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.
 

 

Members of 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.

 

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.

There are vocabulary tests as well as half termly assessments.

 

Content

Year 7

Year 8

Lifestyle project: My Life and me

Covered in lessons:

  • Describing yourself, how old you are, where you live
  • Learning about activities you do during your free time using the past tense
  • Negative structures
  • Social media, the advantages and disadvantages of it
  • Physical descriptions

 

Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

Autumn term 1

French literature project: Harry Potter à l’école des sorciers

Covered in lessons:

  • Describing yourself
  • Emotions
  • Dictionary skills
  • Question words
  • Parts of the body, masculine, feminine, plural, adjectives and their genders agreements
  • Fantastic creatures

 

Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

Autumn term 2

Historical project: World War One

Covered in lessons:

  • Countries involved in the war
  • Describing your uniform
  • Writing about being a soldier
  • Studying a poem about being in the trenches
  • The Christmas Truce
  • Watching the film ‘Joyeux Noel’ linked to the topic

Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

Global project: The world around us

Covered in lessons:

  • Looking different issues that put our planet in danger through reading comprehension
  • Using future tense to see what we can do to help
  • Looking at complex structures to write about it

 

 

Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

Spring term 1

Tourism project: Safari park experience

Covered in lessons:

  • Differences between safari parks and zoos
  • Colours and getting around in a safari park labelling a map and role play
  • Where do animals come from
  • Reading comprehension about what animals eat, writing about animals
  • Numbers

 

Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

School focus project: My Studies and My Future

Covered in lessons:

  • My daily routine and telling the time through reflexive verbs
  • Jobs and different paths after school with complex structure (it is possible that…)
  • Different types of jobs in French using future tense
  • School rules and how they impact on our behaviour using negative structures

 

Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

Spring term 2

French history and Culture: The French Revolution

Covered in lessons:

  • Difference between a monarchy and a republic
  • Causes of the French revolution, exploring why the people were unhappy and writing about it
  • The storming of the bastille through a reading comprehension
  • The different symbols of the Republic including ‘La Marseillaise’

 

Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

House and Home project: My Town and Where I live

Covered in lessons:

  • Describing your home, where you live and who you live with through adjective agreements, definite and indefinite articles
  • Facilities in town, what do you do in and around town, use of ‘etre’ in all tenses
  • Looking at charity work and the impact it has on others through specific verbs
  • Healthy living, what you used to eat then and what you eat now through imperfect tense
  • Family relationships

 

Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

 

 

Summer term 1

Media project:  ‘Bienvenu chez les Ch’tis’

Covered in lessons:

  • Different film genres
  • Expressing opinions and using connectives with adjectives
  • Translation

 

Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

Media Project: ‘Les Choristes’

Covered in lessons:

  • Describing characters
  • Describing your family
  • Expressing opinions to write about the film

 

Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

Summer term 2

 Literature project: book yet to be decided.

A piece of French literature will be used around a chosen topic for this half term.

Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

Transactional language: practising speaking skills through different activities with a focus on France

Covered in lessons:

  • What can you eat in a French restaurant?
  • Role play waiter/ customer
  • Using direction in a French city

 Two vocabulary tests and end of term assessment.

 

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.

 

content

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn term 1

GCSE Focus

Identity and Culture

Me, my family and friends

GCSE Focus

Identity and Culture

Free-time Activities

GCSE Focus

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Social issues

Autumn term 2

 

GCSE Focus

Identity and Culture

Technology In Everyday Life

GCSE Focus

Identity and Culture

Customs and Festivals

GCSE Focus

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Travel and tourism

Current and future study and employment

Spring term 1

 

GCSE Focus

Identity and Culture

Free-time Activities

GCSE Focus

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

GCSE Focus

Current and future study and employment

My studies

Life at school and college

Spring term 2

GCSE Focus

Identity and Culture

Customs and Festivals

GCSE Focus

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Social issues and global issues

GCSE Focus

Current and future study and employment

Jobs and career choices

Life ambitions and my future

Summer term 1

GCSE Focus

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

GCSE Focus

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Travel and tourism

GCSE Focus

Bringing it all together Exam preparation and revision period

Summer term 2

 GCSE Focus

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Social issues

GCSE Focus

Current and future study and employment

Education Post-16

Jobs and career choices

Life ambitions and my future

 

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

Languages are learnt 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.