Bienvenue! Welcome to the French Department. We aim to:offer pupils the opportunity to learn French in a positive and interactive atmosphere, encouraging positive attitudes to language learning and to speakers of French. We seek to promote a supportive approach to other cultures and civilisations. We aim to develop students’ understanding of themselves and their own culture.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 pupils learn to talk and write about themselves, their friends and their family, leisure activities, where they live, the time, school, the weather, holidays and snacks.
In Year 8 they study daily routine, parts of the body and illness, food and shopping, Paris and activity holidays.
In Year 9 pupils will learn about regions of France, home life, places around the town, staying healthy, fashion, music and TV programmes.
Pupils learn by using four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also translate to and from French. They will also be building up their grammatical skills, throughout the years. They will also build up a repertoire of vocabulary.
In Year 7 students are expected to spend around half an hour on their homework and by Year 9 they should be spending about 45 minutes on it. If students have any problems with homework they should speak to their teacher, to Mrs Fitzsimons (Head of French), or attend the French Clinic which is held in St Joe’s every Monday lunchtime.
To reinforce their learning, Y7 and Y9 students are given the opportunity to watch a French play during the year, presented by a touring theatre company. They study a scene from it the lesson before they see the play, to aid their understanding. This is usually a really enjoyable, funny and entertaining experience for students. They are often surprised at how much French they already understand.
In Yr 8 students take part in the MFL Fun Day, where they participate in a carousel of activities to promote language learning.
Useful websites for KS3 include:
Key Stage 4
The current Yr 11 students are following the GCSE in French, Edexcel 2FR01 specification.
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Students will take exams in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The Speaking and Writing exams will be Controlled Assessments, which will take place during this year. Between them they constitute 60% of the student’s overall GCSE grade. The Listening and Reading exams will take place at the end of Yr 11. They make up the other 40% of the student’s overall GCSE grade.
The current Yr 10 students are following the new Pearson Edexcel French 1FR0 specification.
Students will do exams in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing at the end of the two year course (2018). Each skill is worth 25% of the total marks. Students will do the speaking exam with their teacher, but Pearson will mark them and all the other skills will be set and marked by Pearson. Students will be entered for one single tier across all four skills.
We would expect Year 10 and 11 students to spend around two hours a week doing homework. If students have any problems with homework they should speak to their teacher, to Mrs Fitzsimons (Head of French), or attend the French Clinic which is held in St Joe’s every Monday lunchtime. Students may also borrow books from the Library to help improve their literacy in French.
Useful KS4 website inlude:
Key Stage 5
Yearr 12 students are working towards the A Level exam, which will take place at the end of two years (2018). We are following the Pearson Edexcel 9FRO specification.
Students will be examined on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. They will translate into and out of French. They will be examined on key literary texts. They will also do an independent research presentation as part of their Speaking exam.
Students should spend between three and four hours a week doing homework. They should do as much independent study as possible, including recommended websites. If they need any advice and help with this, they should speak to Mrs Fitzsimons. Attending French films and/or plays (at the Institut Français, for example) would also prove very beneficial.
We often ask our Sixth Form students to help younger students with their work, as this often reinforces their own understanding. We also encourage them to take on the role of French prefect and promote French throughout the school.
Useful KS5 websites include:
Opportunities for French beyond Loreto
By studying a MFL at A Level, students should have equipped themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or employment, develop their capacity for critical and analytical thinking through the language of study and develop as independent researchers through the language of study.
Students may also go on to study a course such as French and French with Law at university.
Page updated Sept 2016