FRENCH

The Pate’s French curriculum has been created with a focus on language for life. Students start in Y7 with very varied experience of French. On arrival, they complete an entry questionnaire so as inform us about their prior knowledge and experience. This information helps shape how we support, stretch and challenge students as they go through the lower school curriculum. We assess students in years 7 and 8 in relation to three key strands: communication, comprehension, and grammatical understanding and application. Students will develop transferable skills that will support them in their learning of another language at GCSE and A-Level, will gain an understanding of the French speaking world and collate a practical ‘toolkit’ of language which can be used in many real-world situations in France and beyond. A highlight of the Y7 curriculum for many students is a residential language immersion trip to Normandy in the summer term.

In Y9,the French curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in years 7 and 8. It is also designed to provide strong foundations for studying French at GCSE and the topics, skills and grammatical content covered this year make up the first element of Theme 1 (Identity and Culture) of the GCSE course. Students in years 9 and 10 are offered the opportunity to take part in the French exchange with partner schools from Cheltenham’s twin town of Annecy in the idyllic Haute-Savoie region of France.

The Pate’s GCSE (KS4) French curriculum is shaped around the requirements of the AQA GCSE French specification but has been created with a focus on language for life, consciously building on the skills and knowledge acquired in years 7, 8 and 9. Students entering Y10 have amassed a wealth of relevant vocabulary, grammatical structures, communicative and comprehension skills and these are drawn upon in the GCSE course. Although many students continue to take their French studies on to A-Level, for those whose French journey will stop after Y11, we aim to provide transferable skills that will help them in their learning of another language at A-Level, or will give them cultural insight and linguistic competency that will enable them to live and work in the French speaking world outside of Pate’s. Where possible, we seek to overlap with current affairs and topics studied in humanities, English and the sciences.

The Pate’s A-Level (KS5) French curriculum is shaped around the requirements of the AQA GCE French A-Level specification. We again make conscious reference to the foundational skills and knowledge students have gained over KS3 and KS4; students entering Y12 have amassed a wealth of relevant vocabulary, grammatical structures, communicative and comprehension skills and these are built upon in theA level course. We are however aware that there are sometimes gaps in grammatical understanding and application at the beginning of Y12 and we seek to address this through our ‘skills’ test and intensive grammar course which runs alongside core topic work over the course of the first year of the A-level. The AQA course covered in Y12 enables students to reuse and recycle vocabulary and structures from GCSE, but rapidly encourages and requires them to think about the context of the French speaking world and the persuasiveness of the language they are using. By the end of the course we aim to give students the transferrable skills, cultural insight and linguistic competency that will enable them to live and work in the French speaking world. Many of our students are inspired to continue French at university and beyond, often combining French with other languages or a wide variety of other programs of study. Work experience in France is offered to all Y12 students which provides an opportunity to practise and enhance their French whilst gaining valuable real-world experience in the work place.

KEY STAGE 3

  • Bouée de sauvetage
  • Au collège
  • Mon monde
  • Regular –ER verbs
  • Key verbs “avoir” and “être”
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Opinions+ infinitives
  • Opinions + definite articles
  • Possessive adjectives-my, your, his/her
  • Prepositions (without de)
  • Pronouns
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Dictionary skills
  • Adjectival agreement
  • Comparative
  • Je vais, je voudrais, je peux + infinitive
  • Building confidence with phonics
  • En ville
  • Au travail
  • Il était une fois
  • On mange!
  • Imperative for directions
  • Prepositions +de
  • Aller à, venir de, boire de, manger de, IR/RE/ER verb paradigms, consolidation reflexive verbs
  • Quand / si + weather
  • Perfect tense-avoir
  • Perfect tense-être
  • Perfect tense-reflexive verbs
  • Il faut+infinitive
  • Introduction to BANGS adjectives
  • Forming questions
  • Introduction to near future tense
  • Developing translation skills
  • Le sport
  • Les loisirs: la télé, la lecture
  • Le cinéma
  • Phonics review
  • Forming and asking questions
  • Present regular and irregular verbs: faire, pouvoir, devoir, vouloir, voir, être, avoir, lire, prendre, sortir
  • Negatives and adjectives
  • Preceding Direct Object Pronouns
  • Relative pronouns: qui and que
  • Perfect Tense consolidation
  • Comparatives and superlatives
  • Introducing the 16 mark question‚ faire‘ versus ‚jouer‘ 
  • Imperfect tense
  • Introducing photocard descriptions

KEY STAGE 4 - GCSE

  • Family and fêtes consolidation (Theme 1)
  • Home, Town, Neighbourhood, Region (Theme 2)
  • Current and Future Studies and Jobs (Theme 3)
  • Young people and technology (Theme 1)
  • Combining perfect and imperfect tenses for narration
  • Modal verbs revision
  • Si clauses: si+ imperfect+conditional; si+present+future
  • Future Tense and Near Future revision
  • Present tense irregulars
  • Infinitive constructions with ‘de’
  • Demonstrative Pronouns
  • Après avoir/après être
  • Reinforcing multiple time frames
  • Conditional tense
  • Comparative and superlative adjectives, consolidation of BANGS adjectives and adjectival agreement.
  • Exam skills focus: role play and 16 marker questions
  • Travel and Tourism (Theme 2)
  • Social issues and Volunteering (Theme 2)
  • Global issues: Environment and Poverty (Theme 2)
  • Healthy and Unhealthy lifestyle choices (Theme 2)
  • Consolidation all themes (Theme 1,2,3)
  • Developing command of synonyms
  • Combining multiple time frames + present participles
  • Si clauses with multiple tenses
  • Passive use and strategies to avoid it
  • Pluperfect
  • Subjunctive
  • y / en / dont pronounsand consolidation
  • Exam skillsfocus:32 marker questions, general conversation
  • Revision and exam skills, complex structures for top grades
  • Consolidation of all key tenses with regular er/ir/re verbs and core irregular verbs: faire, pouvoir, devoir, vouloir, voir, être, avoir, lire, prendre, sortir
  • Developing spontaneity and translation skills for idiomatic expressions

KEY STAGE 5 - A-LEVEL

  • Changing face of the family
  • Digital world
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Francophone music
  • Cinema
  • Grammar –grammar course running alongside topic lessons to introduce, review and consolidate key grammar points and tenses.
  • A04-insight into the French speaking world
  • Introduction to the Independent Research Project
  • Introduction to la Haine (Y13 film option)
  • Introduction to No et Moi (Y13 literature option)
  • FLA 1:1 sessions throughout the course
  • Multicultural society (Term 1)
  • Youth engagement in politics (Terms 1+2)
  • Film: La Haine (Terms 2-3)
  • Protest and strikes (Terms 2+3)
  • Marginalised groups in French society (Term 3)
  • Crime and punishment (Term 4)
  • Politics and Immigration (Term 4)
  • Set text: No et Moi, Delphine Vigan (Terms 1+2)
  • Independent Research Project (September-May)
  • FLA 1:1 sessions throughout the course