Half of all students study French from Year 7 and continue with this language until Year 9. We insist on a communicative and multi-skill approach to language teaching and learning, ensuring students are able to communicate effectively and accurately, hence an insistence on the teaching of grammar throughout the school. By the end of the first year of study, pupils will be able to hold basic conversations, understand basic French spoken at a normal pace and be able to write extended paragraphs on a number of topics.
In Key Stage 3, students follow the Accès Studio, Studio 1, 2 and 3 text books.
Topics covered include:
- Year 7: basic introductions, numbers, family, pets, school, sports and local area.
- Year 8: media – TV, film, internet, Paris, identity- personality, music, clothes, food and holidays.
- Year 9: Facebook, health and fitness, jobs and future plans, rights and priorities.
Students are set homework on a weekly basis. Very often, this homework will include vocabulary learning or tasks set on www.pearsonactivelearn.com to consolidate new vocabulary or concepts learned in class. As parents and carers, you can help by testing your child on the vocabulary or putting post-its up around the house!
Students may be selected to take part in the annual French-Music-Catering event Le Bistrot Musical if they are able French speakers.
We encourage our students to access French language outside the classroom as often as possible. Useful online resources to support Year 7 French learning include: www.hellomylo.com, www.languagesonline.org.uk, duolingo, www.pearsonactivelearn.com
Bi-lingual texts are also available in the school library and range from very basic early-learner short stories to more complex novels, suitable for native speakers or advanced learners of French.