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What will I learn?

Our aim is to promote a love of language learning and an appreciation of different cultures. All pupils study both French and Spanish during Years 7 and 8. Among Departmental staff are a native French teacher, and a visiting French Assistant who takes small groups for French conversation.

Year 7 

In Year 7, we follow the new Allez course to prepare our students for GCSE from the beginning. The four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are developed through a range of activities and resources.   At the end of the year the Onatti Theatre Company visits us to perform their latest French comedy play.

Year 8 

In Year 8, we continue to follow the new Allez course to prepare our students for GCSE from the beginning. The four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are developed through a range of activities and resources.   At the end of the year the Onatti Theatre Company visits us to perform their latest French comedy play.

Year 9

In Year 8, pupils can choose to continue their study of French. We continue to follow the new Allez course to prepare our students for GCSE from the beginning. The four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are developed through a range of activities and resources.   At the end of the year the Onatti Theatre Company visits us to perform their latest French comedy play. The subject is brought to life with a visit to Northern France in Year 9.

GCSE

Pupils will already be familiar with some of the topics covered at GCSE and they will learn to discuss new themes such as French identity and culture; local, national, international and global areas of interest; current and future study and employment. Having already gained a good understanding of grammar, students will learn to communicate effectively when speaking and writing.

For GCSE we follow the AQA specification. There will be examinations for Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

A weekly GCSE French Clinic offers support to GCSE students and the French Film Club develops their listening and speaking skills. Year 10 students attend the GCSE French Revision Conference to gain advice from AQA examiners.