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Learning a modern language promotes social interaction within and beyond the classroom. It helps pupils with the skills needed to communicate with trading outside their own language.

All pupils in Key Stage 3 study French, and it is offered as a GCSE subject at Key Stage 4.

We aim to develop a range of skills and vocabulary which will allow pupils to communicate about themselves in written and spoken form. They will also become more aware of language and how it works, as well as cultural differences.

Pupils are encouraged to use a range of learning techniques, including the internet and the language assistant.  This year our assistant is called Sullyvan and he works with pupils from years 9, 10 and 11 on a Thursday afternoon.

We have an annual subscription to the Linguascope website which enables pupils to practise and reinforce language learnt at home.

In Year 10, pupils have attended the Opportunity Europe and Beyond Exhibition at St George’s Market, Belfast. This encouraged them to see the relevance of learning a second language.


Year 8

C’est parti

  We are learning to:

  • Greet people
  • Use the pronouns je and tu
  • Say and understand  school objects
  • Use the indefinite article – un, une, des
  • Say and understand  the alphabet
  • Count up to 39
  • Say how old I am
  • Say when my birthday is
  • Give the date
  • Say what things there  are in the classroom
  • Understand  instructions
  • Use the definite article – le, la, l’, les
  • Say what colour things are
  • Make adjectives agree with nouns


Famille et copains

We are learning to:

  • Say what brothers or sisters I have
  • Talk about my family
  • Talk about my pets
  • Describe myself and others
  • Talk about my hair and eyes


Year 9

Chez moi

 We are learning to:

  • Talk about where people live
  • Say what kind of place I live in
  • Say where it is
  • Recognise other French speaking countries
  • Say what kind of house I live in
  • Name the rooms in the house
  • Say what there is on each floor
  • Describe my bedroom
  • Say where things are
  • Talk about what I do in the evening
  • Say what I don’t do
  • Tell the time
  • Count up to 69


En ville


We are learning to:

  • Say what there is/isn’t in a town
  • Ask for directions
  • Understand directions
  • Say where I am/I am going to
  • Give opinions about  places
  • Order drinks and snacks
  • Ask about and understand prices


Ma Journée

We are learning to:

  • Talk about what I do in the morning
  • Talk about what I do after school
  • Talk about school subjects
  • Give opinions and reasons
  • Talk about school timetables
  • Count from 69 to 100


Year 10

Famille et domicile

We are learning to:

  • Talk about myself
  • Talk about families
  • Talk about jobs
  • Talk about where people live
  • Describe the weather


Temps Libre

We are learning to:

  • Talk about what I like doing
  • Talk about what sports I do
  • Talk about what I do with friends
  • Talk about TV programmes I have watched
  • Say what I did last weekend


Manger et boire

We are learning to:

  • Talk about food and drinks I like and don’t like
  • Talk about breakfast and lunch
  • Prepare for a party
  • Buy provisions
  • Talk about evening meals at a restaurant




Pupils who choose to do GCSE French will follow AQA’s specification.  The  contexts and purposes are as follows:




  • Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences

Relationships and Choices

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Future plans regarding marriage / partnership
  • Social issues and equality




Free time and the Media

  • Free time activities
  • Shopping, money, fashion and trends
  • Advantages and disadvantages of new technology


  • Plans, preferences, experiences
  • What to see and getting around


Home and environment

Home and local area

  • Special occasions celebrated in the home
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like


  • Current problems facing the planet
  • Being environmentally friendly within the home and local area


Work and education

School/college and Future Plans

  • What school/college is like
  • Pressures and problems

Current and Future Jobs

  • Looking for and getting a job
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs



The four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be tested, but more weight will be attached to Speaking (30%) and Writing (30%) than to Listening (20%) and Reading (20%).  In Listening andReadingthere will be two tiers of assessment: Foundation (G-C) and Higher (D-A*), but Speaking and Writing will be untiered.  The Listening andReadingtests will be set and marked by AQA, whilst Speaking and Writing tasks can be set by the teacher.  Writing will be externally assessed but Speaking will be internally assessed and externally moderated.




Our Language assistant, Sullyvan with his classes: