When students arrive with us at the beginning of Year 7 they are taught in mixed ability tutor groups for the first term. This allows us to assess them in a fair manner, whether they have had the opportunity to study French previously or not. An assessment, using National Curriculum levels, just before Christmas allows us to set the students according to ability at the beginning of the spring term.

German is introduced alongside French in Year 8 to the top sets. They have 3 lessons of French and German every fortnight. The remaining sets continue to have 6 lessons every fortnight to dedicate to their French studies. Both German and French are continued in Year 9.

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Year 7

IMG_3404In Year 7 students begin French by working on a Superhero project which is in collaboration with the English department. The project helps them to identify which words belong to which word classes and to develop their vocabulary in both English and French. In the 2nd half of the Autumn term they then move on to learning how to describe themselves and their family. In the Spring term they look at the topics of house & home and town and in the Summer term they learn how to talk about their free time and hobbies. In addition to the French vocabulary they are also taught the necessary grammatical concepts to be able to form the language correctly. These include how to use a dictionary, recognising cognates, using adjectives, how to form plural nouns, using possessive adjectives, forming the present tense, asking questions, the difference between ‘tu’ and ‘vous’ and using reflexive verbs.

Year 7 Autumn Term Year 7 Spring Term Year 7 Summer Term


–          Greetings

–          Age & birthday

–          Talking about what is in your bag/classroom.

–          Colours



–          Brothers and sisters

–          Pets

–          Hair and eyes

–          Describing self and others

–          Superhero Project (to bring all of above together)



Where you live:

–          Where you live using ‘je’ and ‘tu’

–          Describing your house.

–          Describing your bedroom

–          Talking about what you do in the evening.

–          Telling the time.


–          Places in town

–          Directions

–          Preposition à

–          Giving opinions

–          Ordering food & drink


My day:

–          Morning routine

–          School subjects

–          Opinions & reasons

–          Timetable

–          After school activities


Having fun:

–          Sports

–          Instruments

–          Aimer + infinitives

–          On peut

–          Aller + infinitives


Year 8

In Year 8 students build on the vocabulary and grammatical knowledge which they have learnt in Year 7. In the Autumn term they look at how to talk about the weather, jobs which family members have, activities they do with their friends and TV programmes. In the Spring term they move on to the topics of clothes, food & drink and shopping and in the Summer term they learn how to talk about their holidays, pocket money and their plans for the future. They learn how to use both the past and near future tenses as well as continuing to use the present tense and they also learn how to use modal verbs, comparatives and a variety of constructions using an infinitive verb in addition to the concepts covered in Year 7.

Year 8 Autumn Term Year 8 Spring Term Year 8 Summer Term

Family & home:

–          Talking about self ‘je’

–          Talking about family ‘il’ & ’elle’

–          Jobs

–          Depuis construction

–          Weather


Free time:

–          J’aime + infinitive

–          Sport

–          Pronoun ‘nous’

–          TV programmes

–          Perfect tense



Going out:

–          Making & reacting to invitations

–          Making excuses

–          Clothes

–          Buying clothes

–          Aller in perfect tense

Eating & drinking:

–           Food you like & dislike

–          Meals

–          Du, de la & des

–          Preparing a party

–          Buying provisions

–          At a restaurant



–          Countries

–          Question words

–          Opinions

–          Finding out about holiday destinations on line

–          Senegal


–          Comparisons

–          Pocket money

–          Talking about gadgets

–          Je vais + infinitive

–          Je voudrais


Year 9

In Year 9 students begin the Autumn term by revising vocabulary on TV and daily routine and they then move on to talking about future plans and the importance of learning a language. In the Spring term they learn how to say what is wrong with them if they are ill and what they do to stay fit and healthy and they complete a ‘whodunnit’ project called ‘le crime au Chateau’. In the Summer term they learn more about a particular region of France and vocabulary relating to transport and accommodation and then those students who have chosen French as one of their GCSE options start preparing for the GCSE course by revisiting some previously taught material and also by being introduced to some of the harder grammar concepts, whilst those students not taking French for GCSE work on a project based on France/Germany/Europe. The focus with grammar is placed on learning how to correctly use a variety of tenses in both the past and future in order to enable them to write and understand higher level language.

Year 9 Autumn Term Year 9 Spring Term Year 9 Summer Term


–          TV programmes

–          Films

–          Books

–          Describing self & others

–          Past tense


–          Future plans

–          Future tenses

–          Why learn a language



–          Symptoms of illness

–          Healthy living

–          Imperatives and giving advice

–          Perfect tense


–          Describing celebrities

–          Describing others

–          Crime mystery story

–          Perfect and imperfect tenses



–          Region of France

–          Travel arrangements

–          Booking a hotel

–          Visiting an attraction

–          Le Mans 24h race

Preparing for GCSE

–          Students preparing to begin GCSE revise and consolidate grammar points alongside cultural projects.


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