The French department aims to embrace the French culture through the teaching of the language. The department also aims to teach the students transferable skills, which can be applied in many subjects and careers. We aim to make students’ learning an enjoyable experience in an atmosphere which promotes positive learning.
The language laboratory is used on a regular basis and on a rota of classes to allow all pupils to practise their listening and speaking skills in French. Most KS4 classes are timetabled in the language laboratory. Room 22 is also used as a French classroom. All classrooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard and a projector, as well as listening equipment.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 pupils currently have 4 lessons of French every fortnight. Year 8 and Year 9 pupils have 3 lessons of French every fortnight.
In year 7 pupils are taught the basic skills to be able to cope with understanding a foreign language through a range of topics. Pupils learn how to express themselves in the classroom; how to talk about themselves and their families; their school; their hobbies and how to express an opinion.
In year 8 pupils start to learn how to use and express tenses through a variety of topics including holidays and hobbies. Pupils also learn vocabulary and the skills to be able to hold conversations in the target language; for example to be able to shop abroad.
In year 9 pupils work towards a level 5 to 6 using all the skills they have gained in year 7 and 8. All pupils in year 9 will learn how to talk about their town and study hobbies, home life, food, keeping fit and how to lead a healthy lifestyle in greater details and with higher level of sophistication of language. All pupils study the main stream curriculum in order to prepare for a GCSE qualification.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 pupils have 5 lessons of French a fortnight. Pupils who have chosen French as an option follow a GCSE course. We follow the OCR qualification. During the course of the 2 years pupils will complete at least 2 oral controlled assessments and 2 written controlled assessments during lesson time to contribute towards their final GCSE. The French department runs booster classes on Wednesdays after school in order to support KS4 pupils throughout their GCSE learning.
At the end of September the department organises cultural activities to celebrate the European Day of Languages. Throughout the week, pupils are offered different European food at the canteen and they also take part in cultural quizzes. Year 8 take part in a European day event where we highlight the importance of using different languages and raise cultural awareness. This has been a very enjoyable and enriching experience in the past few years.
The French department offers a trip to France – usually during May or Easter half term to offer pupils the opportunity to experience French culture and language “hands-on”