Key Stage 3 overview
Pupils will be introduced to a variety of new skills to help them learn and become confident language learners. They will build up their vocabulary and learn memorising techniques. They will analyse language and work out how to adapt known language in different contexts. They will learn to work out the meaning of texts using the contexts as support. They will improve their knowledge of grammar and translation skills.
Key Stage 4 overview
Pupils will build on their knowledge and understanding gained in Year 7-8 but the complexity of the language will increase, ensuring that pupils are able to use grammar effectively and translate with confidence. Speaking and listening becomes more important at GCSE, and there will be regular opportunities to respond to written and spoken French.
The themes covered within the GCSE include:
- family and friends
- technology in everyday life
- leisure activities
- customs and festivals
- life at school and college
- career choices and ambitions
Qualification assessment overview
Examinations are taken at the end of Year 11 in the four key skills. All carry an equal weighting of 25% and are available in both higher and foundation tiers. Foundation tier will test grades 5-1, higher will test grades 9-4. Students will be entered for one tier across all four papers. The speaking assessment takes place at the end of April. The listening, reading and writing exam take place in May.