Key Stage 3

Our aim is to develop students who are confident, independent learners of French.  In each module there is a strong teaching and learning focus on grammatical knowledge and awareness and students should be able to understand and use the past, present and immediate future tense by the end of year 8.  Lessons focus on a variety of activities which promote understanding through listening and reading tasks and which encourage practical communication in speaking and writing.  Cultural awareness is a key theme in each module and students learn to appreciate and compare life here with life in French speaking countries.  We also have access to a computer suite and the department subscribes to various websites which enable students to consolidate their learning in the classroom with a variety of fun, yet challenging activities.  Students are expected to learn key, high frequency vocabulary and phrases on a regular basis to improve their knowledge and literacy skills.

Year 7

In year 7, students are set according to ability and they have 2 one hour lessons per week.  Topics in year 7 include: school and me and my family.  Students have access to ICT facilities every other week.

 Year 8

In year 8, students are set according to ability and they have 3 one hour lessons per week. Topics include: hobbies and new technology, future plans and dreams, past experiences, and where I live.

Key Stage 4

Our KS4 curriculum aims to build on the work done at KS3.  Students learn how to express their own views and describe their own interests and backgrounds in the foreign language.  We also discuss wider global issues like the environment and the media and we continue to devote time to grammar, in order that students can manipulate the language, leading to a greater degree of independence and creativity. The development of communication skills, together with understanding the structure of the language, lay the foundations for future study of other languages and also support the development of literacy skills in a student’s own language.

 Key Stage 4 Courses Offered

Level 2 Qualification
Exam Board
Link to Website and specification
French (current year 9, 10 & 11) AQA

Extra Curricular Activities

The French department offers catch up and homework support every evening, except Wednesday.

We also offer students the opportunity to partake in an educational visit to Paris.

Useful Links use their school logon details.) Our interactive coursebooks can be found in the French section of Scalby learning, along with our learning homework sheets and various other resources to support students’ home learning.) (students have the username and password in their French books) (students have the user ID and password in their French books)