Modern foreign languages

Key Stage 3

Aims of the curriculum

The department aims to provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with both the spoken and written language, as well as the culture of French speaking countries. We aim to give students the opportunity to fully participate in a range of language experiences. This is achieved with high quality teaching and learning as well as a focus on high expectations. All pupils will study French in Year 7 and 8. Grammar is fully embedded at Key Stage 3 to ensure rapid progression at Key Stage 4.

Curriculum overview

Year 7 French

Term 1 

Myself and others, my world, describing myself and my family. 

Term 2 

Sports, hobbies and school 

Term 3  

Town and holidays

Year 8 French

Term 1 

TV and reading, describing a visit abroad 

Term 2 

Identity and healthy living 

Term 3 

Work and grammar to get ready for KS4

Teaching methods and student organisation

All students study French in Year 7 and in y8. Students are set in ability groups based on KS2 information and our own baseline testing. In Year 7 and in y8 students have two 1 hour lessons of languages per week.

Progression after Key Stage 3

Pupils have the opportunity to continue with French in Key Stage 4 and study for the Edexcel GCSE qualification. Over the course of three years pupils will cover a range of vocabulary and structures in the following contexts: 

  • Identity and culture  
  • Local area, holiday and travel  
  • School  
  • Future aspirations, study and work  
  • International and global dimension

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

Visit to Paris and the Christmas markets in Lille.  Lunchtime film club for Year 7 and 8 French. Weekly revision classes for Key Stage 4.

How can you help your child?

Encourage your child to use the websites we have suggested for extra practice. It is a fun way to practise what we have been learning in class. Students will receive a sticker with details of all of the websites that we subscribe to. Also encourage your child to learn vocabulary regularly and test them on it. You will improve your own language skills too! Again the websites that we subscribe to will help with this. It would be helpful if you could purchase a foreign language dictionary. Your language teacher can advise you which one to buy. Encourage an interest in the country whose language they are studying. Point them in the direction of TV programmes and newspaper articles on events happening in France. Foreign television programmes and radio stations can be accessed on line.