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Department Intent

Communicate, Explore, Grow

Knowledge in French The primary focus is helping pupils develop their knowledge of phonics, vocabulary and grammar to allow them to communicate effectively across a range of topics in the target language. This will also prepare them for further study, as the knowledge acquired during KS3 and KS4 will constitute a solid base upon which they can build and develop the use of language in specific contexts.
Curriculum in French

In the Modern Foreign Languages Department, our curriculum aims to provide our learners with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to communicate across a range of topics and develop their cultural awareness of the target language countries. 


We want our learners to develop linguistic skills that can be applied to the English language and also to other disciplines, so their work is not limited to the purpose of language acquisition but it develops skills that can be transferred to other areas of the school curriculum.


The themes covered in both KS3 and KS4 are relevant from two perspectives because they are linked not only to their current world and experiences but also to their future, as it is the case of the topics of education and work where emphasis is put on plans for academic and professional pathways.


In terms of awareness of other cultures, it also provides a vehicle to, not only strengthen current links with other countries, but also explore a part of the world beyond the Anglo – Saxon, European and Commonwealth scope. The importance of language knowledge in the current international context cannot be underestimated, especially in terms of geographical areas where the United Kingdom has yet to develop their cultural, commercial and diplomatic relationships. We want our learners to benefit from these opportunities, allowing them to grow into fully functional citizens of an increasingly globalised world.

Teaching and Learning in French

Across each unit of study pupils engage in individual, paired and group learning activities involving listening, reading, speaking and writing. Every unit in the curriculum includes key vocabulary and elements of grammar that build over KS3 and KS4 into a sound knowledge base.


Lessons draw on prior knowledge, providing numerous opportunities for retrieval practice, so that knowledge is secured. 


Pupils have access to vocabulary booklets that are structured as knowledge organisers, with their different sections following the topics covered in each year and structured in a way that facilitates sentence building and, ultimately, pieces of extended writing.  


Links between Modern Foreign Languages and future career options are used to build and reinforce aspiration. Every lesson will include an explanation as to how the topic of study is linked to careers and how the target language element enhances the range of opportunities that learners would be able to enjoy in that particular field.

Assessment in French Over the course of each half term pupils engage in regular assessments of progress, with whole class feedback.  Annual end-of-year exams, accompanied by other standardised assessments at key points, monitor the long-term progress and retention of core knowledge and skills.
Learning Beyond the Classroom in French

Beyond the classroom the Languages Team has overtime offered a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for pupils to enhance their practice of languages, through films, creative writing, cuisine and the study of other languages, as in the case of Arabic.


In addition, homework is used to consolidate knowledge through practice with key vocabulary and structures.


The Modern Foreign Languages department has run residential trips in France and Spain and it is intending to continue offering these opportunities, in order to allow learners to experience life in the target language countries, as well as putting their knowledge and skills into practice. 

Curriculum Journey

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Introducing Myself and Family Introducing Myself and Family Family and Relationships Free Time Activities Free Time Activities Food
8 Healthy Lifestyles House and Town House and Town Holidays Holidays School
9 Work Technology Shopping Environmental Issues Social Issues Celebrity Culture
10 Myself, Family and Friends Technology and Social Media Free Time Activities Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region Environmental and Social Issues Healthy Lifestyles

Travel and Tourism / 

Customs and Festivals

Studies / Life at School and College Education Post-16 / Jobs, Careers, Choices and Ambitions Exam Revision GCSE Speaking Exams / Revision Year 11 Exam Season

Curriculum Overview