Students can learn French at Key Stage 3 and 4. The department aims to help students develop their use of languages for useful purposes and to develop an interest in languages and other cultures.
By teaching French to our students, our aim is for all students, regardless of their previous knowledge, to learn to communicate in a foreign language. Students will learn to speak independently and be creative when using the target language. We aim to make learning enjoyable and rewarding and will teach students to understand and appreciate cultures other than their own.
Students learn French from Year 7-11. Lessons will include the 4 key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and there will be a greater emphasis on translation skills as this is a skill which is tested throughout the course.
In Years 7 and 8 each student has 2 lessons per week. Skills which are required in the final GCSE exams are practised from the offset and appropriate exam questions will be used to challenge students in order for them to achieve or exceed their target grade.
The principle teaching resource used is the Studio interactive resource and interactive homework is often set using the ActiveLearn program. Teachers supplement the Studio resources with games and challenging, yet fun activities to encourage language learning.
Exam board: Edexcel
Students in Years 9, 10 and Year 11 work towards achieving the Edexcel GCSE in French. There are 4 examinations which are externally assessed at either higher or foundation level. The skills examined are listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each skill makes up 25% of the overall GCSE qualification. There is an emphasis on independent speaking and writing and there is no controlled assessment work for this subject.