French

Year 9 French

 The Year 9 French curriculum follows on from the curriculum at Middle School and aims to develop the linguistic skills for GCSE French.  The course focuses on listening, reading, writing and speaking skills with a cultural element through the study of a French film and other authentic French texts. The course will be assessed by a class assessment at the end of every topic and an examination at the end of Year 9.

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Why French?

All about me – introductory topic

 Education and future plans – based around the film ‘Le Petit Nicolas’ and including descriptions of friends, school subjects likes and dislikes and future plans including future tense

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks) Continuation of Education and future plans

 Home Town and Abroad – my house / town / region

Christmas / New Year traditions

31 October Tutor Evening

3 (5 weeks) Continuation of Home, Town and Abroad

 Young People in France – youth culture including music, film, bad influences

15 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

29 January Option Evening

1 February Parents’ Evening

8 February Parents’ Evening

4 (6 weeks) Complete Youth Culture in France topic

 Food and eating out – buying food / restaurant transactions including complaints

19 March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

5 (6 weeks) Free time – sport, preferences, based around World Cup

 Holidays – different types, preferences, memories, plans, French traditions

6 (7 weeks) Complete Holidays – different types, preferences, memories, plans, French traditions

Week commencing 18 June: Year 9 exam week

12  July Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

 

Year 10 GCSE French 2017-18

Course title: French GCSE Exam board: AQA Specification code: 8658
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit all of their formal examinations at the end of the course in Year 11. Students sit an examination in each skill (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and each skill has an equal weighting of the total GCSE in French.

At1: Listening. Foundation or Higher Tiers available. 25%

At2: Speaking. Foundation or Higher Tiers available. 3 parts: Role play, Photo card and General conversation. 25%

At3: Reading. Foundation or Higher available including 1 translation from French to English. 25%

At4: Writing. Foundation or Higher available including 1 translation from English to French. 25%

 GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

 

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Me, my family and friends + Marriage/partnership

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks) Free time activities
3 (5 weeks) Technology in everyday life

15 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

4 (6 weeks) Celebrations and festivals

19 March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

5 (6 weeks) Home, town, neighbourhood and region

19 April Parents’ Evening

6 (7 weeks) Charity and voluntary work

Week commencing 18 June: Year 10 exam week

12 July Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

 

Year 11 GCSE French 2017-18

Course title: French GCSE Exam board: AQA Specification code: 8658
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit all of their formal examinations at the end of the course in Year 11. Students sit an examination in each skill (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and each skill has an equal weighting of the total GCSE in French.

At1: Listening. Foundation or Higher Tiers available. 25%

At2: Speaking. Foundation or Higher Tiers available. 3 parts: Role play, Photo card and General conversation. 25%

At3: Reading. Foundation or Higher available including 1 translation from French to English. 25%

At4: Writing. Foundation or Higher available including 1 translation from English to French. 25%

 

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

 

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Global issues – environment and homelessness

25 September Reports Open

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks) Holidays and travel

14 December – 20 December  Mock Exams

3 (5 weeks) Life at school and college

9 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

4 (6 weeks) Jobs, careers and future ambitions

22 Feb Parents’ Evening

1 March Parents’ Evening

5 (6 weeks) Revision of the 2 years – drilling vocabulary and exam techniques

23 April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

 

 Year 12 AS French 2017-18

Course title: French A Level Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7652
How will students be assessed?
This is a reformed A Level course and as such, students will complete three exams at the end of year 13.  There is no coursework.

The first examination is Listening, Reading and Writing, it lasts 2 hours 30 and is worth 100 marks. Listening and reading passages will be drawn from a range of contexts and sources, covering different registers and types, contemporary and historical material and will cover non-fiction and literary fiction. Students will translate a passage of at least 100 words from French into English. The content of the passages will be based on the themes and sub-themes from this 2 year course.

The second examination is Writing, a 2 hour exam worth 80 marks and during which students will write two essays in French on the film and piece of literature studied over the course.

The third examination is Speaking and lasts 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes supervised preparation time); with a total mark of 60. The test will be in two parts. Part 1 will be the discussion of one sub-theme from those in this 2 year course, lasting 5–6 minutes, and Part 2 will be the presentation and discussion of the student’s individual research project from Year 13.

There will be internal assessment at the end of each unit and a full examination internally set at the end of the year.

 

Half term Key content – TLA Key content – LH
1 (7 weeks)

 

TLA 14 lessons

LH 14 lessons

Introduction

The changing nature of family

Grandparents, parents and children – concerns and problems (3 lessons )

Recent changes in relationships and marriage (3 lessons)

Concerns and problems of 3 generations (3 lessons)

Grammar: Use of the present, simple and near future, interrogative form
(1 lesson each )

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

Introduction

The ‘cyber-society’

How important technology is in everyday life (2 lessons)

What the world of cybernauts is like (2 lessons)

What the dangers of e-society are ( 2 lessons )

What the technological Africa is like (2 lessons)

Grammar: Definite and indefinite articles, reflexive verbs, position and agreements of adjectives, perfect tense (1 lesson each)

2 (8 weeks)

 

TLA: 16 lessons

LH 16 lessons

Contemporary francophone music

How to protect contemporary French music
(2 lessons)

How diverse is French music today (2 lessons)

What music is popular among young people (3 lessons)

Which music and festivals are emerging in Africa (3 lessons)

Grammar: imperatives, past historic, imperfect, present and part participles
(1 lesson each)

 

 

The place of voluntary work

Why people want to become volunteers
(3 lessons)

How charity organisations help people in need
(3 lessons)

How volunteering benefits those who help
(3 lessons)

Grammar: comparative and superlative, imperfect and pluperfect, direct and indirect pronouns.(1 lesson each)

 

3 (5 weeks)

 

TLA 10 lessons

LH 10 lessons

Cinema: the 7th art form

When cinema was invented and its place in France (2 lessons)

What the greatest developments in French cinema in the twentieth century are (3 lessons)

How popular is cinema in France ( 3 lessons)

Grammar: subjunctive, the conditional, adverbs ( 1 lesson each)

 Start the cultural movie topic: La Haine

 1st Feb  Mock Exams

A culture proud of its heritage

How heritage is a cultural and physical phenomenon (3 lessons)

How UNESCO protects sites in France and Francophone countries (3 lessons)

How architecture and gastronomy play an important role in France’s heritage (3 lessons)

Whether modern structures can be part of modern Francophone heritage (3 lessons)

Grammar: irregular verbs in the perfect tense, negative forms, passive voice,  infinitive constructions ( 2 lessons)

 

4 (6 weeks)

 

TLA 12 lessons

LH 12 lessons

 

Film – La Haine

Work of the director, social issues raised in the movie, themes, techniques

 

26 Feb data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

6  March Parents’ Evening

 

Aspects of political life in the French speaking world

Young people and politics ( 4 lessons)

The right to vote (4 lessons)

The future of the EU ( 4 lessons)

Grammar: future with quand, use of different tenses in one sentence. ( imbedded in lessons)

Topics to be continued/finished off in the second year.

5 (6 weeks)

 

TLA 12 lessons

LH 12 lessons

 

Revision of Exam Skills/topics

11 June Reports Open

27 June – 3 July Exam Week

9 July data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Revisions of Exam skills/topics
6 (7 weeks) Preparation for mock examination/ Start A Level course Preparation for mock examination/ Start A Level course

 

 Year 13 A2 French 2017-18

Course title: French A Level Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7652
How will students be assessed?
This is a reformed A Level course and as such, students will complete three exams at the end of year 13.  There is no coursework.

The first examination is Listening, Reading and Writing, it lasts 2 hours 30 and is worth 100 marks. Listening and reading passages will be drawn from a range of contexts and sources, covering different registers and types, contemporary and historical material and will cover non-fiction and literary fiction. Students will translate a passage of at least 100 words from French into English. The content of the passages will be based on the themes and sub-themes from this 2 year course.

The second examination is Writing, a 2 hour exam worth 80 marks and during which students will write two essays in French on the film and piece of literature studied over the course.

The third examination is Speaking and lasts 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes supervised preparation time); with a total mark of 60. The test will be in two parts. Part 1 will be the discussion of one sub-theme from those in this 2 year course, lasting 5–6 minutes, and Part 2 will be the presentation and discussion of the student’s individual research project from Year 13.

There will be internal assessment at the end of each unit and a full examination internally set at the end of the year.

Half term Key content – TLA Key content – LH
1 (7 weeks)

 

TLA 14 lessons

LH 14 lessons

Current issues – positive aspects of a multicultural society

How we welcome immigrants (3 lessons)

Multiculturalism – success or failure? (3 lessons)

Canadian society and its influence (3 lessons)

4 grammar points covered revisited – 1 lesson each

18 September UCAS Data Drop

9 October- Reports open

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

Current issues – homelessness

Social exclusion (3 lessons)

social inclusion for disabled people (3 lessons)

how do we treat the marginalised (3 lessons)

4 grammar points covered and 1 lesson each

 

2 (8 weeks)

 

TLA: 16 lessons

LH 16 lessons

Social issues – criminals

  • How we treat criminals (3 lessons)
  • perspectives of criminality (3 lessons)
  • Alternatives to imprisonment (3 lessons)

2 grammar lessons

Time left with focus on IRP (students to pick their own ) 5/6 lessons

12 December Parents’ Evening

 

Aspects of political life

  • politics engagement among young people (3 lessons)
  • for or against right of vote (3 lessons)
  • has EU got any future? (3 lessons)

 

Politics and immigration

  • evolution of immigration (3 lessons)
  • political parties attitudes towards immigration (3 lessons)
  • protection of immigrants (3 lessons)

 

 

3 (5 weeks)

 

TLA 10 lessons

LH 10 lessons

Time spent preparing on the IRP

 

1 Feb- 5 Feb Mock exams

 

Protests and strikes

  • syndicalism (3 lessons)
  • strikes and protests (3 lessons)
  • strikes : reactions
4 (6 weeks)

 

TLA 12 lessons

LH 12 lessons

Revision of Y12 topics.

  • aspects of family life (3 lessons)
  • use of social networks for criminal ends (3 lessons)

26 Feb data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Revisions of Y12 topics

  • Volunteering work (3 lessons)
  • La Belle epoque (3 lessons)
5 (6 weeks)

TLA 12 lessons

LH 12 lessons

Revisions of topics from the 2 years

 23 April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Revision of topics from the 2 years
6 (7 weeks) Preparation for exams Preparation for exams