French Curriculum Overview Year 6 - Year 13
Year 6 covers everyday language experiences including greetings and personal introduction, family and animals, towns and countries, sports and opinions and the weather. It explores each topic through a range of language skills and considers basic grammatical structures up to single sentence construction. Read more.
Year 7 looks at the topics from year 6 in greater depth to short paragraph length involving three to four sentences. The future tense is introduced towards the end of the year. Year 8 develops personal experience further on the above topics and adds shopping, meals, technology and uses past, present, and future tenses. Year 9 includes six areas: geography of France, including a study of Boulogne to support the KS3 visit in July, home and family, Aquaparc (a water theme park), healthy lifestyles, horoscopes, and writing articles for newspapers on contemporary news items in France. Grammar to build sentences and paragraphs from basic principles in past present and future tenses is a key element of year 9 to prepare the language platform for GCSE. Read more.
There are nine areas of study over the two year course: self and family, free time, home and town, shopping, school, work, tourism, lifestyle choices, and the environment. Over the course, the two best written and the two best oral tasks will be conducted and chosen to submit at the end of the course. Students take Foundation level listening and Foundation reading at the end of year 10 and are then either re-entered in Year 11 to improve their score or are entered at higher level.
Year 12 students study life in France. Topics include: family issues, health issues, media and new media forms, culture and leisure, social issues, sport, tourism, and school in France. Students work more independently and prepare a talk of 10 minutes on a topic chosen from above and prepare for a grammatically based examination paper involving listening, reading, and writing. Year 13 study immigration and crime, wealth and poverty issues, energy forms, new technologies, literature and the arts, politics, and the French speaking world. Similar to Year 12, there is an oral discussion on a topic chosen by the student and an examination with listening, reading, and writing. Writing length is between 250 and 400 words. Read more.
For further information about the Art curriculum, contact Mr D. Morrall, Head of Modern Foreign Langages.