Introduction to the subject:
In French we strive to develop the communication skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing. We aim to give pupils a basic knowledge not only of the language but also the culture of France and other French speaking (Francophone) countries and regions through topics, films, music and activities.
In year 7 classes are taught in mixed ability groups three times a week, in years 8 &9 classes are broadly set based on cumulative summative assessment results and have two lessons a week in year 8 and five lessons a fortnight in year 9 currently. Topics studied include personal information, family and pets, hobbies, school, holidays, healthy living & illness, classroom language, daily routine, film & TV, the world of work and part time jobs, pocket money, house, home and local area, shopping, food and drink.
Useful links for KS3:
www.zut.org.uk (Free after 4:30pm)
In KS4 we currently follow the new WJEC syllabus for GCSE French, although we are also looking to introduce a qualification entitled “Global Communication in French”.
At KS4 we study a range of topics covered by three themes: Identity and Culture, Current and Future Study and Employment, Wales and the world. These are further subdivided into 9 topics. The course is assessed by terminal exam in year 11 and aims to develop pupils’ comprehension and communication through listening, speaking, reading and writing. The exam now includes skills such as translation, essay writing, letter writing and reading tasks based on literary texts. This is a highly academic qualification.
Useful links for KS4:
www.zut.org.uk (Free after 4:30pm); duolingo (free app); BBC Bitesize; WJEC resources
WJEC revision guide; Mary Glasgow Ça Va?Magazine (KS4), ‘Bonjour !’ Magazine (KS3)