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Passmores Academy

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Passmores French department wants students to have the opportunity to develop their ability to communicate confidently  with native French speakers. Students will learn how to use their knowledge and understanding of grammar progressively throughout the course. Lessons will be delivered through topics using a variety of engaging, interactive resources. A GCSE in French will allow our young people to add an international dimension to their qualification which future employers and higher education institutions look for.  


Students will engage in a range of exploration topics throughout Key Stage 3, which include Personality, School, Past times, My Area, Holidays, TV, Paris, Relationships, Home, Ambition, Social Life, Health, Jobs and My Rights. Students opting to study GCSE French at KS4 follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE French specification. 

Throughout the course, they will engage in the following topics: My Personal World​, Lifestyle and Wellbeing​, My Neighbourhood​, Media and Technology​, Studying and My Future and Travel and Tourism.





By the end of KS3, a successful French student will be able to: 

● get an insight into the everyday life and culture of France and other French-speaking countries, encouraging intercultural understanding 

● use the language learning skills and strategies that they need to become independent language learners 

● experience cross-curricular studies 

● identify and use tenses or other structures which convey the present, past, and future in French 

● develop and practise the personal, learning and thinking skills required to operate as independent enquirers, creative thinkers, reflective learners, team workers, self-managers and effective participators 

● transcribe words and short sentences that they hear with increasing accuracy 

By the end of KS4, a successful French student will be able to: 

● use the vocabulary that they have learnt to communicate with young French people of their own age on topics that interest and stimulate them 

● develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, allowing them to give and justify opinions and take part in discussion about wider issues 

● listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately 

● initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses, making use of important social conventions such as formal modes of address 

● express and develop ideas clearly and with increasing accuracy, both orally and in writing 

● speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation 

● read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials from a range of different sources, understanding the purpose, important ideas and details, and provide an accurate English translation of short, suitable material 

● read literary texts in French, such as stories, songs, poems and letters, to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture  

● write creatively to express their own ideas and opinions and translate short written text accurately into French