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Modern Languages - French

'Language is the road map of a culture.  It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.'

Rita Mae Brown - feminist writer

We offer challenging and engaging lessons in which all skills –Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are taught on a weekly basis as well as a thorough knowledge of grammar and tailored authentic materials such as songs.

Our ambition is that all pupils will leave their Languages education with the confidence to use French and/or Spanish for conversational and informative purposes. In addition to this, we ensure that pupils are immersed in the culture of the target language countries through trips as well as special projects.

Studying French at Park School


Overview/ Introduction 

Pupils will be taught for 2 x 50 minutes lesson per week and will develop their grammatical knowledge as well as building vocabulary relating to the different topics that are essential to prepare them for GCSE. Not only will they need to recall this information, but they will regularly be challenged to apply it in different contexts. They will practise a range of skills, which will allow them to prepare successfully for their progression to KS4.

We offer a whole language teaching of French, but we also endeavour to awaken the interest of pupils through the learning of cultural aspects of Francophone life using:

Short films on different aspects of life in the Francophone world.

Exposure to France and French culture through Art Exhibitions and French world in London.

Year 7 

The course will be delivered through the four skills of writing, speaking, reading, and listening. 

Some pupils will have experienced previous exposure to a modern foreign language at Primary school. 

We place emphasis on enjoyment, communication, and confidence. 

Topics include: personal information; free time activities; school and school subjects; Friends and family; and description of your town.

Year 8 

Pupils will build on the foundations of year 7 developing their abilities in the four skills (reading, listening, writing, and speaking) and will improve their communication skills through a range of individual, pair and group work using the present, past and future tenses. They will be submerged in a variety of authentic situations through role plays.

Topics include: holidays; hobbies; arranging to go out with family and friends

Year 9

Pupils will build on what they have learned in Year 7 and 8 and will become more independent learners. Lessons will prepare them to make the transition from KS3 to GCSE. They will deepen their understanding of the four skills and of the topics covered.  

Topics include: celebrations; work experience; healthy lifestyles; holidays; fair trade and recycling. 



FRENCH GCSE Course description – Year 10 and 11

Pupils have already learnt French for three years. The French GCSE is a two-year topic-based course that tests the four skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Pupils will be expected to understand and extract details from texts, recordings as well as conversations by native speakers. They will be required to talk about a range of topics and exchange information. In addition, pupils will increase their understanding of the French and Francophone culture.

The examination board is Edexcel and a variety of resources are used in lessons.

Course structure

Pupils will sit all their exams at the end of the course. All exams are externally assessed.

Paper 1: Listening component. The purpose of the exam is to understand and respond to different types of spoken language. The Listening component comprises 25% of the final grade.

Paper 2: Speaking component. The purpose of the exam is to communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes. Pupils will sit in a Role-play exam and will be asked questions based on a photo. The Speaking component comprises 25% of final the grade.

Paper 3: Reading component. The purpose of the exam is to understand and respond to different types of written language. There will also be a translation from French to English. The Reading component comprises 25% of the final grade.

Paper 4: Writing component. The purpose of the exam is to communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes. There will also be a translation text from English to French. The Writing component comprises 25% of the final grade.

Candidates must take all four question papers at the same tier. They may be entered for Foundation or Higher papers depending on their strengths.


GCSE in French

We also offer French day visit to the French Institute in South Kensington and other cultural events such as French days at the British Film Institute.

How will pupils be assessed?

The entire GCSE is now sat through a series of exam papers:

Paper 1: Listening. This is worth 25% of the GCSE

Paper 2: Speaking. This is worth 25% of the GCSE

Paper 3: Reading. This is worth 25% of the GCSE

Paper 4: Writing. This is worth 25% of the GCSE