Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, students have three lessons a fortnight of French and three lessons of Spanish, studying topics such as family, hobbies, school, and sports, and learning some basic grammar. They also study the culture of the country through songs, short film studies and celebrations.

Currently in Year 8, students are put into sets and some students have five lessons a fortnight of French, while others continue with four. Students continue to develop their grammar knowledge, while studying more new and exciting topics such as food and drink and world countries through the study of an African tale, Kirikou, based in Senegal. From September 2017, the department will also introduce Spanish to the Year 8 cohort.

As well as building on previously taught topics and language, students in Year 9, also study a cultural element of France by completing a research-based project of: a French-speaking country, Paris, the Tour de France or a well known French film to enrich their experience of studying a foreign language.

Key Stage 3 students are also able to participate in trips abroad. Students have visited Boulogne and Paris in the past and the department is looking into offering a trip to Spain.

Key Stage 4

From Year 10, students can choose to take French at GCSE. The school follows the Edexcel GCSE course and the students learn how to talk about topics such as their experience of school life, what they do at weekends, work experience, holidays, their home town and the environment. They also continue to improve their understanding and use of grammar. Key Stage 4 French students have the opportunity to attend revision sessions after school to gain vital skills in preparation for the GCSE examinations.

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Edexcel GCSE in French

Edexcel Pearson

1FR01

Year 10

Term 1

Who am I? Describing myself and people around me

Term 2

Hobbies and spare time

Celebrations in France

Term 3

Hometown

Holidays

Year 11

Term 1

School

Employment

Term 2

Catch up, revision skills and preparation for final exams

Link to specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/french-2016.coursematerials.html

Key Stage 5

The Modern Languages Department also offers the opportunity to study French at A Level. The school follows the AQA AS Level and A2 Level courses where the students learn how to discuss social and cultural issues in France and in French speaking countries. Students also study a French film at AS level and literature at A level. At A level, they are also expected to research a cultural element of a French-speaking country and complete a speaking assessment on this. A growing number of students opt to take French at A Level and are offered the opportunity to complete a week’s work experience in France to enhance their linguistic and cultural knowledge, in preparation for their A Level exams, as well as gaining greater confidence and independence before going on to university or entering the world of work.

 

Key Stage 5

The Modern Languages Department also offers the opportunity to study French at A Level. The school follows the AQA AS Level and A2 Level courses where the students learn how to discuss social and cultural issues in France and in French speaking countries. Students also study a French film at AS level and literature at A level. At A level, they are also expected to research a cultural element of a French-speaking country and complete a speaking assessment on this. A growing number of students opt to take French at A Level and are offered the opportunity to complete a week’s work experience in France to enhance their linguistic and cultural knowledge, in preparation for their A Level exams, as well as gaining greater confidence and independence before going on to university or entering the world of work.