Curriculum Overview: French


French YEAR 7

Exam Board:   AQA

Curriculum Modules What will my child

be learning?

What homework will

they be set?

How do I support my child?
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Unit 1

Introduce yourself; say where you live, what language you speak and your nationality; learn numbers and months of the year; say dates; describe your appearance and that of another person; name and describe your favourite object ● Learning and use of

vocabulary and phrases.

● Dialogues (ask and

answer questions).

● Write simple sentence and/or short paragraphs using language learnt in class

 

Check that students know the meaning, the spelling of all vocabulary introduced in lessons.

Support students when practising questions and answers for their speaking tests.

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Unit 2

Describe your personality; describe and discuss your family; discuss the school subjects you do/don’t like and why; talk about your friends and how long you have known them ● Vocabulary learning

● Writing paragraphs about

self, family and friends.

● Express simple opinions

on school subjects; add

some simple reasons to

opinions.

Encourage students to pay attention to accuracy in their spelling, punctuation and good homework presentation.

Ensure students have a quiet place to do their homework to the best of their ability. Do not allow students to use “google translate” – language needed is all in their exercise books.

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Unit 3

Describe school and where you live, talk about different places to live; recognise personal items; identify activities at the youth club; describe animals and colours (domestic, farm & wild animals); describe your favourite animals Write and speak longer paragraphs expressing opinions with reasons using longer and more complex sentences. Challenge the length of paragraphs and time spent doing homework (minimum of 30 minutes).

Ask students to come back and check work when complete to improve accuracy and add detail.

 Support/Study Guides Available:

Title Available From Approximate Cost
Extra work booklets Classroom teacher Free
Trips abroad MFL department Depending on trip
www.memrise.com – useful website to learn and revise vocabulary Internet Free

 Other ways in which parents/carers can help:

●  Languages must be learnt and revised on a daily basis as “a little bit and often” is more efficient than last minute “all of it”.

●  Reinforce the importance of learning a second language (personal enrichment).

●  Lessons must be revisited the night before any new lessons and all equipment must be brought to every single lesson (pack bag according to the timetable on the previous night).

 

French YEAR 8

Exam Board:   AQA

 

Curriculum Modules What will my child

be learning?

What homework will

they be set?

How do I support
my child?
Allez 1

Unit 4

Food:
Talk about food and drinks and give your opinion about them.Ordering food in a restaurant and talk about your favourite restaurant.

Use quantities and understand recipes.Grammar:
Present tense of some regular and irregular verbs.

Negatives.

Il faut, use of pouvoir and je voudrais

Vocabulary learningTranslationsWriting descriptions, giving opinions and reasons demonstrating the various grammar rules learnt in classPrepare for speaking assessment Challenge the length of paragraphs and time spent doing homework (minimum of 30 minutes).Help them practise for their speaking assessment.Do not allow students to use on line dictionaries and translators as all the language (vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures) they need are in their exercise books.
Allez 1Unit 5 Local area:
Places in town; describe a town; combine activities with places using on peut
Giving directions.Arranging to go out; discuss meeting placesGrammar:
Use of prepositions.

The imperative.

Use of pouvoir and vouloir

·         Vocabulary learning and translations

·         Writing a description of a town in detail using a range of grammatical points learnt in class

Witnessing the learning and ensuring that the students reproduce the paragraphs accurately and fluently, both verbally and in writing (using minimal support).
Allez 1Unit 6 Lifestyle:
Talk about clothes and styles you like/don’t like.Talk about the and what you wear for different occasions weather. Use of quand
Talk about weekend routines and how often you do activities during the week.

Talk about music and genres you link/don’t likeGrammar:

Present tense of ER verbs.

Use of opinion verbs+infinitive

Simple reflexive verbs.

Possessive adjectives.

·         Write longer paragraph expressing likes and preferences; justify your opinions·         Use longer and more complex sentences describing the weather and your routines.·         Learn vocabulary and phrases. Challenge the length of paragraphs and time spent doing homework (minimum of 30 minutes). Encourage students to proof read their work, challenge them to find mistakes to improve on
Allez 1Unit 7 Holidays:
Talk about usual holidays and preferred holidays and about items you take on holiday.Talk about your ideal holiday.

Describe a past holiday, where you went and what you did.

Talk about festivals.Grammar:
Present tense of IR verbs

Use of the near future tense

Use of je voudrais / j’aimerais
Perfect tense with avoir
Perfect tense with être

Vocabulary learning

Writing paragraphs using 2 to 3 time frames

Translations from and into French

Encourage students to plan their homework ahead of deadline

Encourage students to spend quality time on their homework, avoiding all distractions

Check that they have revised for their end of unit assessment

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Unit 8

Sport and leisure:

Talk about sports that you do, and about winter/summer sports
Talk about other leisure activities and active holidays
Name parts of the body and talk about sports injuries

Grammar:
Faire and Jouer
Use of depuis
Perfect tense of aller

·         Vocabulary learning

 

·         Writing paragraphs using 3 time frames using complex sentence structures

 

·         Translations from and into French

Encourage students to plan their homework ahead of deadline

 

 

Encourage students to spend quality time on their homework, avoiding all distractions

 

Check that they have revised for their end of unit assessment

 

 Support/Study Guides Available:

Title Available From Approximate Cost
Extra work booklets Classroom teacher Free
Trips abroad MFL department Depending on trip
www.memrise.com – useful webpage to revise vocabulary Internet Free

 Other ways in which parents/carers can help:

Languages must be learnt and revised on a daily basis as “a little bit and often” is more efficient than last

minute “all of it”.Reinforce the importance of learning a second language (personal enrichment).Lessons must be revisited the night before any new lessons and all equipment must be brought to every

single lesson (pack bag according to the timetable on the previous night).

 

French YEAR 9

Exam Board:   AQA

Curriculum Modules What will my child

be learning?

What homework will

they be set?

How do I support
my child?
Allez 1

Unit 9

Talk about where you live and where you’re going to live

Describe your daily routine

Talk about what you did yesterday

Talk about what you do to help others

 

Vocabulary learning

 

Translations and application of grammar learnt in class

 

Writing using 3 time frames, giving opinions and justifying them using complex sentence structures and a range of vocabulary

 

 

Prepare for speaking assessments

 

 

Revising for end of unit assessments and Y9 exam

Challenge the length of paragraphs and time spent doing homework (minimum of 30 minutes).

 

Help them practise for their speaking assessment.

 

Do not allow students to use on line dictionaries and translators as all the language (vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures) they need are in their exercise books.

 

Encourage students to proof read their work, challenge them to find mistakes to improve on.

 

Encourage students to plan their homework ahead of deadline

 

Encourage students to spend quality time on their homework, avoiding all distractions

 

Check that they have revised for their end of unit assessment

 

Allez 2

Unit 1

Compare France and Britain

Describe a country

Talk about famous French people

Talk about transport and new technology

Discuss Francophone cartoon characters

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Unit 3

Describe old and new technology

Talk about using technology for leisure activities

Identify the potential dangers of social networking sites

Talk about the pros and cons of new technologies

Talk about favourite technology and gadgets

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Unit 4

Discuss relationships with parents

Talk about pocket money and what you do to help at home

Talk about the pressures faced by teenagers and understand advice

Discuss what life used to be like for teenagers

Describe the life of homeless children

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Unit 6

Organise a party

Suggest activities and make excuses

Talk about a festival or special event that you’ve been to

Communicate with people in formal situations

Talk about traditions and festivals

 Support/Study Guides Available:

Title Available From Approximate Cost
Extra work booklets Classroom teacher Free
Trips abroad MFL department Depending on trip
www.memrise.com – useful webpage to revise vocabulary Internet Free

 Other ways in which parents/carers can help:

Languages must be learnt and revised on a daily basis as “a little bit and often” is more efficient than last minute “all of it”.Reinforce the importance of learning a second language (personal enrichment).

Lessons must be revisited the night before any new lessons and all equipment must be brought to every
single lesson (pack bag according to the timetable on the previous night).

 

French YEAR 10

Exam Board:   AQA

 

Topic Start Date Finish Date Homework Parental/Carer Support
 Theme 1 – Unit 1Me, my family and friends

Theme 1 – Unit 2

Technology in everyday life

Theme 1 – Unit 3

Free- time activities

Theme 1 – Unit 4

Customs and festivals

Theme 2 – Unit 5

Home, town and region

Theme 2 – Unit 6.1

Social Isssues

 

Sep

 

Nov

 

Jan

 

April

 

June

 

July

 Oct

Dec

 

Mar

 

May

 

July

 

Sept

 

Regular homework will be learning vocabulary and grammar rule, practising different typed of exam questions and skill development as well as preparing for speaking exam.

It is absolutely paramount that students learn vocabulary on an ongoing basis throughout their course.  This is sometimes tested in class but students must have the self-discipline to learn vocabulary themselves.

It is crucial that students meet deadlines for homework.

 

 

Monitor your child’s vocabulary learning – they should have booklets from which you could help test their knowledge.

 

 

Ask to see their end of unit assessments.

 

 

French YEAR 11

Exam Board:   AQA

Topic Start Date Finish Date Homework Parental/Carer Support
Theme 2 – Unit 6.2

Social issues

 Theme 2 – Unit 7

Global issues

Theme 2 – Unit 8

Travel and tourism

Theme 3 – Units 9&10

My studies / Life at school and college

Theme  -3 Units 11&12

Education post-16 / Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Sep

 

 

Nov

 

Dec

Feb

 

Apr

 

 

Oct

 

 

Dec

 

Jan

Mar

 

May

 

 

Regular homework will be learning vocabulary and grammar rule, practising different typed of exam questions and skill development as well as preparing for speaking exam.

It is absolutely paramount that students learn vocabulary on an ongoing basis throughout their course.  This is sometimes tested in class but students must have the self-discipline to learn vocabulary themselves.

It is crucial that students meet deadlines for homework.

 

 

Monitor your child’s vocabulary learning – they should have booklets from which you could help test their knowledge.

 

 

Ask to see their assessments.

Support/Revision Guides Available for Years 10 & 11:

Title Available From Approximate Cost
GCSE Revision Guide and Workbook In French Language teacher £5
Vocabulary Revision Guide Language teacher £2

 

 

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