Students study a range of topics which develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in French and also develop their translation skills. Each unit of work plans for progression of the skills.
Students are helped to develop a range of techniques of learning and dictionary skills so that they can build up their own vocabulary as efficiently and as independently as possible.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students study the following topics:
Year 7: Self & family, School, Hobbies & sports, Town, Holidays
Year 8: Free-time, Food, clothes, shopping
Year 9: Media, Internet & mobile phone usage, Jobs & future plans, Health & fitness, Holidays
Key Stage 4: Edexcel GCSE
Students study 8 topics under the following broad headings:
- Identity and Culture
- Local area, holiday and travel
- Future aspirations, study and work
- International and global dimension
They are assessed at the end of the two year course via exams in Speaking (25%), Listening (25%), Reading & Translation (25%), Writing & Translation (25%).
Key Stage 5: AQA A Level
Students study the following topics:
- Aspects of French speaking society: Current Trends
- Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
- Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
- Aspects of political life in the French speaking world
- One literary text and one film, or two literary texts
Students also follow a grammar programme and complete an Individual Research Project which is assessed as part of the speaking exam.
Trips & Extra-curricular activities may include:
Year 8 Trip to Paris
Year 9 & 10 French exchange (biennial)
Year 12 & 13 Trip to Paris
Year 9 Language Leaders
Year 7 & 8 French club
Year 10 – 13 French film club
Bastille Day celebrations
European Day of Languages activities
MFL Inter-house activities
Pop-up language cafe