|Year 8: Topics||Year 8: Grammar|
|At the Café/Restaurant||Prepositions|
|A Trip Away||Model Verbs|
|Describing Others||The Perfect Tense|
In Year 9, students have three lessons per week and two pieces of homework will be set. Students will study a variety of vocabulary and grammar topics including:
- Discussing relationships with family and friends
- A linguistic and cultural study of Paris
- School life and future plans
- Grammar: four tenses; object pronouns; comparatives and superlatives
We provide students with a textbook and grammar workbook. The department has subscriptions to some online resources and can recommend other useful, free online resources. The department is also equipped with DVDs and reading material.
French is an option subject at GCSE. Students follow the Edexcel IGCSE course Edexcel IGCSE French 4FR1
At GCSE, students have four lessons per week and two pieces of homework will be set. They also have one-to-one slots with the French assistante to support their preparation for the oral examination. Full details can be found in the specification but topics include:
|Year 10||Year 11|
|Home town and Holidays||Environmental Issues|
|School life, Education and Careers||The Media and Modern Technology|
|Home life and Relationships||Health|
The course is examined by three exams at the end of Year 11: Listening, Reading and Writing, Speaking.
Trips, activities and clubs
Beyond the academic curriculum, the department aims to encourage its students to aspire not only to broaden their linguistic knowledge, but to explore French culture and society. To this end, students are encouraged to take part in cinema outings, trips abroad and other activities. Students in Year 11 upwards are encouraged to take advantage of the department’s broad range of literature and DVDs, and to attend the Modern and Classical Languages Society.
Trips and activities offered by the department:
- Weekly clinic on Monday lunchtimes (Key Stage 4) and Thursday lunchtimes (Key Stage 3)
- Lower School ciné club
- Modern and Classical Languages Society programme of talks (recommended for Year 11 upwards)
- Activities week trip to Paris (Key Stage 3)
- Study trip for Key Stage 4
The Lower School activities week trip to Paris aims to discover the French capital and improve their French in a fun context, as the trip usually also involves a trip to either Parc Astérix or Disneyland, Paris, as well as more cultural visits.
The study trip open to Key Stage 4 students offers a week of lessons in a language school focused on improving students’ vocabulary, grammar and confidence in speaking, relative to the demands of the IGCSE course. The programme of afternoon visits offers a range of cultural and engaging visits. Students stay in pairs with French host families which provides invaluable exposure to French language and culture in an entirely authentic setting.
Keen linguists in Year 11 are very welcome to attend the programme of extension talks offered by the Modern and Classical Languages Society, which aims to challenging students to extend their cultural and linguistic knowledge beyond their programme of study.