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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Year 7 

Curriculum Intention:

The year 7 French curriculum intends to:

  • Inspire learners with a strong cultural content.
  • Introduce the Francophone world to learners.
  • Enable learners to access authentic texts.
  • Help learners develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the target language.
  • Familiarise learners with French phonics and pronunciation.
  • Introduce grammar in a progressive sequence, focusing on key verbs, adjectives and asking questions, thus preparing learners for the GCSE assessment objectives.
  • Enable learners of all abilities to access content, with introductory quizzes at start of modules, combining and recycling of language at end of modules, differentiated class activities and homework.
  • Expose learners with a wide range of visual, video, audio and print-based materials that help develop all skills and caters for all types of learners.
  • Assess at different levels, including all four skills, translation as well as grammar.
  • Enable learners to develop study skills, peer and self-assessment strategies, revision approaches and give opportunity to familiarise themselves with GCSE exam type questions.
  • Encourage learners to use technology as a mean to consolidate and enhance MFL learning.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

  • Greetings, feelings & numbers to 31
  • Brothers & sisters
  • Describing a classroom
  • Saying what you like & dislike (with nouns)

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

  • Colours
  • Telling the time
  • Opinions about school subjects (with verbs, adverbs & adjectives)

20th April – 18th May

  • Weather & activities
  • Asking & talking about sports
  • Frequency
  • Technology & the Internet

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

  • Describing people
  • Saying what you like & dislike (with infinitives)
  • Asking & answering questions about self

24th Feb – 30th March

  • Describing what you wear at school using colours & other adjectives
  • Describing what you do during the school day
  • Comparing French & English schools
  • Describing your ideal school

1st June – 13th July

  • Pets
  • Numbers to 100
  • Describing family, hair, eyes & other physical features
  • Describing where you live
  • Talking about breakfast

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Pupils will be able to:

  • Understand key grammatical concepts
  • Decode printed texts in the target language as well as audio files  
  • Converse using acquired language

Employability skills:

Communication & interpersonal skills

Valuing diversity & difference

Team work

Organisational skills

Presentation skills

Year 8 

Curriculum Intention:

The year 8 French curriculum intends to:

  • Build on prior knowledge and develop understanding of grammar concepts in a progressive sequence, with a strong focus on verb tenses (past perfect/imperfect, future, modal verbs), time frame clues, adjectival agreement and placement (including irregular) and asking more complex questions in a variety of way.
  • Inspire learners with a strong cultural content of the Francophone world.
  • Enable learners to access authentic and literary texts.
  • Develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the target language.
  • Strengthen and widen knowledge of French phonics, pronunciation with a focus on intonation.
  • Enable learners of all abilities to access content, with introductory quizzes at start of modules, combining and recycling of language at end of modules, differentiated class activities and homework.
  • Expose learners with a wide range of visual, video, audio and print-based materials that help develop all skills and cater for all types of learners.
  • Assess at different levels, including all four skills, translation as well as grammar.
  • Enable learners to develop study skills, revision and comprehension strategies.
  • Give opportunity to practise GCSE exam type questions in all 4 skills.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

  • Talk about school holidays. Revise voir/etre present tense.
  • Saying what you did on holiday. Past tense with avoir & etre (regular/ irregular & all pronouns)
  • Using sequencers & giving opinions using the imperfect tense.
  • Saying what you did not do- using negatives ne…pas. Describing problems whilst traveling.

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

  • Shopping for food at a market, quantities, using the partitive article, conversation role plays.
  • Saying where you went and what you bought- revision of the perfect tense with etre and avoir.
  • Talking about food specialities from different regions and for different festivals. Talking about future school trips.

20th April – 18th May

  • Talking about leisure activities
  • Using negatives
  • Spotting synonyms
  • Looking up perfect tense verbs when reading
  • Using three tenses when speaking
  • Speaking from notes
  • Talking about where you live
  • Discussing the weather

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

  • Combining &recognising present and past together when speaking about holidays.
  • Talking about festivals & celebrations using j’aime + infinitive c’est + adjective and je pense/ à mon avis
  • Talking about new year’s resolutions

24th Feb – 30th March

  • Using the near future with questions about transports, activities, travel companions &food.
  • Talking about celebrities and TV programmes. Using singular and plural adjective agreement
  • Talking about digital technology. Forming & answering a range of questions
  • Arranging to go to the cinema
  • Buying cinema tickets

1st June – 13th July

  • Describing where you live
  • Using pouvoir + infinitive
  • Household chores and opinions.
  • Listening for different persons of the verb
  • Using different strategies to decode words while reading
  • Talking about daily routine
  • Using reflexive verbs
  • Talking about moving house
  • Irregular adjectives (beau, nouveau)
  • Using three tenses in writing

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Students will be able to write, converse, understand written texts and audio materials that contain 3 time frames.

Employability skills:

Communication & interpersonal skills. Valuing diversity & difference

Team work. Organisational skills

Presentation skills. Problem solving.

Year 9 

Curriculum Intention:

The year 9 French curriculum intends to:

  • Develop proficiency and confidence with manipulating grammar with a strong focus on verb tenses (past perfect/imperfect, future simple/near future, conditional, modal verbs), time frame clues, adjectival agreement and placement (including irregular adjectives).
  • Promote extended and complex responses.
  • Asking more complex questions in a variety of ways with a focus on the GCSE speaking exam.
  • Inspire learners with a strong cultural content of the Francophone world.
  • Enable learners to access authentic and literary texts.
  • Develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the target language.
  • Develop confidence in oracy with a focus on intonation and pace.
  • Enable learners of all abilities to access content with class activities and homework.
  • Expose learners with a wide range of visual, video, audio and print-based materials that help develop all skills and cater for all learners.
  • Assess at different levels, including all four skills, translation and grammar.
  • Enable learners to consolidate study skills, revision and comprehension strategies.
  • Promote MFL post KS3 (GCSE, A Level, university and the world of work)
  • Develop a sound understanding of the GCSE grades, exam structure and questions types.

Curriculum Implementation:
PLEASE NOTE THAT STUDENTS HAVE 2 FRENCH LESSONS PER FORTNIGHT (+ 2 OF ITALIAN)

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

  • Discussing what’s on the television
  • Using direct object pronouns
  • Talking about films
  • Using the perfect tense
  • Describing your routine
  • The perfect tense of reflexive verbs

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

  • Planning what you are going to do
  • The NEAR future tense
  • Talk about plans for your future life
  • Using the future SIMPLE tense
  • Learning why languages are important- GCSE OPTIONS

20th April – 18th May

  • Talking about illnesses
  • Expressions with avoir and être
  • Describing injuries
  • More on the perfect tense
  • Healthy living
  • Using complex negatives- ne jamais, ne que, ni…ni

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

  • Talking about what you read
  • Using aller + the infinitive
  • Describing what you saw or read
  • Using present, past & future tenses
  • Tackling authentic texts about French television
  • Reading profiles of French film stars

24th Feb – 30th March

  • Talking about future careers
  • Using quand with the future tense
  • Connectives in complex sentences
  • Using languages: a case study
  • Using more connectives
  • Technology of the future
  • Travel in the future

1st June – 13th July

  • Understanding and giving advice
  • Using imperatives
  • Understanding a complex test
  • Using emphatic pronouns
  • Using French colloquialisms
  • Understanding formal texts

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes: 

Students will be able to write, converse, understand written texts and audio materials that contain 3 time frames. Past tenses: perfect and imperfect. Future tenses: near future and future simple. Present tense of regular/irregular verbs. Using and recognising the full range of pronouns. Expressing complex vies and opinions using direct object pronouns. Dealing with complex and authentic texts. Copying with GCSE past questions in all 4 skills.

Employability skills:

Exploring careers and employability of having a qualification in MFL.

Communication & interpersonal skills. Valuing diversity & difference

Team work. Organisational skills

Presentation skills. Problem solving.

Year 10 

Curriculum Intention:

  • Consolidate and build on prior grammatical and vocabulary knowledge.
  • Promote extended and complex responses with a focus on accuracy.
  • Provide depth of language knowledge and essential skills to access the GCSE materials including literary texts and audio materials.
  • Build confidence in oracy skills (focus on spontaneous speech) to prepare for the globalised world of work.
  • Promote curiosity, problem solving skills and deepen understanding of own culture and that of other countries.
  • Give knowledge, understanding and skills to progress onto the next stage, irrespective of prior attainment, background or ethnicity.
  • Equip with the knowledge and skills to achieve their best at GCSE.
  • Enable students to maximise potential, achieving the highest levels of academic success leading to the widest range of pathways.
  • Promote high aspirations, resilience and independence to maximise opportunities to flourish and to progress in their future careers.
  • Provide opportunities to take curriculum beyond the classroom, to develop a love of learning, independence and creative thinking through music, technology and the media.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th Theme 1 A

  • Revising family and describing people. Revising places in town, activities and times
  • Talking about friends and what makes a good friend
  • Talking about family relationships
  • Making arrangements to go out
  • Describing a day out
  • Talking about role models

Jan 6th – 10th Feb Theme 1C

  • Talking about food and meals
  • Discussing clothes and what to wear
  • Describing your daily life
  • Shopping for clothes
  • Describing festivals and traditions
  • Talking about shopping for a special meal
  • Describing family celebrations

20th April – 18th May Theme 2B

  • Talking about what you normally do on holiday
  • Staying in a hotel
  • Talking about travelling
  • Saying what you do and did on holiday
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Buying souvenirs
  • Talking about holiday disasters
  • Mock revision

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th Them 1B

  • Revising leisure activities. Revising films and going to the cinema
  • Talking about sport
  • Talking about using technology
  • Discussing reading habits and music
  • Talking about television programmes
  • Talking about a night out with friends

24th Feb – 30th March Theme 2A

  • Talking about where you live and what you can do there
  • Describing a town and asking the way
  • Describing a region
  • Finding out tourist information
  • Discussing plans and the weather
  • Talking about your town, village or neighbourhood

1st June – 13th July Theme 3A

  • Revising school subjects and talking about your timetable
  • Giving opinions about school subjects and facilities
  • Talking about your school and school in France
  • Discussing rules and regulations
  • Talking about school activities
  • Talking about successes at school

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes: 

Sound reading and listening strategies, including dealing with new language in exam situations. Confident exam skills, including maximising time.

Broad experience in all 4 skills. Extended and accurate responses in written and oral assessments. Pupils achieve at least 2 grades below their target in mocks.

Employability skills:

Transactional skills through role play. Effective communication skills- articulation and intonation. Team work, organisational skills. Cultural awareness- global citizens.

Year 11 

 

Curriculum Intention:

  • Consolidate and build on prior grammatical and vocabulary knowledge.
  • Promote extended and complex responses with a focus on accuracy.
  • Provide depth of language knowledge and essential skills to access the GCSE materials including literary texts and audio materials.
  • Build confidence in oracy skills (with a focus on spontaneous speech) to prepare for the globalised world of work.
  • Promote curiosity, problem solving skills and deepen understanding of own culture and that of other countries.
  • Give knowledge, understanding and skills to progress onto the next stage, irrespective of prior attainment, background or ethnicity.
  • Equip with the knowledge and skills to achieve their best at GCSE.
  • Enable students to maximise potential, achieving the highest levels of academic success leading to the widest range of pathways.
  • Promote high aspirations, resilience and independence to maximise opportunities to flourish and to progress in their future careers.
  • Provide opportunities to take curriculum beyond the classroom, to develop a love of learning, independence and creative thinking through music, technology and the media.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th Theme 3B

  • Talking about jobs
  • Discussing work preferences
  • Talking about plans, hopes and wishes
  • Discussing the importance of languages
  • Talking about how you earn money
  • Discussing work experience

Jan 6th – 10th Feb Theme 5

  • Talking about protecting the environment
  • Talking about ethical shopping
  • Talking about volunteering
  • Talking about big events

 

 

20th April – 18th May

Oral exams.

Revision of themes 4-5, writing, listening and reading preparation.

 

 

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th Theme 4

Environmental issues

Talking about what makes you tick and what concerns you

Discussing the weather and natural disasters

Revision and mocks

 

24th Feb – 30th March

Revision of themes 1-2-3, exam practice and speaking preparation.

 

 

 

 

1st June – 13th July Study leave

 

 

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes: 

Higher performance in mocks by 1 grade +

Confidence, spontaneity and fluency in role plays, photo-cards description and general conversations.

Good use of time in exams. Good revisions skills. Complex written responses.

Wide vocabulary and grammatical knowledge.

Employability skills:

Presentation skills/ oracy skills. Transactional skills through role play. Effective communication skills- articulation and intonation. Team work, organisational skills. Cultural awareness- global citizens.

Year 12 

Curriculum Intention:

  • Inspire and engage through familiar and popular themes. Provides clear links to the most fundamental and interesting aspects of French and Francophone culture.
  • Provide a choice of literary texts and films- from contemporary to more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from France and the wider French-speaking world.
  • To develop and assess spontaneity and grammar, as well as provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively.
  • Encourage students to develop ideas, use language to persuade and analyse, and give critical responses in their writing and speaking.
  • Provide continuous progression and build on the understanding developed at Key Stage 4.
  • Give students the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, enabling them to make a smooth transition to university.
  • Enhance linguistic skills and promote capacity for critical thinking on the basis of knowledge and understanding of the language and culture.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th 

Theme 1: Les changements dans la société française

  • L’éducation/ Le système éducatif
  • Questions estudiantines
  • Les changements dans les structures familiales

 

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Theme 2: La culture politique et artistique

  • Le monde du travail: vie active en France et attitudes envers le travail.
  • Droit à la grève
  • L’égalité des sexes
  • Les médias
  • La liberté d’expression
  • La presse écrite et en ligne
  • L’impact sur la société et la politique

20th April – 18th May

Literary works- film: Intouchables

Research project choice

 

Mock revision

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th  

  • Les attitudes envers le mariage envers les couples
  • Les attitudes envers la famille

 

24th Feb – 30th March

  • La musique: changements et les développements
  • Impact de la musique sur la culture populaire
  • Festivals/ traditions/  fêtes
  • Coutumes & traditions

1st June – 13th July

Literary works-text: No et Moi Delphine de Vigan

 

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes: 

Oral fluency: intonation, accent, pace and accuracy.

Evidence of complexity in language, knowledge of themes as well as development of analysis and critical thinking.

Students achieve at least 2 grade below their target or better at mock.

Employability skills:

Organisation, time keeping, autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility.

Communication strategies. Critical thinking. Apply knowledge independently and creatively. Research skills. Summarising skills.

Year 13 

Curriculum Intention:

Develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, for both practical and intellectual purposes.

  • Develop an ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing, including through online media.
  • Develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence.
  • Engage critically with stimulating texts, films and other materials in French, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context.
  • Develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the Francophone world.
  • Equip 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 as independent researchers through the language of study.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th 

Theme 4: Occupation & résistance

  • La France occupée
  • La collaboration
  • L’antisémitisme
  • Le régime de Vichy: Maréchal Pétain/ révolution nationale
  • Literary works-text: No et Moi Delphine de Vigan

Jan 6th – 10th Feb 

Theme 3: Immigration & société multiculturelle

  • L’impact positif de l’immigration sur la société française
  • Répondre aux défis de l’immigration et l’intégration en France
  • Les activités des communautés
  • La marginalisation et l’aliénation du point de vue des immigrés

20th April – 18th May

  • Individual research project
  • Speaking exam preparation
  • Literary works- film: Intouchables

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

  • La Résistance : Jean Moulin/ Charles de Gaulle
  • Les femmes de la Résistance
  • La résistance des français
  • Individual research project

24th Feb – 30th March

  • L’extrême droite
  • La montée du Front National
  • Les leaders du Front National
  • L’opinion publique
  • Individual research project

1st June – 13th July

Exam leave

 

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Oral fluency: intonation, accent, pace and accuracy.

Excellent presentation skills and response to unpredicted elements of conversation. Wide vocabulary. Knowledge of current affairs.

Evidence of complexity in language, knowledge of themes as well as good analysis and critical thinking.

Students achieve at least 1 grade below their target or better at mock.

Employability skills:

Autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility.

Communication strategies. Critical thinking. Apply knowledge independently and creatively. Research skills. Summarising skills.