The Modern Foreign Language (MFL) rooms are brand new and fully equipped for innovative classroom work; with each room having an interactive whiteboard, projection and ICT facilities, allowing teachers to provide a full multimedia experience for students.
French has recently been added to the MFL curriculum. Staff able to teach French include:
Mrs L Bennett
Mrs R Wales
Mrs K Astardjian
Modern foreign languages are an important part of the KS3 curriculum because not only do they develop key employment skills such as communication, problem solving and attention to detail, they also contribute to other important skills such as working with others, improving own learning, plus numeracy and literacy across the curriculum. Studying a foreign language therefore specifically supports English by teaching things such as grammar and sentence construction and covers the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
All students study a modern foreign language at KS3. From this academic year, French is the lead language at KS3. Most students study two languages in Years 7 to 9 and students will normally have three lessons per fortnight for each language. This academic year, students in Years 8 and 9 will follow the same curriculum topics because they began learning French at the same time and need to cover the same structures to enable successful learning at KS4.
Course content for KS3 French includes:
All students are given the opportunity to study a modern foreign language at KS4. This year there is also the option of studying a further foreign language for our dual linguists. French is offered as part of this provision and can count as part of the English Baccalaureate qualification. GCSE French is delivered in Years 10 and 11. Year 10 follow the AQS examination board specification and this will continue into Year 11. Students are able to sit foundation or higher tier examinations in this subject.
Course content for GCSE French (AQA) includes the following topics:
Students are assessed in the four key skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Speaking and writing are submitted in the form of controlled assessments which make up 60% of the final mark and are a compulsory part of their French GCSE course at KS4. The two remaining skills, listening and reading, worth 40% of the final grade, will be assessed separately at the end of Year 11 as a final examination
Students who complete their French GCSE to a grade B or above in French are advised that they should consider studying French at A Level. The KS5 A Level French qualification follows the Edexcel examination board specification.
Course content for AS/A2 Level French (Years 12/13) includes the following topics:
Students will be expected to take a speaking examination, which will be recorded by the teacher and sent off to the examination board and a final examination - understanding & written response - covering the other three skills of listening, reading and writing. The speaking examination is worth 30% of the total AS examination in Year 12 and contributes 15% towards the full A Level at the end of Year 13. The understanding and written response examination is worth 70% of the total AS examination in Year 12 and contributes 35% towards the full A level at the end of Year 13.
Students will be expected to take a speaking examination, which will be recorded by the teacher and sent off to the examination board and a final written paper - Research: understanding and written response in French. The speaking examination is worth 35% of the total A2 examination and contributes 17.5% towards the full A Level at the end of Year 13. The understanding and written response examination is worth 65% of the total A2 examination and contributes 32.5% towards the full A Level at the end of Year 13.
The Eiffel Tower
The French Underground