Key Stage 3
We start the year with the access programme (accès Studio) to make sure all students have a basic knowledge of French. We then use the Studio 1 book which covers the present tense, modal verbs, the near future and topics such as personal descriptions, school, hobbies, holidays and use of modern technology. Students have regular homework, vocabulary tests as well as an end of unit test after each unit studied. These usually cover two skills (speaking/listening/writing) and levels are awarded for each skill.
In Year 8 we finish Studio 1 then go onto the Studio 2 book. It covers the three tenses (past, present and future) and topics such as TV viewing, Internet use, visiting Paris, music and the environment. Students have regular homework, vocabulary tests as well as an end of unit test after each unit studied. These usually cover two skills (speaking/listening/writing) and levels are awarded for each skill.
Topics to be covered: the course will be split into topics such as leisure, houses, the environment, transport, holidays, shopping, special celebrations and a start will be made for GCSE work on health and family.
Learning experiences: students will learn about the French culture and will have the opportunity to use the language in role play situations and group work. Students will also be given the opportunity to visit France and experience the language and culture first hand.
Pathways to Year 10 Options: After the completion of the bridging course in Year 9, students will be able to join the two year GCSE course in French.
Accreditation: GCSE with AQA board.
Prior knowledge/skills/interests needed to apply for this course: You should be interested in languages and other cultures. You will need to show you are good at learning vocabulary and have a good homework track record. You must enjoy communicating with others and have a good level in the current year you are in. You also need to be able to work independently. For Year 9 into Year 10, you will be expected to have studied the language the previous year.
Other information (materials, teamwork and attendance): You will be expected to catch up with any missed lesson when absent by logging onto Canvas. Students are expected to have their own dictionary and we strongly advise that if you are considering taking GCSE as an option you should continue languages in Year 9 and NOT miss a year.