French –  Key Stage 3


Course information

Modern Foreign Languages is taught through a wide range of activities, including listening to authentic language, playing language games and working in pairs and small groups.

Year 7

Autumn Term

  • Introductions, classroom language and describing items in my school bag

Spring Term

  • Family and friends, describing people using adjectives and physical descriptions

Summer Term

  • Where I live : my area, house and bedroom
  • Evening activities, telling the time

Year 8

Autumn Term

  • In town : places and directions

Spring Term

  • My daily routine and school subjects
  • Leisure activities

Summer Term

  • Talking about the summer holidays.
  • Using the near future tense.

French Key Stage 4


French may be chosen at GCSE if a student has a particular interest in, and aptitude for, the language. The GCSE French course is broken up into 3 specific themes and students follow a theme each year.

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Course Information

Examining Board: AQA
Course Code: 8658 (French)
 Qualification: GCSE
Qualification Value: 1 x GCSE (9 – 1)

Subject Content

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

The examination is broken up into 4 key skill areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. In preparation for the examination, students will practise listening to French in a variety of different contexts, communicating with French speakers, reading a wide range of texts, and developing accurate writing styles. They are required to learn vocabulary, understand grammar patterns and structures, develop listening and reading skills, use the Internet and other research to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge of francophone countries.

Year 9: Theme 1 Identity and culture

Autumn Term

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership

Spring Term

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology
  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport

Summer Term

  • Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries / communities

Year 10: Theme 2 Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Autumn Term

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues

Spring Term

  • Global issues
  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness

Summer Term

  • Travel and tourism

Year 11: Theme 3 Current and future study and employment

Autumn Term

  • My studies
  • Life at school / college

Spring Term

  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions
  • Preparation for the GCSE exam

Course Assessment

Examination: 100% Examination. There will be four examinations:

  • Reading 25%
  • Writing 25%
  • Speaking 25%
  • Listening 25%

MFL Department Resources

The MFL department is located on the first floor, in three adjacent rooms, numbered MFL1, MFL2 and MFL3.

The department is well resourced with each teaching room containing an interactive whiteboard which is extensively used every lesson.  The main course material used for Key stage 3 is the Expo course which includes text books, workbooks, interactive software and flashcards.  For the GCSE course we use the AQA GCSE French textbook (these come in both foundation and higher formats). We also use Kerboodle, an interactive portal that allows students to access the textbook via their computers and complete exercises online. A wealth of materials made by members of the department is stored on the school network.

Useful Websites for Independent Practice

Additional Information

KS3 Visit to the Opal Coast

In recent years students have had the opportunity to visit France during the month of October. During the visit they will have the opportunity to visit places of interest and practice their spoken French.