Year 7 are taught French in mixed ability groups, 6 hours of French per fortnight

Year 8 Set 1 – 3 hours French and 3 hours German per fortnight, All other groups 6 hours of French per fortnight

Year 9 Set 1 – 3 hours French and 3 hours German per fortnight, Other Year 9 groups FCSE French (6 hours of French per fortnight)

KS4 - Year 10 – currently fast track French– 5 hours per week to GCSE level in 1 year.



Students in year KS3 study  French (or French and German in yr 8 and 9 for certain groups) for 3 hours per week and we aim for all students to have an enjoyable and hands on experience of French, using French to speak to each other and to staff within lessons.   The curriculum is designed to show progression in the understanding and use of grammar and taught through topic areas.  


Students continue with French from primary, developing and practising their writing, reading, listening and speaking skills.  We use Boardworks, Kerboodle, Expo and a wide of additional resources.   Learning of key vocabulary and grammar points is extremely important at this stage to enable good progress to take place as the GCSE from 2017 is not based on controlled assessments and confidence in the formation and use of verbs in a range of tenses is crucial, use of basic and complex grammatical constructions in addition to confidence in the use of a wide vocabulary on each topic.  We aim for students to use the target language both with staff and each other within the classroom.


Throughout KS3 students are encouraged to think and work independently and to learn to conjugate and use verbs in a range of tenses and contexts in order to be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken work in the target language.   Students are encouraged to research life in francophone countries and to learn about the life of families and young people in these countries too.


Year 7

Term 1a – self and family

Term 1b – where I live

Term2a – my home town

Term 2b – school

Term 3a – leisure


Year 8

June  to July – sports and hobbies with introduction of future tense and modal verbs

Term 1a:   more in depth family information including jobs and places of work.

Term 1b :  perfect tense with media and leisure

Term 2a:  invitations and modal verbs

Term 2b food and drink

Term 3a – holidays


Year 9 – one topic per term


Health and Fitness

Travel and Accommodation

More complex grammatical structures and tenses required for GCSE are taught during the lessons.

Food and Drink

If time allows students will study travel and accommodation, heroes and environmental issues.


KS4 examinations taken in Summer 2017:  Students are completing the Edexcel GCSE French course during 5 hours per week within one year.  This course is based on a solid understanding of grammar and vocabulary related to everyday life and covers topics such as:  employment and future plans; education; family life and relationships; environmental issues and how we react to them; sport and leisure activities; healthy lifestyle and lifestyle choices and the lives of other people.


The examination is made up of 4 parts.  There are 4 controlled assessments (2 speaking and 2 writing) which take place throughout the year. These each are 15% of the overall mark, making a total of 60% for controlled assessment.   There are two exams during the first week of the examination season for listening (20%) and reading (20%).  These examinations are tiered and students can be entered for either foundation or higher.


In order to help students to make the most progress regular revision and consolidation of grammatical structures and verb tenses is vital.   Websites such as, Memrise, Duolingo, Quizlet and French are all useful sites where students can find information about different aspects of French.


Youtube is also a valuable resource for songs for verbs, grammatical videos, and authentic French songs.  Students who wish to take the higher tier examinations need to do additional reading of longer French passages.   is a great site for current news and information aimed at young French readers and is ideal to read about topics in our news. is an excellent website with information and current affairs including videos about the lives of young people in different parts of the world.