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 devoping 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

We are awaiting confirmation of the new Year 10 syllabus from the exam board for September 2017.  Current Year 10 students are continuing with their studies from the previous syllabus.

Term 1:
Term 2:
Term 3:

Year 11

Term 1:
Work and work experience; future plans; Controlled Assessments
Term 2:
Food & Drink; sport; health & fitness; Controlled Assessments
Term 3:
Examination practice for the Listening and Reading Examinations

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

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