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At SCC, French is taught to select classes at Key Stage 3 and 4.

 

The French department aims at challenging and enthusing learners with well-structured and engaging lessons. Teachers are committed to providing their students with an enriching experience which will allow them to expand their understanding of the French language while developing their awareness of the French culture. In French, we have four main skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading. Every lesson is planned in order to develop all these aspects, whilst embedding knowledge of vocabulary and grammar as the foundations.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

 Key aims for students:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French.

 

Year 7 Topics

Term 1

Term 2

Introduction to French

  • Greetings
  • Numbers
  • Days
  • Colours
  • Alphabet
  • Birthday

Family, friends and pets

Term 3

Term 4

At home

  • In my house
  • My room
  • Routine

In town

  • Directions
  • Places
  • Ordering drinks and food

Term 5

Term 6

At school

  • Talking about my school subjects
  • Timetable
  • My school

My free time

  • Leisure activities
  • Future tense

 

Year 8 Topics

Term 1

Term 2

My family and my environment

  • Weather
  • Jobs
  • My daily routine

Entertainment

  • TV programs
  • Use of the past tense to narrate an event

Term 3

Term 4

Going out

  • Arranging a rendez-vous
  • Buying clothes
  • Shops
  • Comparatives

Eat and drink

  • Order in a restaurant
  • Use quantities at the market
  • Meals

Term 5

Term 6

Holidays

  • Countries
  • Describe holidays

My friends

Using 3 different tenses

Year 9 Topics

Term 1

Term 2

Me, myself and I (using 3 tenses): Talk about your environment, describe your hobbies and your family in detail.

Term 3

Term 4

Media (Film review project): Using the past tense to narrate stories.

Term 5

Term 6

My environment:

  • Talk about where I live
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • French speaking countries and cultural awareness

 

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Aims for KS4

Through studying a GCSE in French, students will develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of French at GCSE will also broaden students’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world.

 

Current Year 11, 2016-17, are studying the AQA Level 1/2 Certificate in French (8655)

GCSE for 2017-18

New specification:  AQA French (8658)

 

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

 

Subject content

Core 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

 

Assessments

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1: Listening

What's assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

(Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally

 

Paper 2: Speaking

What's assessed

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

How it's assessed

  • Non-exam assessment
  • 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
  • 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too:

  • Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

 

Paper 3: Reading

What's assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • ection B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally
  • Section C – translation from French into English (a minimum of 35 words for Foundation Tier and 50 words for Higher Tier)

 

Paper 4: Writing

What's assessed

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
  • 25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier

  • Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks
  • Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks
  • Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks
  • Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

Higher Tier

  • Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks
  • Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks
  • Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks

 

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