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‘Building powerful knowledge to grow confident & creative global citizens.’

At the Priory Lincoln Academy we are dedicated to developing global citizens of the future. Students develop knowledge and skills to communicate in French about themselves and the world around them.  A second language provides understanding beyond the practical purposes of communication. Having a good understanding in French builds capability in student language skills across all subjects. The cornerstones of listening, speaking, reading and writing in another language draw definite and helpful parallels with English grammar.  Students work hard learning the new vocabulary and enjoy the success of communicating in another language. 

Our recovery curriculum supports students' academic progress by acknowledging potential missed learning opportunities, supporting student wellbeing and facilitating enrichment.  We continue to develop students resilience and sense of achievement fostering their ambition and celebrating their successes.

We are committed to ensuring that pupils with SEND can fulfil their potential and achieve their best. Differentiation is used to ensure that new learning is matched to the pupils needs while allowing all children to be stretched and challenged. The Individual Profiles and EHCP’s for SEND identify specific strategies of support and intervention to support individual learning needs. Planning and teaching is adapted so that the curriculum can meet individual learning needs so that personalised learning can take place.

Within French, all learners are supported in their memory retention of core vocabulary using chunking of content. This helps to avoid cognitive overload. Students use memory aids and lots of visual clues to support their learning of high frequency verbs. Teachers help to scaffold the creation of sentences in French and flexible groups helps children to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing in class along with grammatical rules such as those for masculine and feminine. PSA’s (pupil support assistants) are deployed as per individual learning plans. Technology is used to supplement learning at home and help students to work towards fluency.

Year 7

Introduction to French

Self and Family


Practical French – Shopping and eating out

Year 8

House and Home

Sport and free time

Food and healthy living

Body and illness

Work and future plans

Year 9

Home town


Holidays and travel

Year 10

Link to specification:

Self and family

Technology in everyday life

Free time

Customs and festivals

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Year 11

Link to specification:

Social issues – Charity & Healthy living

Global Issues – Environment & Poverty

Travel and tourism

Life at school and college

Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Year 12 - 13.  French (studied at LSST as part of the joint 6th form provision)

This is a two-year course that will develop students ability to communicate in French at a higher level and includes the following content:

• Social Issues and Trends in the Francophone World

• Political and Artistic culture in the Francophone countries

• An in depth study of French Grammar

• The study of a film ( Les 400 Coups, Francois Truffaut) and a book (No et Moi, Delphine de Vigan)

French is assessed by final examination at the end of Year 13 through:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (including translation and grammar) Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 100 marks (50% of A Level)

Paper 2: Writing (one text and one film, and grammar) Written exam: 2 hours, 80 marks (20% of A Level)

Paper 3: Speaking (stimulus card, and discussion of a research project on an aspect of French speaking society, culture or political life) and the

Speaking exam: 21-23 minutes (inc 5 minutes preparation time), 60 marks (30% of A Level)