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Modern Foreign Languages

Thoughout each module of work the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be the means by which each topic will be practised.  Grammar will be systematically introduced, reviewed and developed.  At the end of each module students will review their work after assessment and identify areas for improvement.  Topics and themes will be explored, reviewed and expanded throughout the Programmes of Study

Year 7

Term 1

Students will learn to greet each other, spell words, count to 31 and beyond, learn dates, identify and describe school equipment.  These topics will also cover the grammar of masculine and feminine, some adjectives and j’ai + je suis.

Term 2

Students will learn to talk about themselves and family.  They will cover the grammar of verb endings, some plurals and to be and to have.

Term 3

Students will learn the vocabulary of school, covering subjects, times, opinions, subjects and daily activities.  They will learn to express some simple opinions and tell the time.

Term 4

Students will continue with the topic of school and will begin the one of sports.  There will be time also to introduce cultural aspects associated with Easter in France.  They will develop their knowledge of opinions and verb endings.

Term 5

This term will continue with sports and weekend activities.  Students will learn about sequence words, further opinions, future tense and further verb conjugations.

Term 6

Students will learn practical and dialogical French this term to enable those on the Y7 French trip to practise their spoken French in situ and those that aren’t to apply their learning to cultural aspects.  They will learn about shopping, simple items of food and drink and further expand their knowledge of numbers.

Year 8

Term 1

Students will learn vocabulary relating to the topic of house and home. This will include: areas and types of houses, rooms and floors, what furniture they have in their bedroom and opinions. Students will also learn to talk about their daily routine and household tasks in French.

Term 2

Students will learn to construct and use the perfect tense to describe what they did in the past. This relates specifically to hobbies and free time.

Term 3

Students will learn the vocabulary relating to food and healthy living. This will include food eaten at breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as different food groups. Students will also discuss and learn to talk about healthy lifestyles and future changes to support healthy living.

Term 4

The next topic is home town. Students will learn to talk about where they live: geographical location, places of interest, shops, say what they can do there, give their opinion. Students will also be able to talk about what they did last weekend and what they’re going to do next weekend to develop familiarity with a range of tenses.

Term 5

This term will be looking at holidays. Topics covered will include areas of France, countries, transport, types of accommodation, activities done whilst on holiday, dream holidays.

Term 6

Students will learn practical and dialogical French this term to develop vocabulary and confidence. Topics may include: body and illnesses, shopping for food and internet shopping, arranging to meet friends, the Tour de France, directions, Bastille Day.

 

GCSE French and Spanish Programme of Study

The specification covers three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers. Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where French is spoken.

3.1.1 Theme 1: Identity and culture
Theme 1: Identity and culture covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries / communities

3.1.2 Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

3.1.3 Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions