

The ability to communicate in foreign languages is needed in order to compete successfully in a multilingual environment. After English, French remains one of the most widely used languages – not only within the European Union, but worldwide.

Course Details

The specification covers five topics: home and local area, health and sport, leisure and entertainment, travel and the wider world and education and work. The aim of this course is to develop and encourage communication and effective understanding of the foreign language set in its cultural context.

Examination Details

Paper 1 Listening 20% final examination
Paper 2 Speaking 30% controlled assessment
Paper 3 Reading 20% final examination
Paper 4 Writing 30% controlled assessment

Listening and Reading can be taken either at Foundation Tier or Higher Tier.
Speaking and Writing are differentiated by outcome.

 

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