Head of Department: Mr N Saxton (Head of Faculty) -

One of the best reasons to learn French is to help you understand your own language.  Although English is a Germanic language, French has had a big influence on it and the English language uses a lot of French words.

French is spoken as a native language in more than twenty countries in the world; depending on your sources, French is the 11th most common native language in the world, with over 70 million native speakers.  French is also the second most commonly taught second language in the world (after English).

The syllabus focuses on developing the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Listening: skills of listening for gist and information in French.
Speaking: confidence to give information about particular topics in French for different purposes and audiences.
Reading: skills of reading for gist and extracting information from French texts.
Writing: confidence to write creatively an in-depth about certain topics in French.

Year 11 Course Title: GCSE French

Exam Board & Code: Edexcel 1FR0    Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)


Listening: Written  Examination – 25%
Speaking: Oral Assessment – 25%
Reading: Written Examination – 25%
Writing: Written  Examination – 25%


GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)

Year 9

Term 1: Paris; the perfect tense with être; irregular verbs in the perfect tense; personal characteristics; reflexive verbs in the present tense
Term 2: 
Music and fashion; revision of the future tense; house and home
Term 3: 
Food and meals; ambitions and future plans; using the three tenses together

Year 10

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE French Studio Course Book

Term 1: 
(i) Friends and family, family relationships, going out, the person I admire, revision of the present, past and near future tenses
(ii) Sport and leisure, using technology, reading, music, Tv and film

Term 2:
Describing daily routine, shopping for clothes, festivals and traditions, celebrations

Term 3:
Town and directions, regions of France, tourist information, advantages and disadvantages of local area, the future tense, si clauses

Year 11

Term 1:
(i) Town and directions, regions of France, tourist information, advantages and disadvantages of the local area, the future tense, si clauses
(ii) Holidays, the conditional tense, staying in a hotel, eating in a restaurant, travelling, buying souvenirs, holiday disasters

Term 2:
(i) Jobs, work and career choices, future plans,the role of foreign languages, applying for jobs, the comparative and superlative, the present subjunctive, verbs followed by prepositions
(ii) Global problems, protecting the environment, ethical shopping, volunteering, large events, the passive voice

Term 3:
Exam preparation

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Year 7

Term 1:
Introductions; numbers; age and birthdays; school equipment; colours and animals
Term 2:
Family, where you live; likes & dislikes and personality; the present tense of regular ‘er’ verbs
Term 3:
Physical descriptions; school subjects and opinions; telling the time; food and drink; the verbs avoir and être

Year 8

Term 1:
Hobbies and interests; the weather; town and local area; directions; modal verbs
Term 2:
Holidays and the future tense; TV and the cinema
Term 3:
Media; Paris; the perfect tense with avoir

Other Teachers of French

Mrs S Benson -
Miss A Karan -
Mrs S Siddiqui -
Mrs M Woodburn -