Meet the staff
Gisele Mahoney - Teacher of French


Subject overview
Students studying French cover a wide range of language and content which helps to support them with their reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in the foreign language.  Students are encouraged to engage with authentic literature and media sources to develop their understanding of the language whilst also learning about different cultures across the world where French is spoken.
At KS4, whether they are studying a language or not, pupils are offered the chance to participate in a trip to France to broaden their horizon! The first one is taking place in April 2020!


Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students follow a structured set of topics that build on their experience from primary schools, adding the required elements (tenses, more sophisticated writing skills and phonics) to prepare them for GCSE level. They will grow in confidence which will allow them to develop the competence to apply the knowledge gained, so they may become increasingly independent learners and users of a foreign language. Pupils at KS3 receive 2 lessons a week.


Year 7

Autumn term 1 - Bridging the gap. All students come in secondary with a different background. First half term is meant to get them up to speed to start with more general topics in the second half-term which are covered in lessons.

These are:-

Greetings, Age/numbers, Equipment, Colours, Pets, Family

Autumn term 2 - C’est perso / it’s personal and Describing yourself and others around you.

Spring term 1 - Mon college / My school
Describing your school, timetable, a 12-hour clock and comparing what French schools are like. 

Spring term 2 - Mes passetemps / my hobbies
Looking at technology, if we are sporty and what we like to do in our free time.

Summer term 1 - Ma zone/ where I live
Describing where we live, how to give directions and where we can go at the weekend.

Summer term 2 - 3…2…1 Partez/ 3…2…1 Let’s go!
Talking about our holidays, how to order in a café and where we would like to on holiday.

 

Year 8
Autumn term 1 - Recap over basics on describing yourself, where you live and following directions

Autumn term 2 - Describing what you do in your free time, looking at more complex structures along with future tenses
 
Spring term 1 - T’es branché? Are you connected?
Talking about TV programmes, cinema, films, and the internet 

Spring term 2 - Paris, je t’adore/ Paris I love you!
Talking about what you have visited in Paris using past tense structures, and what you did and French celebrations 

Summer term 1 - Mon identité/ my identity
Talking about yourself and your relationship with friends, your personality and what your tastes are
 
Summer term 2 - Chez moi, chez toi/ at my house, at your house!
Describing what there is in your home, at somebody else’s, what you eat and do.


 
Key Stage 4 
Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA examination course and take exams in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking at either Foundation or Higher Level.
As of September 2016, each paper will be worth 25% of the final mark.

The classes build on work done at Key Stage 3, increasing their confidence in pronunciation, comprehension skills and understanding through a varied range of activities, homework and assessments.

Years 9 and 10 receive 3 lessons a week. Year 11 receive 4 lessons a week.
 
Year 9

Autumn term 1 - GCSE Focus - Identity and Culture / Me, my family and friends

Autumn term 2 - GCSE Focus - Identity and Culture / Technology In Everyday Life

Spring term 1 - GCSE Focus - Identity and Culture / Free-time Activities

Spring term 2 - GCSE Focus - Identity and Culture / What you like to eat and what sport do you practice.

Summer 1 - GCSE Focus - Identity and culture - Customs in French speaking countries

Summer 2 - GCSE Focus - Identity and culture - Festivals in French speaking countries

 

Year 10
Autumn term 1 - GCSE Focus - Identity and Culture / Customs and Festivals

Autumn term 2 - GCSE Focus - Identity and Culture / Customs and festivals / Local, national, international and global areas of interest / Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Spring term 1 - GCSE Focus - Local, national, international and global areas of interest / Home, town, neighbourhood and region / Social issues

Spring term 2 - GCSE Focus - Local, national, international and global areas of interest / Social issues

Summer term 1 - GCSE Focus - Local, national, international and global areas of interest / Global issues

Summer term 2 - GCSE Focus - Local, national, international and global areas of interest / Travel and Tourism

 

Year 11
Autumn term 1 - GCSE Focus - Local, national, international and global areas of interest / Global Issues / Travel and tourism 

Autumn term 2 - GCSE Focus - Current and future study and employment / My studies / Life at school and college

Spring term 1 - GCSE Focus - Current and future study and employment / Jobs and career choices / Life ambitions and my future

Spring Term 2 - GCSE Focus - Bringing it all together Exam preparation and revision period

Summer term 1 - Speaking- Listening/ Reading/ Writing exams


How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?
Languages are learned best when they are discussed and used openly with others.  The best way to support your child outside of the classroom is to engage with them about the language that they are learning within their lessons.  Parents may choose to support with their regular vocabulary tests or ask them to show them the language that they have seen during classes.  Parents could also choose to support children with the cultural element of the course by asking them to openly discuss the differences between cultures and what they have found out about French culture. Parents can also help by reading out questions in French to their children to help practise for the speaking exam.