French

Aims

The French department aims to provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with both the spoken and written language, as well as broaden their understanding of the culture of French-speaking countries. France is Britain’s closest neighbour and is, for many, the gateway to Europe.  French is widely spoken in the world and has a rich heritage in literature, philosophy and the arts in general.

Curriculum and Assessment Maps

Key Learning Constructs to be developed over the academic year

Present tense of the verb ‘avoir’

Present tense of the verb ‘etre’

Present tense of regular ‘er’ verbs

Expressing opinions and justifying them

Comparative adjectives

Clauses using quand

Scheme of Learning Autumn Term

How to say my name and age

How to say someone else’s name and age

How to count from 1-15

A range of common French names

The words for brother and sister

Where I and another person are from

When my birthday is

Numbers from 15-31

Months

I am and he/she is

Where I live and am from

If I live in a flat or a house

What my accomodation looks like and where it is located

The names of famous cities and countries in the French speaking world

The verb ‘to be’

I will also revisit :

-Introducing myself

-Speaking about age and birthday

How many people there are in my family

If I get along with them

Words for family members

What their age is

Numbers from 31-100

I will also revisit :

-Numbers from 1-31

Assessment Pieces Autumn Term

Reading and Listening with a variety of question types

Scheme of Learning Spring Term

To describe what a person’s hair and eyes are like

To describe details about their faces

Colours

How to say I wear and he/she wears

I will also revisit :

-Common French names

-The verb ‘avoir’ (to have) in the first and third person singular

-Numbers 1-15

What your immediate family members are like

Adjectives to describe them

The third person of the verb être (to be) : il est and elle est

All persons of the verb avoir (to have) in the present tense

I will also revisit :

-Numbers 1-31

-Hair and eyes description

More/less than

As…..as

New adjectives to describe people

I will also revisit :

-Family members

Say what clothes I wear in various circumstances and places

Describe various types of weather

Give a wide range of words for clothing and accessories

Use a range of words for places in a town

Use all persons with the verb porter (to wear)

I will also revisit :

-Time and frequency markers

-Colours

-Present tense of the verb avoir (to have)

-Noun to adjective agreement

Assessment Pieces Spring Term

Extended writing task

Scheme of Learning Summer Term

What activities I do using the verbs jouer (to play) faire (to do) and aller (to go)

What activites you do in different types of weather

Where you do them and who you do them with

Words for places in a town

I will also revisit :

-Time and frequency markers

-Weather

-Expressing likes and dislikes

-Adjectives

-Clothes

-Family members

-Numbers 1-100

What food you like and dislike with reasons why

use all persons with the verbs manger (to eat ), prendre (to take) déjeuner (to have lunch), dîner (to have dinner) and boire (to drink)

What I eat at each meal

This and these

I will also revisit :

-Time markers

-Justifying choices

-Noun to adjective agreement

What jobs people do

Why they like/dislike those jobs

Where they work

Adjectives to describe jobs

use all persons with the verb travailler (to work)

I will also revisit :

-Family members

-The verb être ( all persons)

-Describing people

Assessment Pieces Summer Term

Speaking assessment 

Outside the taught curriculum

Christmas in France – Autumn Term

French cinema (Petit Nicolas Film) – Autumn Term

Study of French speaking countries in West Africa – Autumn Term

Virtual Tour of Paris – Autumn Term

French Independence Day (Bastille Day July 14th) – Summer Term

Suggested wider reading/enrichment for Year 7

A collection of French short stories available on loan in the library

www.quizlet.co.uk for vocabulary practice

www.senecalearning.com for vocabulary practice

www.memrise.com for vocabulary practice

Key Learning Constructs to be developed over the academic year

Immediate future tense

Conditional tense using modal verb vouloir

Perfect tense using verbs that take avoir and etre

Imperfect tense to describe

Perfect tense of reflexive verbs

Present tense of regular and irregular verbs

Relative clauses: ce que

Si and quand clauses

Negative sentences

Object pronouns

Infinitive verb constructions

Scheme of Learning Autumn Term

What you intend to do in future holidays

Where you are going to go

Where you are going to stay

Who you are going to travel with

What it will be like

Means of transport

To describe a where I went on holiday last and where I stayed

To express opinions about holiday accommodation

To talk about what my family, friends and I did during a holiday

To give my opinion about what I liked and disliked

I will also revisit

-The perfect tense of regular and irregular verbs

-The verb aller (to go)

-Free time activities

-Adjectives

Assessment Pieces Autumn Term

Reading and Listening tasks with a variety of question types

Scheme of Learning Spring Term

What I like/dislike to watch on the TV and why

How often I watch TV

What I watched on the TV

What I would like to watch on the TV

Say what I enjoy reading and why

What I have read recently and what I thought about it

What I would like to read

What films I like to watch and why

What films I have recently seen and what I thought of them

What film I would like to watch

What I do online in my free time and why

What music I like/dislike and why

Why I like a particular group/singer

I will also revisit :

-Time and frequency markers

-Expressing opinions and justifying them

-Present tense

-Perfect tense

-Adjectives

Assessment Pieces Spring Term

Extended writing task

Scheme of Learning Summer Term

Say what clothes I wear in various circumstances and places

Describe various types of weather

Give a wide range of words for clothing and accessories

Use a range of words for places in a town

Use all persons with the verb porter (to wear)

I will also revisit :

-Time and frequency markers

-Colours

-Present tense of the verb avoir (to have)

-Noun to adjective agreement

What jobs people do

Why they like/dislike those jobs

Where they work

Adjectives to describe jobs

use all persons with the verb travailler (to work)

I will also revisit :

-Family members

-The verb être ( all persons)

-Describing people

What daily activities I do

What time I do things

Describe what I ‘can’, ‘have to’, ‘must’ and ‘want’ to do#

Assessment Pieces Summer Term

Speaking Assessment

Outside the taught curriculum

Virtual trip to Paris – Autumn Term

French Theatre company delivering a production in French – Spring Term

Study of a French film – Spring Term

Study of French music festival – Spring Term

Study of a fiction book in French – Spring Term

Language Immersion challenge – Summer Term

Suggested reading for Year 8

A collection of short, French stories available from the library

www.quizlet.co.uk for vocabulary practice

www.senecalearning.com for vocabulary practice

www.memrise.com for vocabulary practice

Key Learning Constructs to be developed over the academic year

Present tense of reflexive verbs

Comparative and superlative adjectives

Relative clauses; qui, ce qui and ce que

Immediate future tense

Possessive adjectives

Infinitive verb constructions

Impersonal structures (negative also)

Si clauses

Comparisons with nouns

Negative sentences

Scheme of Learning Autumn Term

What my family look like

What they are like as people

How I get along with my family and why

A recent activity I have done with my family

What I am going to do with my family next weekend

My future relationship plans

I will also revisit :

-The past tense with avoir and être

-Adjective to noun agreement

-The immediate future tense

-Present tense of avoir and être

-Present tense of regular ‘er’ verbs – all pronouns

The environmental issues that my town is facing

What I do on a day-to-day basis to help the environment

What must be done to combat these environmental problems

What I did last weekend that helped the environment

I will also revisit :

-The past tense with avoir and être

-The immediate future tense

-Present tense of regular ‘er’ ‘ir’ and ‘re’ verbs

-Impersonal structures

-Negative sentences

Assessment Pieces Autumn Term

Reading and Listening with a variety of question types

Scheme of Learning Spring Term

Describe the volunteering work that I do

Talk about the volunteering work that I did last weekend

Give details about my healthy/unhealthy lifestyle

Talk about my health plans for the future

I will also revisit :

-The perfect tense of regular and irregular verbs

-The immediate future tense

-Present tense of regular and irregular verbs – er, ir and re

-Impersonal structures including the negative form

-Time markers

-Reflexive verbs

Assessment Pieces Spring Term

Writing Task

Scheme of Learning Summer Term

Describe what celebrations I enjoy and how I celebrate

Talk about a recent celebration that I enjoyed with family and friends

Give details about a festival I would like to experience in France or a french speaking country

I will also revisit:

-The perfect tense of regular and irregular verbs

-The immediate future tense

-Present tense of regular and irregular er, ir and re verbs

Assessment Pieces Summer Term

Speaking Assessment

Outside the taught curriculum

Residential Trip to Paris

French lunchtime book club

Suggested reading

A collection of short French stories available from the library

www.quizlet.co.uk for vocabulary practice

www.senecalearning.com for vocabulary practice

www.memrise.com for vocabulary practice

Key Learning Constructs to be developed over the academic year

Present tense of regular and irregular verbs

Perfect tense of regular and irregular verbs

Reflexive verbs

Future tense – immediate and simple

Infinitive verb constructions

Si clauses

Object pronouns

Adjectives – comparatives and agreement

Negative structures

Perfect and present infinitive

Adverbs of frequency

Conditional tense of regular and irregular verbs

Impersonal structures

Scheme of Learning Autumn Term

Me, my family and friends – describing self, family and friends and how you get along with them, talking about future relationships and discussing future relationship choices

Technology in everyday life – talking about the uses of social media and mobile technology, discussing the dangers of the online world

Assessment pieces Autumn Term

Reading and Listening tasks with a variety of question types

Scheme of Learning Spring Term

Free Time activities – describing what you do in your free time to include TV, film and music, eating out and sporting activities that you enjoy

Home, town, neighbourhood and region – describing your home and your ideal home, your town and what you can do there and the negative aspects of your region

Assessment pieces Spring Term

Extended piece of writing on a choice of topics

Scheme of Learning Summer Term

Social issues – describing the charitable work that you do in your community, talking about healthy lifestyles and what can be done to improve your health and fitness

Assessment pieces Summer Term

Speaking assessment

Outside the taught curriculum

Speakers promoting the benefits of languages in the workplace

Student leadership opportunities delivering Masterclasses to local primary schools

Suggested reading

A collection of short French stories available from the library

CGP French Knowledge Organisers and Retrievers

French GCSE revision guides

Key Learning Constructs to be developed over the academic year

Present tense of regular and irregular verbs including daily routine reflexive verbs

Perfect tense of regular and irregular verbs with avoir and être

Perfect infinitive

Imperfect tense with avoir, être and opinion verbs

Impersonal structures including in the negative form

Modal verbs – pouvoir and devoir

Conditional tense of avoir and être

Si and quand clauses

Infinitive verb construictions

Present participle

Simple future tense using regular and irregular verbs

Conditional tense of avoir and être

Impersonal structures including in the negative form

Scheme of Learning Autumn Term

Life at school and college – describing a day in school, a recent school visit, school rules and uniform, ideal school

Jobs, career choices and ambitions – talking about future options in terms of university or apprenticeships or gap years, advantages and disadvantages of certain

Jobs and ideal job

Assessment pieces Autumn Term

Mock Exam – Writing, Reading and Listening

Scheme of Learning Spring Term

Travel and Tourism – describing holidays in detail in the present and past tenses, describing future and ideal holidays 

Social and Global issues – describing how environmentally friendly you and your town are, what environmental problems your town is facing and what can be done to combat them, what you did last week that was good for the environment

Assessment pieces Spring Term

Mock Speaking Exam

Scheme of Learning Summer Term

Revision of Themes 1 and 2

Assessment pieces Summer Term

GCSE Examination

Outside the taught curriculum

Student leadership opportunities through delivering Masterclasses to local Primary schools

Suggested reading

GCSE Key Recall Question booklet for independent practice

Sentence builders for each unit for independent practice

www.quizlet.co.uk for vocabulary practice

www.senecalearning.com for vocabulary practice

www.memrise.com for vocabulary practice

www.languagenut.com for listening, reading and speaking practice

Assessment pieces Autumn Term

Paper 1 style assessment

Assessment pieces Spring Term

Paper 1 style assessment

Assessment pieces Summer Term

Paper 1 and Paper 3 assessment

Outside the taught curriculum

Webinars with Universities discussing the life of a language Undergraduate

Opportunities to offer language lessons to local primary schools

Trip to Paris

Suggested reading

French reading books in the library

CGP revision guides

La Haine – film to be studied in Year 13

Un sac de billes – literary text to be studied in Year 13

Seneca for revision and grammar practice

www.language-gym.com – excellent site for grammar practice

www.frenchteacher.net – a good selection of reading and audio material in the form of short texts and videos with comprehension questions are placed on this site each month in the ‘free resources’ section

www.20minutes.fr – short, current affairs articles

Scheme of Learning Autumn Term

Criminality

• Examine different attitudes to crime

• Discuss prison and its merits and problems

• Consider alternative forms of punishment

Politics:

• Discuss arguments relating to the vote and examine the French political system and its evolution.

• Discuss engagement levels of young people and their influence on politics.

• Discuss the future of politics and political engagement

Literary text:

• Study and analysis of ‘Un sac de billes’ by Joseph Jeffo including characters, key themes and key scenes.

• Analyse and evaluate author, techniques and their impact.

French Film:

• Study and analysis of ‘La Haine including characters, key themes, key scenes

• Consider the influence of New Wave cinema and the director on the film.

• Analyse and evaluate film making techniques and their impact.

Assessment pieces Autumn Term

Paper 1 and Paper 2 assessment

Scheme of Learning Spring Term

Marginalised in society:

• Examine different groups who are socially marginalised

• Discuss measures to help those who are marginalised

• Consider contrasting attitudes to people who are marginalised

Strikes and Union movement:

• Understand the important role of unions.

• Talk about strikes and protests and consider different methods of protesting

• Discuss different attitudes towards strikes, protests and other political tensions

Assessment pieces Spring Term

Paper 1 and Paper 3 assessment

Scheme of Learning Summer Term

Diversity:

• Consider the benefits of living in an ethnically diverse society.

• Consider the need for tolerance and respect of diversity.

• Consider how we can promote

diversity to create a richer world.

Immigration

• Discuss some of the political issues concerning immigration in francophone countries

• Consider the viewpoints of political parties regarding immigration

• Consider immigration from the standpoint of immigrants, as well as aspects of racism

Assessment pieces Summer Term

A Level Examination

Staffing 

French 

Mrs T Richards (Subject Leader for French) 

Miss J Woolley (Teacher of French) 

Further information

  • Mrs T Richards (Subject Leader for French) 

  • Miss J Woolley (Teacher of French) 

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Students who opt to take the GCSE course will have a good grounding in the subject from Key Stage 3, consolidating on some previously learnt material as well as developing their competencies in new topic areas. In each Year students will have either 5 periods of French per fortnight. We currently follow the AQA GCSE examination syllabus. The four components are: Listening (25%), Reading (25%), Speaking (25%) and Writing (25%). All elements are assessed by a final examination at the end of Year 11.

KS5 (A Level)

The A Level course (AQA) is divided into 6 Units (Units 1, 2 and 3 are studied in Year 12, and Units 4, 5 and 6 in Year 13).

During this course students will have 11 lessons per fortnight, including a dedicated speaking lesson where students will have the opportunity to focus on their oral skills. French is delivered collaboratively with Handsworth Grammar School for Boys and students will be taught by 2 subject specialists. Teachers will spend time with students consolidating on grammar, encouraging students to quickly become independent learners. Lessons are taught in small groups with an excellent student-teacher ratio. There is ample opportunity for classroom discussion, increasing levels of spontaneity and building self-efficacy.

In the first year, pupils study the topics of family, cyber society, charity work, heritage, music and cinema.  In the second year they study the positive effects of multi culturalism, help for the marginalised, criminality, the political engagement of the young, strikes and immigration in politics. In addition, students will have the opportunity to study a French film and a literary text.

Whenever possible, you could encourage your daughter to:

  • Read the teacher comments and where relevant act on them
  • Use the online text book to read ahead to be ready for new topics and review prior learning in the revise sections
  • Make revision materials at the end of each topic
  • Keep up-to-date with vocabulary learning
  • Review your work frequently
  • Attend French Support Club if required
  • Improve reading skills by accessing French materials in the library
  • This is not a full list, the techniques you use in other subjects will also work with French

Here are just a few areas in which the application of French would prove to be useful:

  • Business
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Arts (especially Music) and Literature
  • Teaching
  • Academia
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Any profession that requires confidence in communication, flexibility, the willingness to embrace a new challenge

French Opportunities Out Of Lessons

  • French Residential for Year 8 pupils (annually)
  • French Study Trip to Paris (annually)
  • Correspondants (penpals)

French Opportunities Parents Can Provide

  • Trip/holiday to France, Switzerland or any other French-speaking country
  • Work Experience/Contacts with international/French-based companies

Useful French Websites

TF1  (television)

GCSE Bitesize French

VJC  (vocabulary and games)

Languages Online  (grammar,vocabulary and games)

French Institute  (cultural institute)

AQA French  (GCSE and A level examination board)

Quizlet (vocabulary and key phrases, flashcards, games)

Kahoot (vocabulary and key phrases, games)