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Hadleigh High School

French

Staff Members

Ms Kitchingham (Head of Faculty), Mrs Sibley, Mrs Miller, Mr Green

Key Stage 3

 

Our key stage 3 curriculum is focused on developing the breadth and depth of students’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar, structures and vocabulary. We cover a range of topics that enable students to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests.  Students are taught to develop and justify points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. Therefore our curriculum offers opportunities to explore the target language culture in lessons and through trips.  We aim to foster students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our explicit teaching of grammar and memorisation techniques should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping students to study and work in other countries.

 

Lessons are carefully planned for progression in order to advance grammatical understanding and allow students to develop their confidence in their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  There is an emphasis on phonics to improve pronunciation skills and spelling.  Students are required to read and show comprehension of a range of original and adapted materials from different sources as well as provide short translations from the target language to English and vice versa.  Students are regularly given the opportunity to produce short pieces of writing where they are able to use the language more creatively and with independence.  We are fortunate to have a Foreign Language Assistant in French and German where pupils benefit from small group work with a focus on speaking and cultural awareness.

 

In French the main contexts studied are:

 

Year 7 – Family and Descriptions, House and Home, Sports, Free-time

               and School

Year 8 - Countries and Weather, Clothes and Shopping, Food and

               Holidays

Year 9 – TV and Cinema, Future Plans, Healthy Living, GCSE Preparation

 

Each scheme of work is reviewed frequently and lessons are planned to include a wide variety of activities incorporating the four skill areas.  ICT in used regularly in lessons to enhance learning and pupil motivation.  We also encourage the apps quizlet and duolingo to be used for home learning.

 

Assessment at Key Stage Three

Vocabulary learning is an essential part of language acquisition and students have 2 vocabulary and translation challenges per context.  The challenges are based on class learning and all vocabulary and structures tested are on the knowledge organiser and provided on quizlet.  Students are formally assessed twice a year in their knowledge weeks.  The results are recorded as a percentage on go4schools.

Key Stage 4

Each student will study the AQA GCSE course in French or German. Both languages have a Foundation tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4-9). There are four components to the exam (listening, speaking, reading and writing) which are each worth 25% of the final grade. Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. There is no longer any coursework and all skills are assessed in terminal examinations.

 

We use the coursebooks Studio for French

 

GCSE Specification AQA Themes:

These themes apply to all four question papers and build upon the learning of Key Stage 3. Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where French is spoken.

 

Theme 1: Identity and culture

 

Topic 1:           Me, my family and friends

                        Relationships with family and friends

                        Marriage/partnership

Topic 2:          Technology in everyday life

                        Social media

                        Mobile technology

Topic 3:          Free-time activities

                        Music

                        Cinema and TV

                        Food and eating out

                        Sport

Topic 4:          Customs and festivals in French speaking countries.

 

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

 

Topic 1:          Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2:          Social issues

                       Charity/voluntary work

                       Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3:          Global issues

                        The environment

                        Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4:          Travel and tourism

 

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

 

Topic 1:          My studies

Topic 2:          Life at school/college

Topic 3:          Education post-16

Topic 4:         Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 

 Assessment and Intervention at Key Stage 4 

In Year 10, students will have regular formative assessments during their knowledge weeks allowing teachers to track progress and identify gaps in skills or knowledge. In addition, regular vocabulary testing is an integral part of language learning and students are given a pass mark to achieve which is linked to their target grade. For those students with the most significant progress gaps, further support is available to enable them to improve their learning. There is also a full mock examination at the end of year 10.

 

In Year 11, students will sit additional mock exams enabling us to gain accurate data on student progress. These will take place in November and in February/March allowing students to have additional practice of the requirements of the GCSE exam in formal conditions.

 

Students with progress gaps will be offered additional support.

Useful websites and resources

AQA French

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/french/specifications/AQA-8658-SP-2016.PDF

 

www.quizlet.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/mafrance/

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/assessment-resources

www.memrise

    

  • Gojimo (app)
  • Youtube for video clips in French
    • Subscribe to these channels:   Easy French
  • Films in French (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Walter Presents)
  • Collins dictionary for French
  • GCSE AQA French for the Grade 9-1 Exams Complete Revision and Practice CGP
  • Studio!  AQA GCSE French Grammar and Translation Workbook

 

Possible areas of future Studies

Tourism, business, banking, teaching, hotel management and catering, foreign civil service, languages.  

 

Possible future careers

Interpreter, foreign civil servant, sommelier, import and export, chef, airline services, editing and publishing, teacher, translator, journalist, engineering, transport and logistics, public relations, technical sales, international business, international banking, insurance