Modern Languages

Modern Languages

Departmental Intent

 

A broad and balanced curriculum which produces well rounded and informed members of society who can achieve outstanding academic success.


A curriculum that meets the needs of all and improves over time, refined and owned by a reflective and professional staff body.

 

 

YEAR 7
YEAR 8
YEAR 9
YEAR 10
YEAR 11
YEAR 7

TERM 1

Unit 1: Introductions

By end of this unit students will be able to talk about their family and likes and dislikes using the verbs avoir (to have) and aimer (to like).

Topics Include:

 

  • Saying your name, age, birthday
  • Talking about brothers, sisters and age
  • Describing a classroom
  • Talking about likes and dislikes
  • Describing yourself

 

Unit 2: My school

By end of this unit students will be able to talk about their life at school, giving and justifying their opinions using adjectives.

Students will also learn about schools in France and Christmas in Francophone countries.

 

Topics Include:
  • Saying what you think of your school subjects and why.
  • Talking about what you wear to school.
  • Talking about your school day.

 

TERM 2

Unit 3: My free-time

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to talk about sports and activities, using the verbs jouer (to play) and faire (to do) and give their opinions using the verb aimer (to like) + infinitive.

They will also learn about different sports in Francophone countries.

 

Topics Include:

 

  • Talking about which sports you play
  • Talking about activities you do
  • Discovering sport in French-speaking countries

 

Unit 4: My home

 

By the end of this unit students will be able to describe their family and where they live, using possessive adjectives and the nous form of -er verbs.

Students learn about home life in Francophone countries.

 

Topics Include:
  • Describing your family
  • Describing where you live
  • Talking about breakfast

 

TERM 3

Unit 5: My weekends

 

By the end of this unit students will be able to say where they go at the weekend, and talk about their plans using the near future tense.

Students learn about popular French snacks and drinks.

 

Topics Include:
  • Saying where you go at the weekend
  • Ordering drinks and snacks in a cafe
  • Saying what you are going to do
YEAR 8

TERM 1

Unit 1: My holidays

 

By the end of this unit students will be able to describe a holiday and a trip out using the perfect tense.

 

Topics Include:

 

  • Describing school holidays and a trip
  • Asking and answering questions about a trip

 

Unit 2: Celebrations

 

By the end of this unit students will be able to discuss celebrations and buy food at a market.

They will revise use of the present and near future tenses and continue to practise the perfect tense.

Students will learn about festivals and celebrations in the Francophone world and traditional French cuisine.

 

Topics Include:
  • Talking about festivals and celebrations
  • Saying what you like and dislike
  • Buying food at a market
  • Talking about a future trip

 

TERM 2

Unit 3: My social life

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to talk about TV programmes and digital technology and use a rage of tenses.

Students also learn about leisure activities in Francophone countries.

 

Topics Include:
  • Talking about digital technology
  • Arranging to go to the cinema
  • Buying cinema tickets
  • Talking about leisure activities

 

Unit 4: My routine

By the end of this unit students will be able to describe where they live and their daily routine, expressing and justifying their opinions.

They will be able to use different persons of the verb and modal verbs as well as reflexive verbs in the context of daily routine. Students learn about geographical aspects of France and Francophone countries.

 

Topics Include:
  • Describing where you live
  • Talking about daily routine
  • Talking about moving house

 

TERM 3

Unit 5: Sports

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to talk about sports, expressing their likes / dislikes and using the comparative.

Students learn about some famous sportspeople in the Francophone world.

Topics Include:
  • Talking about sports
  • Giving opinions about sports
  • Talking about injuries and illness
YEAR 9

TERM 1

Unit 1: My teenage life

By the end of this unit students will be able to discuss their leisure activities and describe their friends using the perfect tense and/or the near future tense.

Topics Include:
  • Talking about likes and dislikes
  • Talking about after-school clubs and activities
  • Describing your friends
  • Describing birthday celebrations
Unit 2: Future plans

By the end of this unit students will be able to talk about jobs and what they want to do in the future using modal verbs and the future tense.

Topics Include:
  • Talking about what you want to do when you are older
  • Talking about what you will do in the future
  • Talking about what things will be like in the future

 

TERM 2

Unit 3: Change

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to talk about their primary and secondary schools and about how things have changed, using the comparative and the imperfect tense.

 

Topics Include:
  • Comparing your primary and secondary school
  • Talking about how things have changed
  • Interviewing a young refugee

 

Unit 4: The natural world

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to talk about animals and natural world, and plastic and the environment, using the superlative and the conditional tense.

 

Topics Include:
  • Talking about animals and the natural world
  • Talking about plastic and the environment
  • Talking about what you would like to do to change the world

 

TERM 3

Unit 5: Travel

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to discuss where they would like to travel, discussing plans for the future using a range of structures and tenses. 

 

Topics Include:
  • Discussing where you would like to go
  • Discussing impressive sites and monuments
  • Discussing plans for the future
  • Discussing a past trip
YEAR 10

TERM 1

 

Unit 1: Me, my family and friends

 By the end of this unit students will be able to talk about their family, friends, and relationships using a range of tenses.

 

Topics Include:
  • Describing family, friends and relationships and discussing role models.
  • Arranging to go out and describing a day out.

 

Unit 2: Free-time activities

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to talk about their free-time activities, including sports, online activities, reading and TV programmes, using the imperfect tense and superlative adjectives.

 

Topics Include:
  • Describing the sports you do, books you read, and TV viewing habits.

 

TERM 2

 

Unit 3: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries / communities

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to talk about customs and festivals in French-speaking countries.

 

Topics Include:
  • Describing your daily life, food for special occasions, family celebrations, festivals and traditions

 

Unit 4: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to describe a region, talk about their town, discuss what to see and do, discuss plans and the weather.

 

Topics Include:
  • Describing a region, talking about your town

 

 

TERM 3

 

Unit 5: Travel and tourism

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to describe an ideal holiday, book and review hotels, order in a restaurant, talk about travel, buy souvenirs and talk about holiday disasters.

 

Topics Include:
  • Describing an ideal holiday and holiday disasters
YEAR 11

TERM 1

 

Unit 1: My studies and life at school

By the end of this unit students will be able to discuss their studies and school life using a range of tenses.

 

Topics Include:
  • Giving opinions on school subjects and facilities and talking about your school
  • Comparing school in the UK and French-speaking countries
  • Discussing school rules

 

Unit 2: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to talk about jobs, career choices and ambitions.

 

Topics Include:
  • Describing careers choices, plans, hopes and wishes.

 

TERM 2

Unit 3: Global issues

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to talk about global issues.

 

Topics Include:
  • Describing problems facing the world and how we can protect the environment.

 

Unit 4: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

By the end of this unit pupils will be able to describe a region, talk about their town, discuss what to see and do, discuss plans and the weather.

 

Topics Include:
  • Describing a region, talking about your town

 

TERM 3

 

Unit 5: Revision and exam skills

Students develop exam skills and strategies.

 

Topics Include:
  • Identifying relevant information
  • Understanding a range of verbs and verbs structures
  • Recognising and understanding grammatical clues
  • Inferring meaning
  • Using different clues to understand unfamiliar language
  • Writing effectively about the future and the past
  • Choosing and linking your ideas
  • Expressing opinions
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of translation
  • Using impressive language

 

KS4 Qualification Information

Course Title: GCSE French

Exam Board: AQA

Examination Description: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking exams. All assessed at the end of year

For more information please contact the Head of Department: Bill Stevens Email:williamstevens@graceacademy.org.uk