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) 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

17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (7 weeks) Continuation of Education and future plans

Home Town and Abroad – my house / town / region
Christmas / New Year traditions

3 (7 weeks) Continuation of Home, Town and Abroad

 Young People in France – youth culture including music, film, bad influences
9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
9th February Parents’ Evening

4 (6 weeks) Food and eating out – buying food / restaurant transactions including complaints
3rd April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (5 weeks) Free time – sport, preferences, based around French Open
6 (7 weeks) Holidays – different types, preferences, memories, plans
Week commencing 19th June: Year 9 exam week
26th June Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

 Year 10 French 2016/2018

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
17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2 (7 weeks) Free time activities + technology in everyday life
3 (7 weeks) Home, town, neighbourhood and region + global issues (the environment)
9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
4 (6 weeks) Social issues: healthy living + charity and voluntary work
3rd April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (5 weeks) Life at school/college
27th April Parents’ Evening
6 (7 weeks) Education at Post 16
Week commencing 19th June: Year 10 exam week
26th June Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL

2017-18

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Travel and Tourism
2 (7 weeks) Career choices and ambitions
3 (7 weeks) Social issues: environment + poverty
4 (6 weeks) Revision of GCSE French: drilling of vocabulary and examination practice
5 (5 weeks) Revision of GCSE French: drilling of vocabulary and examination practice

Year 11 French 2016/2017

Course title: GCSE French Exam board: Edexcel Specification code: 2FR01
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit two external exams at the end of Year 11.
Both examination papers (listening and reading) are each worth 20% of the final GCSE grade.
Writing and Speaking controlled assessments will be assessed in November 2016 (speaking) and January/February 2017 (writing).
Listening: Foundation and Higher Tiers available; examined at the end of Year 11. These are worth 20% each of the total GCSE.
Speaking: completion of two controlled assessments; one already completed in Year 10 and one to be carried out in Year 11. These are worth 15% each of the total GCSE.
Reading: Foundation and Higher Tiers available; examined at the end of Year 11. These are worth 20% each of the total GCSE.
Writing: completion of two controlled assessments; one already completed in Year 10 and one to be carried out in Year 11. These are worth 15% each of the total GCSE.
Half term Key Content Assessment
1 ( 7 weeks )                                   Holidays Spoken piece of controlled assessment (worth 15% of total GCSE).

17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 ( 7 weeks )

Free time

Listening and reading topic on TV and cinema.

Mock Exams commence 9th December until 16th December (formal mock listening and reading examination)

3 ( 7 weeks ) Work and work experience Written piece of controlled assessment (worth 15% of GCSE).

9th January data collection (mock grade, PEG and ATL)
16th February Parents Evening

4 ( 6weeks ) Environment
Revision of all topics from Y10 and 11. Exam skills, past papers and drilling of vocabulary.
Use of previous examination papers
5 ( 5 weeks ) Revision of all topics from Y10 and 11. Exam skills, past papers and drilling of vocabulary. Extra Mock Exams
20th March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

 Year 12 French 2016/2017

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 12 lessonsLH 12 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 )

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 (7 weeks)
TLA: 14 lessonsLH 14 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 (3lessons)

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 (7 weeks)
TLA 14 lessonsLH 14 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

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 lessonsLH 12 lessons
Film – La Haine

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

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 (5 weeks)
TLA 10 lessons
LH 10 lessons
Revision of Exam Skills/topics 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 French 2016/2017

Course title:  French A2 Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7652
How will students be assessed?
2 Exams. Unit 3 and 4 (examined in June 2017)

Unit 3. Listening, Reading and Writing for 2:30 hours. 35% of the overall A-level mark on topics studies over A2.

Unit 4. Speaking. 35 minutes including 20 minutes preparation time. 1 card related to a topic studied during A2 followed by a general discussion + discussion about both cultural topics studied in class.

*Students are also recommended to re-sit the AS unit 1 examination to improve their original grade.

Half term                        Key topics TLA Key topics LH
1 (7 weeks) Integration and racism.

Why is integration difficult, what are the barriers.
Causes of racism, its victims, how to tackle it.

Molière – The works of Molière focusing on Le bourgeois gentilhomme.

Work on Molière, analysing society and looking at the play.

2 (7 weeks) Cultural topic on the movie ‘La haine’.

Watching the movie and studying it, its background and liking it to the topic of racism.

Pollution and energies.

Types of pollution, measures to reduce it.
Renewables energies, nuclear energies.

3 (7 weeks) Public Order

Crime, alternatives to imprisonment, how to punish offences.

Protecting the world.

Ways of minimising environmental damage, responsibilities of the countries

4 (6 weeks) Science and technology.

Medical research, ethical issues linked to scientific progress Recap of Y12 topics and revision of A2.

Science and technology.

Medical research, ethical issues linked to scientific progress.
Recap of Y12 topics and revision of A2.

5 (5 weeks) Exam preparation Exam preparation