Curriculum

French

French

Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9 French is taught for three lessons a week. During the course of year 9, students are given the opportunity to opt for French as a GCSE in years 10 and 11. In years 7 and 8 pupils follow a ‘Mastery Curriculum’ and in year 9 follow a ‘Bridging Curriculum’ to ensure they are well prepared for the GCSE 1-9.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE French

French is studied in years 10 and 11 for three periods a week. The GCSE is made up of four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  All four skills are tested externally at the end of Year 11.

Key Stage 5 – AS and A2 French

French can be studied at KS5 and followed as a one year course resulting in an AS qualification or for two years resulting in a A2 qualification.

KS3 Curriculum information

Curriculum content

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Myself: information about self; introducing and describing family members and pets. Family Hobbies: TV , Music, reading
Numbers Free time activities Jobs and future plans
School subjects Food and drink Healthy lifestyle
Hobbies Holidays When I was young
Where I live Clothes Holidays and travel
Time and daily routine Pocket money
KS3 (Years 7-9) Assessment
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Every half term, one of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test. Every half term, one of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test. Every half term, one of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test.
KS4 Curriculum information

Course content: Students will study a broad range of topics and subtopics.

  1. Myself and family: Describing self and family/ Problems with friends/ Hobbies and interests/ Sporting events.
  1. Media and culture: Music/ Media preferences/ Films and film reviews/ Making plans/ Describing events.
  1. Home and local environment: House, town  and local area.
  1. School Life: School description/ Lessons and teachers/ School routine/ Ideal school.
  1. Travel and tourism: Holidays/ Accommodation/ Food and drink/ A disaster.
  1. School and Future Plans: Work experience/ Part-time jobs/ Plans for the future – jobs/careers.
  1. Health and Lifestyle: Health lifestyle choices/ Youth problems.
  1. The Environment: Threats to the environment/ Green choices/ Climate changes.
KS4 Assessment

The GCSE is made up of four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. All skills are terminal exams sat in the summer of year 11 and each paper is worth 25%. The speaking exam takes place with subject teachers but is marked by an external examiner.

KS5 Curriculum information

Course content: Students will study a broad range of topics and subtopics

The new Advanced Level French will consist of the following topics:

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • Works: Literacy texts and films
  • Grammar
KS5 Assessment

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

What’s assessed:

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 160 marks in total
  • 40% of A-level

Paper 2: Writing

What’s assessed:

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 90 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

Paper 3: Speaking

What’s assessed:

  • Individual research project
  • One of four sub-themes ie. Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends,
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues,
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world,
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

How it’s assessed:

  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level
General Information

Useful Skills

Language learning especially appeals to people who enjoy logical thinking and pattern spotting: if you are good at maths or music, then you are probably a great linguist.

A good understanding of basic grammar in English (or another language) is essential to language learning. Most importantly, you must want to communicate with others and have an interest in other cultures.

Useful Websites

www.jesuites.com/2012/01/europe-infos/

www.1jour1actu.com

Call@Hull

www.bonjourdefrance.com

tv5.org

www.rfi.fr

www.frenchteacher.net

jde.fr

google.fr

fr.yahoo.com

ipsos.fr

ados.fr

lesclesjunior.com

radiofrance.fr

bbc.co.uk

touslesmedias.com

realfrench.net