Learning a foreign language helps pupils gain valuable insights into the way people in other countries live and think. They also gain a greater understanding of the way languages work. This can help them both in their learning of English and can enable them to learn other languages more readily in the future.
Years 7 - 9
Students develop their speaking, reading, listening and writing skills using a variety of media to build their understanding of French language and culture. Authentic video clips, stories, poetry and music are used to enhance understanding.
Students are encouraged to become independent learners and to understand the transferability of language they have learnt into different contexts as well as using a range of structures to express their own ideas.
The topics covered are as follows:
Year 7: Introductions and talking about yourself; School; Hobbies; Where you live; Holidays; Kirikou – a French Film.
Year 8: Technology; Paris; Likes and dislikes; Your home; Your talents; Le Petit Nicolas – a French Film.
Year 9: Social Life; Health; Your future; Holidays; Talking about what matters to you; The French Revolution
Years 10 and 11 (GCSE)
The course follows the AQA specification. Students complete four controlled Assessments (two writing and two speaking) during the course, each of which is worth 15% of the final result (60% in total). There will be an additional listening and reading exam sat at the end of year 11, worth 20% of the final result.
The topics covered in the course are:
Year 10: Relationships and Choices; Health; Social Issues; Free Time and the Media; Work Experience.
Year 11: School/College and Future Educational Plans, Work and Education; Holidays; Current and Future jobs; Home and Local Area; Environment.