Curriculum at KS3
French and Spanish
In Y7 and Y8, it is all about having fun learning a new language. We want you to enjoy yourself and there are lots of games and activities to do to help you reach that goal.
Some of the topics that you will learn about include:
- Personal information
- Family relationships
- Daily routine and school
- Town and directions
- Food and drink , including healthy lifestyles
During Year 9, you will begin the foundation work which will take you forward to your GCSE. You will study KS3 topics in more depth and detail and develop your knowledge and understanding of grammatical concepts
Curriculum at KS4
French and Urdu
At GCSE you have the opportunity to extend your knowledge of both vocabulary and grammar. You will cover a variety of topics, including Media, Environment, World of Work, amongst others.
All assessment takes place at the end of the course in Y11. There are no Controlled Assessments to worry about during the two years. At the end of the GCSE, you will take exams in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Your teachers will have practised all of these skills with you and you will be able to complete the exams with full confidence.
Why should I take the subject?
Knowing a foreign language opens doors for you. You don’t want to be the person who misses out on a promotion because you couldn’t speak French/Urdu. Equally, you wouldn’t like to lose the opportunity to go to a really good university because you hadn’t got a GCSE in a different language from your own either. Learning a foreign language says that you are confident (you know that you don’t need to worry if what you say isn’t perfect, as long as it gets your message across), you are creative (you can think of lots of ways to say what you want to say), that you persevere (even when things are tough, you stick at it) and much, much more.
For more reasons to learn a language, go to: http://www.llas.ac.uk/700reasons
At GCSE, we use the AQA examination body.
Please see http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658 for more details regarding the French specification.
Please see https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/urdu-8648for more details regarding the Urdu specification
- Make an effort to learn the vocabulary that your teacher gives you, or, even better, try to learn a new word every school day – that would be 195 new words in each school year!
- Le Cinéma- Go and see a French movie at the “Ciné Lumière”; a cinema dedicated to showing French and other European films. A cultural experience if nothing else, but a valuable language learning activity also! (020 7073 1350)
- Visit “L’Institut français du Royaume Uni” (French Cultural Institute in the UK), near South Kensington tube: www.institut-francais.org.uk Lots more than just films here.
- Au Restaurant- Enjoy a family meal in a French Restaurant/Bistro! Try “Le Bistrot” at the French Institute, you’ll find a choice of freshly prepared French regional dishes, creative sandwiches, yummy pastries and more. A more accessible place to try is the chain “Café Rouge”; they offer a great snack menu and also fantastic specialities from different regions of France. Try a Croque Madame or a Croissant au fromage!
- Check out www.cineworld.com for some great Bollywood films!
Have a look at some of the websites below:
- www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk/Curriculum/modlang – Good for video clips of native French speakers and gap fill comprehension exercises.
- www.ur.se/chloe/frame.html – Read and listen to the adventures of Chloe. It’s a mystery in 9 episodes, each of 10 minutes.
- www.tf1.fr – The “number 1” French TV channel! Explore the site, watch tv and music video clips or watch the news and weather!
- www.tunein.com – listen to radio from around the world
- www.duolingo.com – extend your language skills with this free online tutors
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french/ – Great for GCSE practice
- http://www.aqa.org.uk/ – All of the past papers are on this website – download them, complete them and then bring them in to be marked or check yourself against the marking scheme