Key Stage 3

Year 7

Half-term 1:

Likes and dislikes, survival kit/school equipment, describing self-personality, describing others-hair and eyes, describing a musician

Half-term 2:

School subjects, giving opinions, telling the time, describing your timetable, describing a school day, food

Half-term 3: 

Use of computers and mobile phones, playing sports, leisure activities, saying what you like to do, talking about what others do.

Half-term 4:

Describing a town/village, directions, saying where you go, inviting others to go somewhere, saying what you can do in a town.

Half-term 5:

Talking about holidays, routine/getting ready to go out, buying drinks and snacks, higher numbers, holiday plans, saying what you would like to do.

Half-term 6:

Talking about animals, writing a poem, describing a painting.

Year 8

Half-term 1:

Talking about TV programmes, talking about films, reading, using the internet, weather and activities.

Half-term 2:

Saying what you can do in Paris, saying what you like doing, asking for tourist information, saying what you visited and what it was like, saying what you did.

Half-term 3:

Describing my personality, saying what you do with friends, talking about the music I listen to, talking about clothes, saying what you did last weekend.

Half-term 4:

Saying where you would like to live, describing your house, talking about meals, discussing what food to buy, talking about a future event.

Half-term 5:

Talking about your talents and ambitions, saying what you must and can do, telling someone what to do, describing people’s personalities, showing what you can do with the French language.

Half-term 6:

World geography and French-speaking countries, how to plant a garden, the French Revolution. 

Key Stage 4

French GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Course Structure: this is a 3 year course which is divided into 4 Units; Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

Assessment Year 9, 10 and 11

100% examination (listening 25%, reading 25%, speaking 25%, writing 25%)

The course covers three different themes:

Identity and Culture

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Current and future study and employment

Other Language GCSEs

Students who have other Home Languages are encouraged to take a GCSE exam in those Languages. In the past, students have successfully completed GCSE exams in Arabic, Panjabi, Bengali, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Spanish.

Teaching and Learning

Students are taught Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing skills in Language lessons. A wide variety of teaching methods are employed to develop these skills, such as:

Listening to native speakers

Use of songs

Speaking in pairs


Conducting class surveys

Use of mini-whiteboards

Interactive whiteboard games

Reading comprehension

Card games

Team games

Writing in French

Reading aloud

Grammar activities

Using a dictionary


At Key Stage 3, students complete 6 modules of work each year and are formally assessed at the end of each of these modules. The end of module assessment tests students’ knowledge on the 4 different assessment objectives: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills, although not all four skills will be tested at the end of every half-term

At Key stage 4, students complete two Controlled Written Assessments in Year 10, and 2 Controlled Speaking Assessments in Year11. They are tested on Listening and Reading skills by means of an exam in the Summer term of Year 11.


Homestudy tasks are set once a week. At Key stage 3, students may be expected to complete a worksheet, do a piece of writing or learn vocabulary.

At Key Stage 4, students will be given worksheets, written tasks, revision for examinations or vocabulary learning.