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Welcome to the French Department

    

French Department Vision

Our vision is to continually improve standards through an engaging and challenging curriculum.   We will endeavour to ensure that all language learners develop the skills and confidence to help enhance their chances of employability in the wider world.  We will equip our young people with the skills to achieve their full potential in a climate of mutual respect and personal responsibility.

Meet the French Team

Miss Martha Wardle - Director of Modern Foreign Languages

Mrs Tracey Stathers -  Head of Modern Foreign Languages

French Curriculum

Year 7 begin their journey at Kingswood Academy with an outstanding phonics programme to embed skills for speaking. Students at KS3 follow a curriculum design which mirrors the KS4 curriculum, ensuring a range of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are embedded.  Grammar techniques are a heavy focus at KS3 to enable students to embark on the GCSE course with confidence. At the end of each term each year group will study a cultural aspect to ensure they have a clear understanding of how Francophone countries celebrate different festivals.

Year 7

Term

1

2

3

4

5

6

Topic

Phonics and The Basics

My Studies

Family and Friends

Health and Mobile Technology

Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region

Holidays

Cultural Aspect

Halloween and All Saints Day

Christmas

Shrove Tuesday

Easter

Eid

Bastille Day


 
 

Year 8

Term

1

2

3

4

5

6

Topic

Free-time Activities

Health

Family, Relationships and Future Plans

Music, Cinema and Television.

Social Media and Mobile Technology

Jobs and Voluntary Work

Cultural Aspect

Halloween and All Saints Day

Christmas

St Valentine’s Day

Easter

Eid

Bastille Day

 

KS4 Curriculum

Year 9, 10 and 11 are working towards a full AQA French GCSE. They cover the topics below over a 3-year period which provides deep learning in preparation for their exams at the end of year 11. Topics are covered on a termly basis with time built in for thorough revision and preparation for exams in year 11. Throughout the year all year groups with learn about the cultural aspect of a festival in France which is now part of the new GCSE curriculum. This enables students to have a thorough understanding of the cultural aspect, in addition to the language aspect, of the course.

Year 9

Term

1

2

3

4

5

6

Topic

Family and Friends

Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region

My Studies

Food and Sport

Music, Cinema and Television.

Customs and Festivals

Cultural Aspect

Halloween and All Saints Day

Christmas

 

April Fool’s Day

Easter

Cannes Film Festival

Bastille Day


 

Year 10

Term

1

2

3

4

5

6

Topic

Life at School

Travel and Tourism

Health

Education Post 16

Career Choices

Social Media

Cultural Aspect

Halloween and All Saints Day

Epiphany and Christmas

Shrove Tuesday and Saint Valentine’s Day

Easter

Weddings in France

Bastille Day

 

 Year 11

Term

1

2

3

4

5

Topic

Global Issues - Environment and Poverty

Social Issues - Homelessness

Marriage and Relationships

Revision and Speaking Exams

Revision

Cultural Aspect

Halloween and All Saints Day

New Year and Christmas

April Fool’s Day, Candlemas, Shrove Tuesday, Saint Valentine’s Day

Easter

 

How do we assess students in French?

KS3

There is a rigorous assessment schedule within the French department. Students at KS3 are assessed in every topic using a variety of skills with grammar being a key focus. Students are formally assessed four times throughout the year. KS3 are also given regular verbal feedback each lesson and written feedback once every 3 weeks.  Following feedback, students are given the opportunity to act upon this and improve their own work.

KS4

Students at KS4 are assessed in every topic using a variety of skills with grammar being a key focus. Students are formally assessed four times throughout the year. KS4 are also given regular verbal feedback each lesson and written feedback once every 3 weeks. Following feedback, students are given the opportunity to act upon this and improve their own work. 

Examination Information

All exams are equally weighted at 25% each per exam.

 

Listening

Reading

Speaking

Writing

Foundation

35 minutes

45 minutes

7-9 minutes

(plus 12 minutes preparation time)

1 hour

Higher

45 minutes

1 hour

10-12 minutes

(plus 12 minutes preparation time)

1 hour 15 minutes

Homework Expectations

Both KS3 and KS4 are set homework regularly on Show My Homework. For KS3 there is a vocabulary learning task which enables students to practice vocabulary learned in lessons.

For KS4 vocabulary learning is also set as part of homework in addition to practice exam questions. The exam questions cover a range of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Whilst we test KS4 on specific vocabulary on Show My Homework, we expect them to constantly build their vocabulary at home through Quizlet, using their personalised log-in. 

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Head of French

Mrs. T. Stathers

01482 879967