The aims of the department are:

  • To enable pupils of all abilities to understand and use French effectively for practical communication.
  • To positively encourage the learning of other languages and their cultures.
  • To stimulate pupils into showing an interest in discovering other countries.
  • To enjoy language learning.
  • To raise European awareness and appreciation.

Key Teaching Activities

The main skills taught in the French classroom are Oracy, Reading and Writing (AT 1 -3 respectively). Through interactive, pupil-centred activities the department aims to enable all students to use French both actively and receptively. Lessons are delivered in French as far as possible, however we do appreciate that Year 7 pupils may need extra help and support at first.

Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to take part in a French trip to Eurodisney Paris in the March of Year 8.

The department maintains pupils’ interest and enthusiasm with a varied use of resources and approaches; flash cards, pair and group activities and games are all used extensively.

Assessment Programme

The department uses the series of KS3 coursebooks entitled “Expo” in Years 7, 8 and 9. Pupils are assessed in at least one Attainment Target (AT) at the end of each half term. These assessments will form the basis of the setting in year 8. Those who have performed well in these assessments in year 7 may have the opportunity to study German in Years 8 and 9.

Assessments will be drawn from the new course book, and cover a variety of activities/topics included within the book. Topic areas will include, in:

Year 7: Levels 1-3

  • Introducing oneself,
  • Colours and numbers,
  • Family and pets,
  • School.

Year 8: Levels 2 – 4/5

  • Sport and leisure activities,
  • House and Home,
  • Holidays and going abroad

Year 9: Levels 4-7

  • Daily routine and outings
  • Health and fitness
  • Food and drink
  • Camping, Hotels and restaurants.
  • Holidays abroad and getting around town
  • Past, present and future tenses.

Homework Policy

  • Much of the homework set in Year 7 consists of learning vocabulary. This may be in order to recognise or to employ the new language.
  • Year 9 homework involves more language production and manipulation.
  • The department uses a variety of sources to set relevant homework.

Equipment Needed Per Lesson

  • Every student will be given an exercise book, a vocabulary booklet and French toolkit booklet – which will be needed for every lesson.
  • A fully equipped pencil case (glue, scissors, coloured pencils) is also invaluable.
  • Every student will have self-evaluation pages in the toolkit booklet and a copy of the French National curriculum in their books.

How Can You Help Your Child

  • Encourage them to share their new subject with you.
  • Help them to learn vocabulary – just the spelling if you’re not confident with the pronunciation!
  • Please check their planner and progress grids regularly.

Key Stage 4

Why learn a language?

GCSE Languages will enhance the European and global awareness of candidates.

Following a course in any language should encourage students to derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning, and be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. Learners should recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society and also provide them with a suitable basis for further study and practical use of the language.


  • The French GCSE continues to develop the 4 skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing already begun in Key Stage 3 French. It is a brand new specification designed to offer learners linguistic skills.
  • In addition, many of the GCSE topics have already been encountered in Key Stage 3 and will thus be familiar to pupils.
  • French is a subject that will continue to be useful to pupils long after the GCSE course has finished, such as in the workplace and on holidays abroad!

What will I do in this subject?

  • Listen, read and respond to different types of language
  • Communicate in speech for a variety of purposes
  • Communicate in writing for a variety of purposes
  • Understand and apply the grammar of the language
  • Use a variety of multimedia resources and audiovisual equipment

Candidates should be able to use language for some of the following purposes:

  • To greet and address someone appropriately in the language
  • To ask for explanation, clarification and help
  • To make apologies
  • To initiate a conversation
  • To express agreement or disagreement

What kind of topics will I study during my GCSE?

Personal and social life Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships, future plans.

Local community Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons.

The world of work Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers, technology (sending messages, accessing information).

The wider world Travel and holidays, media, social issues (e.g, life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics),life in the countries and communities where the language is spoken.

French GCSE Summary Of Assessment

Unit 1: Listening (20%) Written Paper:

Approx. 35 minutes (F) approx. 45 minutes (H) 40 marks (40 UMS). Listening Comprehension with non-verbal responses and verbal responses in English/Welsh.

Unit 2: Speaking (30%) Controlled Assessment

(untiered) 40marks (60 UMS) 2 tasks:

  • Structured conversation
  • Presentation and discussion

Unit 3: Reading (20%) Written Paper:

35 minutes (F) 45 minutes (H) 40 marks (40 UMS)

Reading comprehension with non-verbal and verbal responses in English/Welsh.

Unit 4: Writing (30%) Controlled Assessment (untiered)

40 marks (60 UMS) 2 written tasks from different contexts.

What are the benefits of Foreign Languages in the “Real World”?

  • By choosing a language at GCSE, you open up many career paths.
  • All employers prefer their employees to speak a foreign language and here is your chance!
  • Due to popular demand for university places, students are being filtered and having a language puts you at the top of the tree.
  • 80% of people have to learn a language for work.
  • Only doctors, vets and dentists have higher employment rates than linguists!