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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 there is a visiting French Assistant who takes small groups for French conversation.

Year 7 

In Year 7, we follow the Allez course to prepare pupils 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 start to follow the new Studio 2 course to continue preparing pupils for GCSE. 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 9, pupils can choose to continue their study of French. We continue to follow the new Studio course. 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, pupils will learn to communicate effectively and with spontaneity 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. Year 11 pupils attend the GCSE French revision conference to gain advice from AQA examiners.