French

Subject lead: Cayetana Fernandez

It is our intention that all students enjoy learning languages, and they are able to use the knowledge learnt to equip them to became successful citizens of a global community.

We aim to strive for success by creating confident communicators in either French or Spanish. Students will achieve that success by focusing on learning to:

• communicate confidently and competently in the Target language

• understand of how memory works and what techniques work best

• develop an understanding of TL grammar and vocabulary & therefore English grammar/vocabulary and able to retain it long term and apply it to different contexts

• appreciate other countries’ customs and traditions & therefore reflect on their own

• develop ambition and debunk myth that languages are too hard/irrelevant by giving pupils opportunity to shine

• broaden outlooks and horizons through awareness of TL culture

• appreciate other countries’ customs and traditions & therefore reflect on their own

Key Stage 3:

Year 7: By the end of the year students will be able to demonstrate accurate use of French phonics with familiar words and phrases. They will be able to greet other, introduce and describe themselves and their families, tell the time, give clear opinions supported by reasons and have a simple shopping conversation with a stranger. They will be able to use a bi-lingual dictionary to look for new word meanings and check present tense verb conjugations.

Year 8: By the end of the year students will be able to talk about themselves and their lives around them and express opinions and with reasons, use three tenses, more complex structures (comparative, imperative etc) and develop their knowledge of the Francophone culture.

Year 9: By the end of the year students will be confident with the comprehension and use of at least 3 tenses and opinions and be able to give reasons and justify them using complex language.  They will take responsibility for their own learning, recognise strengths of their ability in the language and request help to strengthen areas for development.  They will have a tool box of strategies and techniques for memorising and applying the language that will equip them to be successful at GCSE. 

Key Stage 4:

Year 10: By the end of the year pupils will be able to discuss at some length the topics of family and friends, relationships, pastimes and their house and region. They will have acquired a wider range of vocabulary and tenses and would have revisited topics seen at KS3.

Year 11: By the end of the year pupils will be ready to sit their examination. They will be able to discuss topics using a variety of tenses and opinions. They will be able to argue for and against opinions and will have a tool box of strategies and techniques to be successful in their examination.

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students will take 4 papers (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1: Listening

What’s assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)

40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)

25% of GCSEeral conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

Paper 2: Speaking

What’s assessed

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

How it’s assessed

Non-exam assessment

7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time

10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too:

Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)

Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)

General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

Paper 3: Reading

What’s assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)

60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE

Paper 4: Writing

What’s assessed

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier 25% of GCSE

Student Leadership:

We love to promote the love for language outside the lessons by organising days trips, residentials, languages days and clubs. We are also proud of our Language Ambassadors.