French is spoken across five continents, it is the official language of many global organisations such as the EU, UN, UNESCO and the International Red Cross and the ability to understand and communicate in a modern foreign language is a skill highly sought after and required by many UK employers, colleges and universities.

Learning another language gives children the valuable opportunity to develop positive attitudes to and respect for languages and cultures other than their own. At Newman RC College we aim to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of both the world around them and their own language. Pupils will learn many skills which are useful in a wide range of future careers and future study pathways. Learning a second language will support pupils’ literacy skills, will help pupils to develop memorisation skills and it will also equip pupils with the ability to communicate clearly and confidently in both written and spoken form as well as to develop essential problem-solving skills.

Year 7

In year 7 pupils are introduced to French phonics to enable them to begin to be confident in speaking aloud. Literacy focuses on the use & understanding of key verbs; avoir, être, aller, jouer and faire. In addition pupils will develop their use & understanding of adjectives, connectives and opinion phrases as well as being introduced to the use of negatives and the near future tense. Pupils will be assessed in listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar throughout the year.

  • Introducing yourself and Personal Information
  • Family and Friends
  • School
  • Sports
  • Hobbies
  • House & Home

Year 8

In year 8 pupils will begin to develop a deeper understanding of verbs & tenses. Through a module exploring Paris, pupils will learn to describe events using the past/perfect tense. Pupils will explore cultural similarities and differences and learn to make comparisons. Pupils will develop communication skills and confidence in speaking through a number of role play scenarios. Pupils will be assessed in listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar throughout the year.

  • Home town, neighbourhood & region
  • The environment; problems & solutions
  • A trip to Paris
  • Shopping, food & drink
  • Clothes & style
  • Customs & festivals

Year 9

In year 9 pupils will begin to prepare for GCSE French. Pupils will develop their cultural awareness & linguistic skills; learning to communicate fluently in a range of tenses. Lessons are structured in such a way as to prepare & equip pupils with the skills needed to achieve well at GCSE level. Pupils will now be able to write, discuss & debate at length on key global issues, expressing ideas & opinions with justification. Pupils will be assessed in listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar throughout the year.

  • Holidays; weather, travel & preferences.
  • Accommodation; bookings & complaints.
  • Jobs, career choices & ambitions
  • Social issues; me in the world-my rights, what is important to me
  • Illness & injury; healthy living
  • Free-time & the media; sport, music, cinema

Years 10 & 11

At GCSE we follow the AQA examination board over the course of two years. The new specifications for GCSE now means that all MFL examinations are linear. Students will therefore sit all their GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11. There are four papers: speaking, listening, reading and writing, each weighing 25%.

Over the course of the two years we will study the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture: Me, my family & friends. Technology in everyday life, free-time activities
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Home, town, neighbourhood & region, social issues, global issues, travel & tourism
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment: My studies, life at school/college, education post-16, jobs, career choices & ambitions

Seek out challenge, Engage in learning, Aim high.

Il faut faire aujourd’hui ce que tout le monde fera demain.