French at the Holy Family Catholic School is the study of both the French language and culture of French-speaking countries. During the course, both the vocabulary and grammatical structures that feature in the French language will be studied. The cultural aspect of the course allows students to see themselves at global citizens. They will also be given the opportunity to travel to France during key stage 3 to experience the French culture and language first hand.
French is an academic subject, where the abilities to see patterns and apply them are particularly useful. Students will be required to reflect on French vocabulary and grammatical structures and be able to use them to be creative in their French speaking and writing. Students will also develop their reading and listening skills, to enable them to identify key pieces of information in a variety of authentic texts. They will also be encouraged to compare and contrast their experiences of the English language and culture with that of French speaking countries.
Develop a good working knowledge of key French vocabulary across a variety of relevant topics, which can be presented in written or spoken form.
Understand how sentence structure works in French and to be able to use and adapt this to create their own pieces of creative and factual writing.
Improve their pattern spotting abilities to be able to see and apply grammatical rules that are standard in the French language.
Be able to converse in French across a variety of relevant topics and levels, for example being able to talk about themselves and their interests, transactional conversations, such as shopping for souvenirs or eating in a café.
Develop their own reading abilities to be able to read authentic French texts for gist or to infer meaning, as well as looking for clues in the language used to inform this.
Become more familiar with how the French language sounds when it is spoken so that information becomes easier to understand, as well as using these sounds to improve the students’ own French accents.
Use the knowledge and skills developed in French to complete several types of tasks that replicate events and activities that are commonplace in day to day life.
Begin to see themselves as citizens of the world and gain an insight into how people in French-speaking countries live and behave. Students will be able to see parallels and differences between these cultures.
Autumn 1: Introducing yourself and others
Autumn 2: School life
Spring 1: Hobbies and free time
Spring 2: Where I live
Summer 1: Holiday plans
Summer 2: Creative use of French
Autumn 1: TV, film and internet
Autumn 2: Paris
Spring 1: More about me
Spring 2: Meals and social events
Summer 1: Talents
Summer 2: French history and geography
Autumn 1: Making arrangements
Autumn 2: Healthy living
Spring 1: Future career plans
Spring 2: Planning trips abroad
Summer 1: More about me
Summer 2: Vocabulary and grammar preparation for GCSE
The students will be levelled at the end of each unit of work. This will be completed in line with the school policy. Feedback will be given to the students verbally and a record is made of this by the students, who will then reflect on their own strengths and areas for development for the next unit of work. At the end of each unit the students will complete an assessment and this will be levelled and written feedback and targets for the students will be produced.
What it leads to in KS4
The French department offers the GCSE French course at KS4. This course allows students to continue to develop the skills and vocabulary gained in key stage 3 and take them a step further, allowing students to become more fluent in French. The skills tested at GCSE level and reading, writing, listening and speaking in several types of tasks and topics that reflect and develop the themes covered in key stage 3.