French

Meet the team 

Head of Department:

Mrs J. Caldwell (HoY)

Teaching Staff:

Mrs I. Winkelmann-Byrne

Aim of department: To introduce pupils to the language and culture of France and French-speaking communities and countries. To build pupil confidence in producing language in all 4 skill areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. To enhance thinking skills and personal capabilities, and in doing so allow pupils to become independent learners.
Timetable allocation: Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Key Stage 5
3 periods 5 periods 8 periods
Key Stage 3 Curriculum 
Key Themes
Year 8 Term 1 Introducing myself
Term 2 My family and pets, personal description
Term 3 My school
Year 9 Term 1 My hobbies and sport
Term 2 Where I live
Term 3 Holidays
Year 10 Term 1 Myself and my family
Term 2 Food and drink
Term 3 Holidays past, present and future

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Year 11

&

Year 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exam Board AQA
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
Identity and Culture  

Speaking

Listening

Reading

Writing

 

25%

25%

25%

25%

 

Summer of Year 12

Local, international and global areas of interest
Current Future study and Employment

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Year 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exam Board CCEA
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
Relationships

Culture and Lifestyle

 

Speaking

 

Listening

Reading

Use of Language

30%

 

40%

 

 

 

 

 

Summer

Extended Writing Study of literary text or film 30%
Year 14 Exam Board CCEA
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
Young People in Society and Our Place in a changing world Speaking

 

Listening

Reading

 

30%

 

40%

 

 

Summer

Extended Writing Set Literary text 30%

Extra-Curricular:

EuroQuiz, Francofest

Department Successes:

 100% A*-C at both A level and GCSE over last 7 years

Won EuroQuiz regional heats

Careers Links:

Computer programmer, Credit controller, Customer support adviser, Executive search consultant, Cultural briefing consultant, Interpreter, Translator, Teacher, Language trainer, Engineering, Banking, Civil service, Travel and tourism, Secretary/PA, Marketing Public relations, Pharmaceutical work, Journalism and media, Transport and distribution.

AOB:

In most careers nowadays language abilities are highly valued and there is a particular shortage of people with languages in Engineering and Finance. A qualification in a language will make you more employable.