Languages Provision at Nidderdale High School


Students in year KS3 study  French (or French and German in year 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.


The KS3 Curriculum

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 and 1b –phonetics, class room instructions, self and family using être and avoir

Term2a – where I live, my home town

Term 2b – school

Term 3a – leisure


Year 8 Curriculum (8a and 8b)

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 - invitations and modal verbs

Term 2a - perfect tense with media and leisure

Term 2b - food and drink

Term 3a - holidays


Year 8 German

Term 1 – greetings, basic verbs, basic grammar, age, birthdays

Term 2 – school and reading longer texts with opinions.

Term 3 - Family and friends

Term 4 - Free-time

Term 5 – home/town


YEAR 9a and 9b – one topic per term

  •  Media
  •  Health and Fitness
  •  Travel and Accommodation
  •  More complex grammatical structures and tenses required for GCSE are taught during the lessons.
  •  Food and Drink
  •  Celebrations and festivals

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


Teaching and study


Year 7 - Taught in mixed ability groups, 6 hours of French per fortnight


Year 8

8A – 3 hours French and 3 hours German per fortnight

8B - 6 hours of French per fortnight


Year 9

9A - as in year 8

9B – FCSE French (6 hours of French per fortnight)


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


Key Stage 4

French AQA GCSE  8658  

German AQA GCSE 8668


Modern languages at KS4 prepare students to be able to read and use French or German in everyday life on familiar topics, including more ambitious topics such as environmental and social issues.  Students are asked to reflect on their own opinions about aspects of life now and in the future and also to be able to talk about where they live, their hopes and plans for the future and issues in relation to family and friends.  The course involves internet homeworks which enable students to practise their listening and reading skills at their own pace, and are also useful for personalised revision closer to the examinations.


KS4 The key stage 4 course for all modern languages covers 3 main themes which comprise 8 specific modules.  These are taught over 2 years in 5 hours per fortnight.


Theme 1 :  Identity and culture:  family and friends and relationships; free time activities; customs and festivals in target language communities and countries; technology in every day life; marriage

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest:  home, town neighbourhood and region;  social issues;  global issues; travel and tourism.

Theme 3:  Current and future study and employment; Jobs and career choices;  post 16 education.



There are 4 examinations which are either foundation (1-5) or higher (5-9).  Students must do either all higher or all foundation examinations.  The speaking examination is carried out during the month of April, and is conducted by the class room teacher on a specific day.  It can take between 9 and 15 minutes.


Listening exam  (35 mins foundation)  (45 minutes higher)

Reading:  45 minutes (foundation)  60 minutes (higher)

Writing:  60 minutes (foundation) 75 minutes (higher)


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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.