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Head of Department: Mrs M Collado-Canas

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Year 8

Students are assessed on an on-going basis in French to help them realise that language learning is something that cannot be ‘crammed for’ before one major assessment at the end of a school year. Language learning is a continual process that constantly builds on previous vocabulary and grammar. For this reason we have milestone tasks in the skills of listening, reading, speaking, writing and grammar. These are taken throughout the year and when the class is ready for them rather than at a set time. Students will note the date of these assessed tasks in their planner and always have one week to prepare for them (and two weeks for speaking).

Half term

Course Content:  Knowledge and Skills

Assessment : Key pieces and dates

1

Me and My Family: French phonics; personal information such as name, age; members of the family; animals.

 Grammar: the verbs avoir (to have) and être (to be); regular –er verbs; the different words for my (mon, ma & mes).

 

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

2

Me and My Family continued: physical description and character; opinions.

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

 

3

School: school subjects; time; timetable; opinions.

Grammar: asking questions; prendre (to take); faire (to do); translating the French ‘on’.

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

4

Food & Snacks.

Ideal School.

Grammar: partitive article (du/de la/des); asking questions.

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

5

Hobbies & sports: talking about what you do in your free time; how often; why; opinions; extreme sports.

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

6

Weather.

Talking about what you like to do in more detail.

 

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

Groupings    

Students are taught in sets. There are two French sets in Year 8, who learn French alongside Spanish and will  continue with both languages into Year 9. The sets are reviewed regularly based on students’ classwork and homework, milestone results and teacher assessment. 

Homework Information

There is no homework timetable in French. Students are set a variety of homework activities as and when it is deemed appropriate and relevant by the class teacher.  Some weeks short, consolidation tasks are set such as reading comprehensions or grammar activities. These may be expected to be completed from one lesson to the next. Students are usually given one week for vocabulary learning and written homework.

Extended Study Information

There are many online resources which your child can access to further improve their French. The advantage of these is that they offer immediate feedback to the learner. The main websites that students will be familiar with are www.linguascope.co.uk and www.vocabexpress.com. Links and log in information for these websites, as well as other useful language learning sites can be found on Cambourne Learn, accessible through the school website.


Students are also encouraged to revise vocabulary that they have met on a regular basis to make sure it stays in their long-term memory. They can also research further vocabulary on the topics met in class and vocabulary in areas of their own, personal interests.

Equipment    

A pencil, rubber, ruler and a couple of writing pens (black and coloured ones) are always essential in every French lesson. Students should also make sure they bring their vocabulary/grammar booklet to every class.  Students may find that their own set of highlighters may be useful, but these are not compulsory. There are dictionaries in each classroom but their own dictionary may be useful as well.

Visits /  Extra-Curricular opportunities 

In Year 9 students will have the opportunity to participate in the French Exchange in collaboration with Comberton Village College.

Year 9

Pupils are assessed on an on-going basis in French to help them realise that language learning is something that cannot be ‘crammed for’ before one major assessment at the end of a school year. Language learning is a continual process that constantly builds on previous vocabulary and grammar. For this reason we have milestone tasks in the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing and also on grammar. These are taken throughout the year and when the class is ready for them rather than at a set time. Pupils will note the date of these assessed tasks in their planner in advance of the task.

Half term

Course Content:  Knowledge and Skills

Assessment : Key pieces and dates

1

Topic: Where you live: Talking about where you go. Saying what one can/wants to do in town; places in town.

Activities in town; There is/are / there isn’t / there aren’t.

 Grammar: revision of present tense verbs;  one can / one cannot / want + infinitive verb; revision of negatives; using à + the definite article.

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

2

Topic: Weekend plans: What are we going to do? Talking about getting ready to go out (usually do / going to do…); asking questions; weather.

Grammar: Future tense – conditional  (je voudrais/ j’aimerais).

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

3

Topic: Holidays: Talking about your holiday plans – what you would like to do; talking about what you have done; countries;

transport; asking questions.

Grammar: introduction to Perfect tense; Il y avait / c’était (there were / it was); comparatives / superlatives; revision of negatives.

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

4

Topic: Healthy Living; food; meals; restaurants; what did you eat yesterday? What do you usually eat?

 Grammar:

-       reinforcing perfect tense with auxiliary ‘to have’;

-       reinforcing future tense;

-       article a or de+ infinitive;

-       adverbs of time.

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

5

Topic: Healthy Living

Body parts; Illnesses; At the Doctor’s / Pharmacy

Grammar:

Expressions with ‘to be’ and ‘to have’.

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

6

Revision of Year 8 and Year 9 key language (including vocabulary and grammar) as appropriate to class needs.

French culture.

Regular vocabulary tests and milestone tasks.

 

Groupings    

Pupils are taught in sets. There is one set that learns French in Year 9. The sets are reviewed regularly based on pupils’ classwork and homework, milestone results and teacher assessment.

Homework Information

There is no homework timetable in French. Pupils are set a variety of homework activities as and when it is deemed appropriate and relevant by the class teacher. Some weeks short, consolidation tasks are set such as reading comprehensions or grammar activities. These may be expected to be completed from one lesson to the next. Pupils are usually given one week for vocabulary learning and written homework.

Extended Study Information

There are many online resources which your child can access to further improve their French. The advantage of these is that they offer immediate feedback to the learner. The main websites that pupils will be familiar with are www.linguascope.co.uk and www.vocabexpress.com. Pupils are also encouraged to revise vocabulary that they have met on a regular basis to make sure it stays in their long-term memory. They can also research further vocabulary on the topics met in class and vocabulary in areas of their own, personal interests.

Equipment    

A pencil, rubber, ruler and a couple of writing pens (black and coloured ones) are always essential in every French lesson. Pupils should also make sure they bring their vocabulary/grammar booklet to every class. Pupils may find that their own set of highlighters may be useful, but these are not compulsory. There are dictionaries in each classroom but their own dictionary may be useful.

Visits /  Extra-Curricular opportunities 

Pupils have the opportunity to take part in a French exchange in Year 9 with a school in Angers and if there are any places left the trip can also be offered to Year 8 pupils.  This is a shared exchange with Comberton Village College. The exact dates are confirmed each academic year and the exchange lasts for a week. Pupils stay with their exchange partner’s family, carefully chosen for their compatibility, shared interests and hospitality. The lively university town of Angers is the capital of the ancient county of Anjou and stands majestically on the banks of the Maine. This medieval city boasts World Heritage sites, an imposing castle and a stunning cathedral. Pupils will also spend a day at Le Puy du Fou which is a historical theme park, the fourth most popular attraction in France, which is located in the heart of Vendée region .

The exchange has been planned to provide the very best opportunities to experience French life and culture, to improve French listening and speaking skills, take part in cross-curricular projects and to make new friends abroad.  This unique enriching experience opens the mind to other cultures while motivating them further in their studies.

An overview of the itinerary is as follows:

  • Coach to London, then Eurotunnel to Paris, finally TGV to Angers
  • A day with exchange partner in school
  • Day trip to Vendée to visit Le Puy du Fou
  • Tour of Angers, including the cathedral, old town and castle.

Years 10 & 11

Course Content

Pupils study the language across the four main skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing (including Translation). The specification covers three distinct themes. Pupils are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where French is spoken. The course is divided into 8 modules across two years and will cover one or more of the themes and sub-themes in each module.  The themes will not necessarily be studied in this order.

Theme 1: Identity and Culture
Subthemes: Me, my family and friends; Technology in everyday life; Free time; Customs and festivals

Theme 2; Local, national, international and Global areas of interest
Subthemes: Home, town, neighbourhood and region; Social issues; Global issues; Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
Subthemes: My studies; Life at school/college; Education post-16; Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Grouping

There will be one French group, following the Higher GCSE course book. Support will be provided as appropriate to ensure all abilities within this are appropriately stretched.

Homework

Homework will be set every week and will be a combination of vocabulary learning and reading, writing or grammar consolidation. It is essential that pupils dedicate 30—60 minutes per week to vocabulary learning. Key vocabulary for the course can be accessed via the vocabulary-learning website, Quizlet.

Equipment

Pupils will be issued with a GCSE textbook, which they must be responsible for and bring to every lesson. In addition to this, pupils need to have a blue or black pen, pencil, and ruler.

Many pupils find it useful to have a glue stick and a set of highlighters for highlighting key vocabulary.

Visits/Extra-curricular

Pupils had the opportunity to take part in the French Exchange in Year 9. If other opportunities arise, they should take full advantage.