French Curriculum Plans

Year 7 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Modules 1 and part of 2

EXPO 1 textbook

Meeting people

School items

Age and birthday with numbers, days & months

Colours

Basic opinions

Pets

Christmas in la Francophonie

Basic vocabulary including definite and indefinite articles; basic phrases.

Concept of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ genders and of singular and plural and how this is marked grammatically in nouns and some basic verbs.

High-frequency words.

Some question words and phrases.

Opinions (positive and negative) in the first person and time-frame of the present tense.

Exam skills in paired and group speaking, listening and reading comprehension, writing, and translation will start to be practised.

Students will have the confidence to engage in short dialogues in French and to start to ask questions spontaneously, expressing their own opinions.  They will start to recognise, via translation and introductory grammar, that French can function differently to English, eg in word order. They will recognise and recall vocabulary in written and spoken form with increasing accuracy.    

Students will do their best work in class and for homework.   They will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and apps such as Duolingo in their own time.

They will gain a foundation in cultural similarities and differences between speakers of different languages.

This term, students are assessed informally via vocabulary tests and group speaking in class.  They also have a formal assessment comprising a reading comprehension, short translation from French into English, and writing answers to questions in French.  

Year 7 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Modules 2 and part of 3

EXPO 1 textbook

 

Easter in la Francophonie

Vocabulary of family members with possessive articles; describing hair and eyes, size and height and personality. 

Where we live – country, region, town/countryside, house, rooms and positional adverbs. 

Grammar comprises: definite, indefinite and possessive articles; avoir & être;  negative; adjectival agreement; regular -ER verb habiter (with silent initial h).

High-frequency words including words for ‘in’. Some question words and phrases.

Opinions (positive and negative) in the first person and time-frame of the present tense.

Exam skills in paired and group speaking, listening and reading comprehension, writing, and translation will start to be practised.

Students will have the confidence to engage in short dialogues in French and to start to ask questions spontaneously, expressing their own opinions.  They will start to recognise, via translation and introductory grammar, that French can function differently to English, eg in word order.  They will recognise and recall vocabulary in written and spoken form with increasing accuracy.   

Students will do their best work in class and for homework.   They will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and apps such as Duolingo in their own time. They will gain a foundation in cultural similarities and differences between speakers of different languages.

This term, students are assessed informally via vocabulary tests and group speaking in class. 

They also have a formal assessment comprising a listening comprehension and writing in French.  

Year 7 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

(End of Module 3 if not previously finished – evening activities at home + clock time.)

Modules 4 and 5

EXPO 1 textbook

On va en ville 

Ma journée

 

 

Telling the time; common action verbs in the present tense.

Vocabulary of places around town; directions; opinions and reasons with invitations; snacks and prices.

Daily routine (a.m + p.m); school subjects with opinions and reasons; days of the week.

Grammar comprises:

Reflexive present tense verbs; numbers to 100; expressing opinions and linking them to reasons; verb endings

(-ER); intensifiers and connectives;

High-frequency words.

Some more question words and phrases.

Opinions (positive and negative) in the time-frame of the present tense.

Exam skills in paired and group speaking, listening and reading comprehension, writing, and translation will start to be practised

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Students will have the confidence to engage in short dialogues in French and to start to ask questions spontaneously, expressing their own opinions.  They will start to recognise, via translation and introductory grammar, that French can function differently to English, eg in word order. They will recognise and recall vocabulary in written and spoken form with increasing accuracy.    

Students will do their best work in class and for homework.   They will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and apps such as Duolingo in their own time.

This term, students are assessed informally via vocabulary tests and group speaking in class.  They also have a formal assessment in at least two MFL skills.

 

Year 8 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Modules 1 and 2

EXPO 2 textbook:

Famille et Domicile

Temps libre

Christmas in la Francophonie

Vocabulary of family, jobs, geographical location, TV programmes, opinions, and past tense leisure activities vs present tense ones. 

Grammar of present tense verbs (-ER) reviewed and extended to regular and some irregular past (perfect) tense verbs, with opinions, both positive and negative, in the imperfect tense.

High-frequency words.

Some question words and phrases.

Exam skills in paired and group speaking, listening and reading comprehension, writing, and translation will continue to be practised.

Students will have the confidence to comprehend and produce short dialogues in French involving more than one time-frame including questions, opinions, and reasons.

They will recognise and recall vocabulary and markers for tenses in longer written and spoken texts with increasing accuracy, translating both from and into the target language. Pronunciation and intonation becomes increasingly clear.

Students will do their best work in class and for homework.   They will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and apps such as Duolingo in their own time.

This term, students are assessed informally via vocabulary and grammar tests.  They also have a formal assessment comprising a reading comprehension, short translation from French into English, and writing in French.  

Year 8 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Modules 3 & 4

EXPO 2 textbook:

Les Sorties & Manger et Boire

Vocabulary of shops, shopping, clothes & fashion, invitations to go out and excuses not to; food and drink including meals, shopping at a market, eating out and preparing for a party.

Grammar of mixed tenses with je voudrais and some basic immediate futures; comparatives and superlatives; modals including il faut; opinions, partitive articles & de with quantity; adjectival agreements. 

High-frequency words.

Some question words and phrases.

Exam skills in paired and group speaking, listening and reading comprehension, writing, and translation will continue to be practised.

Students will have the confidence to comprehend and produce short group dialogues in French involving more than one time-frame including questions, opinions, and reasons.

They will recognise and recall vocabulary and markers for tenses in longer written and spoken texts with increasing accuracy, translating both from and into the target language.  Pronunciation and intonation become increasingly clear. 

Students will do their best work in class and for homework.   They will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and apps such as Duolingo in their own time.

This term, students are assessed informally via vocabulary and grammar tests.  They also have a formal assessment comprising a listening comprehension and a peer-assessed group role-play (speaking in French).  

Year 8 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Module 5 & part of 6

EXPO 2 textbooks:

Voyages et Vacances

Film project : Les horistes

Vocabulary of holidays – travel, countries, transport, activities, facilities, at the Tourist Office, languages and nationalities.

Grammar of mixed tenses (future and past holidays) and time-phrases; expressing opinions, asking questions, reviewing a film.

High-frequency words.

More question words and phrases.

Exam skills in paired and group speaking, listening and reading comprehension, writing, and translation will continue to be practised.

Students will have the confidence to comprehend and produce short group dialogues in French involving more than one time-frame including questions, opinions, and reasons.

They will recognise and recall vocabulary and markers for tenses in longer written and spoken texts with increasing accuracy, translating both from and into the target language. Pronunciation and intonation becomes increasingly clear.

Students will do their best work in class and for homework.   They will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and apps such as Duolingo in their own time.

This term, students are assessed informally via vocabulary and grammar tests.  They also have a formal assessment comprising at least one of the key MFL skills.  

 

Year 9 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Module 1: Identity and culture, Qui sui-je?

Revising family vocabulary and how to describe physical appearance as well as personality.  Explaining relationships, including with friends, and talking about our role models. Making arrangements to go out into town, doing a range of activities at venues there.

Grammar includes revising –ER verbs, including reflexives, and irregulars, with question words.  The 3 basic time-frames of perfect, present and near future tense are reinforced. Exam skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation will be practised.

Students will actively participate in lessons and join in speaking French to enhance their productive skills and demonstrate a wider awareness of the world beyond a basic focus on self.  They will do their best work in class and for homework.

Students will consolidate and extend their vocabulary and practise outside lessons.  They will embed their use of key time-frames via different tenses, including developing complex ones.  They will be able to take part in dialogues and role plays, and ask questions. They will become more accurate in their writing, and start to know how to extend their answers via synonyms and alternative phraseology.  They will become more confident at exam skills, knowing how to achieve marks.

Students will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and www.memrise.com as well as apps such as Duolingo and Quizlet, in their own time.

This term, students are assessed formally and informally via regular vocabulary and grammar tests in class and by end of module (topic) papers.  These will generally be at Foundation level and may comprise a listening and/or reading comprehension paper and/or writing paper.

Year 9 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Module 2 STUDIO textbook

Le temps des loisirs

Revising pastimes such as sport, reading, Internet and technology use including social media, TV and film.

Grammar includes revising the 3 basic time-frames with perfect and imperfect tenses, present tense with depuis, and future tense.

Also, comparatives, superlatives and direct object pronouns.

Exam skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation will continue to be practised.

Students will actively participate in lessons and join in speaking French to enhance their productive skills and demonstrate a wider awareness of the world beyond a basic focus on self.  They will do their best work in class and for homework. 

Students will consolidate and extend their vocabulary and practise outside lessons.  They will embed their use of key time-frames via different tenses, including developing complex ones.  They will be able to take part in dialogues and role plays and ask questions.  They will become more accurate in their writing and start to know how to extend their answers via synonyms and alternative phraseology.  They will become more confident at exam skills, knowing how to achieve marks.

Students will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and www.memrise.com as well as apps such as Duolingo and Quizlet, in their own time.

This term, students are assessed formally and informally via regular vocabulary and grammar tests in class and by end of module (topic) papers.  These will generally be at Foundation level and may comprise of a listening and/or reading comprehension paper and/or writing paper.  

Year 9 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Unit 3: Food, daily routine and festivals

Exam skills

Introduction to Unit 4: Local Area topic

 

Topic work includes daily routine, including school day, clothes and shopping, making a complaint, festivals, food and celebrations.

Grammar includes modal verbs, adjective agreement, asking questions, near future tense, perfect and imperfect tenses, use of the pronoun ‘en’, how to say what just happened.

We will spend several lessons preparing in detail for the speaking exam, and further lessons focusing on listening, reading, translation and writing skills needed for exams.

Students will actively participate in lessons and join in speaking French. They will do their best work in class and for homework.

Students will extend their vocabulary and practise outside lessons.  They will extend their use of different tenses. They will be able to take part in dialogues and role plays, and ask questions.  They will become more accurate in their writing, and know how to extend their answers. They will become more confident at exam skills.

Students will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and www.memrise.com.

This term, students are assessed formally and informally via regular vocabulary and grammar tests in class and by end of module (topic) papers.  These will generally be at Foundation level and may comprise of a listening and/or reading comprehension paper and/or writing paper.

 

Year 10 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Module 4 STUDIO textbook

Local, national, international and global areas of interest, De la ville à la campagne.

Describing your town and region, asking for tourist information, the weather, an ideal town and community projects.  Grammar includes using comparatives and superlatives, asking questions, using si clauses and negatives.  Also an introduction to the simple future tense.  Exam skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation will be practised.

Students will actively participate in lessons and join in speaking French to further their appreciation of the world.  They will do their best work in class and for homework.

Students will consolidate and extend their vocabulary and practise outside lessons.  They will develop their use of different tenses, including complex ones. They will be able to take part in dialogues and role plays, and ask questions.  They will become more accurate in their writing, and know how to extend their answers via enriched and varied terminology and more Higher level structures.  They will become more confident at exam skills, knowing how to achieve marks.

Students will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and www.memrise.com as well as apps such as Duolingo and Quizlet, in their own time.

This term, students are assessed formally and informally via regular vocabulary and grammar tests in class and by end of module (topic) papers.  These will generally be at Foundation level for most students and may comprise of a listening and/or reading comprehension paper and/or writing paper.  

Year 10 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Module 5 STUDIO textbook

Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Le grand large.

Describing past, present, future and ideal holidays including hotels, ordering food, travelling, buying souvenirs, and talking about problems and disastrous holidays.

Grammar includes all 3 key time frames, the conditional and pluperfect tenses,

en …..ant and avant de; demonstrative pronouns and adjectives.

Exam skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation will be practised.

Students will actively participate in lessons and join in speaking French to further their appreciation of the world.  They will do their best work in class and for homework. 

Students will consolidate and extend their vocabulary and practise outside lessons.  They will develop their use of different tenses, including complex ones.  They will be able to take part in dialogues and role plays and ask questions.  They will become more accurate in their writing and know how to extend their answers via enriched and varied terminology and more Higher level structures.  They will become more confident at exam skills, knowing how to achieve marks.

Students will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and www.memrise.com as well as apps such as Duolingo and Quizlet, in their own time.

This term, students are assessed formally and informally via regular vocabulary and grammar tests in class and by end of module (topic) papers.  These will increasingly be at Higher level for appropriate students and may comprise of a listening and/or reading comprehension paper and/or writing paper.  

Year 10 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Module 6 STUDIO textbook

Current & Future Study & Employment

Au Collège

 

 

Discussing school subject, rules and facilities and giving opinions; school activities. Comparing school in UK and France. Healthy & unhealthy living. At Higher Level: school exchanges. 

Grammar includes all 3 key time frames; the imperfect tense. Direct object pronouns; obligation with il faut & il est interdit de…

Exam skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation will be practised.

 

Students will actively participate in lessons and join in speaking French to further their appreciation of the world.  They will do their best work in class and for homework.

Students will consolidate and extend their vocabulary and practise outside lessons.  They will develop their use of different tenses, including complex ones. For example, they will learn to contrast the past tenses (Imperfect and Perfect).  They will be able to take part in dialogues and role plays, and ask questions. They will become more accurate in their writing, and know how to extend their answers via enriched and varied terminology and more Higher level structures.  They will become more confident at exam skills, knowing how to achieve marks.

Students will develop their ability to work in groups and independently, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and www.memrise.com as well as apps such as Duolingo and Quizlet, in their own time.

This term, students are assessed formally and informally via regular vocabulary and grammar tests in class and by end of module (topic) papers.  These will increasingly be at Higher level for appropriate students and may comprise of a listening and/or reading comprehension paper and/or writing paper.  

 

Year 11 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Exam skills

Translation to and from the Target Language

Revision of units 1 – 5 (ilanguages modules, STUDIO textbook chapters 1-4 for French).

 

Topic vocabulary revised using AQA and iLanguages resources, in particular Higher level work.

Grammar will particularly include work on the accuracy of verb tenses including (as appropriate) present, preterite/perfect, imperfect, near future, simple future, conditional and some key subjunctive forms. This will facilitate improved translation skills.

Exam skills will focus on individual needs at Foundation and Higher level with regular practice papers and exam style questions, including mock exams with individual speaking tests.

Students will be taught the ‘problem’ words and phrases that examiners tend to test, as well as revise useful acronyms.

Students will actively participate in lessons and join in speaking French, responding to a range of stimuli. They will do their best work in class and for homework, confidently manipulating different time-frames and longer phrases, with Higher level students producing enhanced vocabulary.

Students will attend regular intervention, revision and/or Stretch & Challenge sessions.   Students will review a wide range of GCSE level vocabulary, the patterns for complex tenses and higher level structures such as composite phrases.  They will increase the accuracy and variety of their work and know how to attain marks in exams. Students will develop their ability to work independently to access supportive resources, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and www.memrise.com , as well as use apps such as Duolingo, in their own time.

This term, students are formally assessed via a full mock exam at either Foundation or Higher level (tiers can no longer be mixed). This means a Reading Comprehension paper, a Listening Comprehension paper, a Writing paper and a 20-25 minute Speaking exam with the teacher-examiner.  Each of the 4 papers is worth an equal 25% of the final GCSE. The mock exam does NOT count towards the ‘real’ GCSE result.

Year 11 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Exam skills and improvement, post mocks

Translation to and from the Target Language

‘Tricky’ words; ‘pivot’ words; false friends

Revision of units 6-9 (ilanguages modules, STUDIO textbook chapters 8 and 5 for French).

Topic vocabulary revised using AQA and iLanguages resources, in particular more Higher level work.

Grammar will particularly comprise work on the accuracy of verb tenses including (as appropriate) present, preterite/perfect, imperfect, near future, simple future, conditional and some key subjunctive forms.   This will facilitate improved translation skills.

Exam skills will focus on individual needs at Foundation and Higher level with regular practice papers and exam style questions.

Students will be taught the ‘problem’ words and phrases that examiners tend to test, as well as revise useful acronyms and some key ‘transferable phrases’ for Writing & Speaking exams.

Students will actively participate in lessons and join in speaking French, responding to a range of stimuli.  They will do their best work in class and for homework, confidently manipulating different time-frames and longer phrases, with Higher level students producing enhanced vocabulary.

Students will attend regular intervention, revision and/or Stretch and Challenge sessions.   Students will review a wide range of GCSE level vocabulary, the patterns for complex tenses and higher level structures such as composite phrases.  They will increase the accuracy and variety of their work and know how to attain marks in exams.  Students will develop their ability to work independently to access supportive resources, and practise on language websites such as www.linguascope.com and www.memrise.com, as well as use apps such as Duolingo, and listen on ‘News in Slow / French’ and ‘Yabla’ websites (‘demo’ videos are free).

This term, students are assessed in all skills using parts of the mock exam not selected (ie other speaking and writing tests) as well as Comprehension assessments from the ilanguages resource and vocabulary tests.  These will be generally be at either Foundation or Higher level (tiers can no longer be mixed) and individualised to each student.