French

What are we studying?

Year

8

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
We start the course raising our awareness of anglo-French relations and comparing France and Britain. We will be talking about French personalities and famous characters. We will be exploring Francophone cartoon characters using Tintin comic strips to practise the perfect tense. We will be sharing our opinions of television programmes and giving detailed opinions on music. We will be talking about film genres and review a film and sharing our reading preferences.

TERM 2
Students will be describing old and new technology and talking about using technology for leisure. They will identify the risks of social networking sites and be discussing pros and cons of new technologies. They will practise varying opinions by talking about favourite technology and gadgets. Students will also be discussing relationships with parents and talking about pocket money and helping out at home. They will be discussing pressures faced by teenagers and acting on advice and describing the plight of homeless children.

TERM 3
Year 8 students will be talking about healthy eating and discussing healthy lifestyles. Students will be talking about how diet affects healthand using the future tense to make resolutions to be healthier. They will also be talking about what life will be like in the future.

TERM 4
We start term 4 by organising a party in French. Students practice key language structures, inviting, suggesting and delegating tasks, as well as making excuses! They will then be talking about an event or festival they have been to and exploring traditions and festivals. They will also be communicating with people in formal situations.

TERM 5
Students will be discussing the theme of travel and comparing means of transport. They will be taking part in role plays, buying tickets and talking about travel plans. They will use realia from France to plan a holiday and build up confidence using past tenses to describe a past holiday. They will also be talking about types of home and describing rooms in a house and imagining their ideal home.

TERM 6
Students will be talking about types of home and describing rooms in a house, items in it and their location. They will practise using the conditional tense to describe their ideal home. They will be describing places in detail and express how you feel about them and revising for the summer exams.

Year

9

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
Students review and develop an earlier theme,’Ma famille et mes amis.’ They will be able to describe what they and others look like and define character. Family and friends and Relationships are discussed through photo cards and role play as students get used to the requirements of the new spec GCSE. Skills being focussed on this term include: Grasping nuances in meaning and identifying familiar structures and applying to new situations

TERM 2
Students analyse how young people use technology, discuss the advantages and disadvantages and develop reading strategies. Students will be invited to a French play, which allows them to practise their understanding of key topic vocabulary in an engaging way.

TERM 3
Students will develop the themes of Free time, music and cinema. They will be encouraged to support opinions with a range of language giving reasons and examples in different tenses. Students practise speaking task types at both foundation and higher tier.

TERM 4
Students study the theme of Eating out and food culture in France. This term the focus is on developing their use of future time phrases and reflecting on listening strategies.

TERM 5
Students will study the theme of French culture and traditions. There is an emphasis on the correct use of the imperfect and past simple tenses in the context of describing festivals.

TERM 6
This term focuses on revision techniques with an emphasis on: Writing and translation practice at higher tier. Understanding exam rubric.

Working with photo cards/role plays through Group Talk Initiative to produce confident speakers of French.

Some students will be putting their French into practice in Paris during Aspirations Week.

OTHER INFORMATION

This is a key year to build up more complex language and develop key skills.

Students are expected to learn 15-20 words/phrases which will be tested weekly.
This is essential to ensure good progress in languages.

Year

10

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
Students begin their GCSE exploring the theme of local area, town and home. Skills will involve:

Using adjectives to enhance descriptions

Recognising key topic words in reading and listening tasks

Using verbs which start with a vowel

Simplification and paraphrasing

Recognition of hidden meanings and being able to infer from higher reading and listening texts.

TERM 2
Students will discuss social issues including Charity/voluntary work, Healthy and unhealthy living, Eating habits and Comparing old and new health habits.

Students are encouraged to vary vocabulary, to add mark winning phrases and to use different tenses accurately. Key skills include:

Using verbal context when listening, using adverbs to enhance sentences and recognising common patterns in French when listening.

There will also be an opportunity to see a play in French, which is created with GCSE students in mind and includes a lot of key topic vocabulary.

TERM 3
Students define and discuss environmental issues such as pollution, recycling and alternative resources. They will analyse problems and come up with solutions. In this term students will focus on: reusing known verbs and phrases and making use of social and cultural context when listening.

TERM 4
Students explore social issues such as homelessness and poverty, evaluating the current situation and creating solutions to problems of social inequality. There is an emphasis on justifying answers and using key phrases for agreeing and disagreeing in a discussion. Students will be preparing their speaking booklets and boosting their confidence for the speaking exams in term 5.

TERM 5
Students describe holiday experiences, express and justify preferences and talk about holiday activities in the perfect tense. This is a popular theme for discussion in the speaking examination which also takes place this term.

There is a focus on: using negatives to improve writing, paraphrasing and expressing opinions using intensifiers.

TERM 6
Students develop their uses of tenses when describing holidays. They are encouraged to apply descriptive and narrative structures to their speaking preparation for Part 3 (using context booklets)Summer series exam prep and performance.

Some students will be going abroad to enjoy a culture-rich visit to Paris during Aspirations Week.

Year

11

Dates

4 Sep - 22 May 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
Students will start year 11 studying the theme, ‘My Studies’ in which they discuss life at school and college. They will be using extracts from the higher tier course, where mark winning structures are encouraged. A Foundation and higher tier file is used for vocabulary consolidation and will be tested weekly in a Tuesday morning MFL mentoring session aimed to support and revisit prior learning.  In class, they will be focusing on key exam skills including: Recognition of hidden meanings and being able to infer meaning through reading and listening texts.

TERM 2
Students will be studying the theme of Education- post 16. Students will focus on increasing their confidence speaking and will take part in exam style photo card and role play scenarios using current themes. They will be encouraged to use a variety of tenses in their answers and to try and talk for two minutes on each task.

TERM 3
Students will be studying the theme of Jobs, Career Choices and Ambitions. Students will focus on learning useful higher tier structures and learn to vary vocabulary and language in order to achieve the highest grades. They will also begin recalling earlier themes from Identity and Culture.

TERM 4
Students will continue reviewing all themes covered over the 2 year course in the context of exam style tasks from AQA website. Students are given both higher and extension listening and reading tasks to do from kerboodle.

TERM 5
Students will be preparing for the speaking exam (early May) There will be a review of all themes using AQA revision powerpoints/recap to retain revision worksheets and analysis of past papers. There will be an emphasis on grading and exam criteria so students start thinking from the examiner’s point of view and see how they can maximise their marks. We will be using the kerboodle assessment file on all 4 themes: higher level practice assessment in listening, reading, writing and translation. Students are encouraged to attend the Friday am sessions to supplement their learning and to receive tailored feedback.