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French

Curriculum Intent

The MFL department aims to support students to understand life in French speaking countries and culture in these countries so that pupils can be more open and adaptable to new experiences. We aim to develop confident language learners who are resilient and are able to communicate effectively and confidently in French, building skills in listening, speaking, reading and listening. We endeavour to make learning French enjoyable and meaningful, providing students with a variety of language learning opportunities. We ensure that students have a sound understanding of French phonics, grammar and vocabulary and are able to progress readily to the next stage of their learning and aim to develop independent learners by ensuring that learning in the classroom is enhanced through self-study.

Curriculum Outline

Year 7 Curriculum

Cycle 1: Students are able to describe themselves, their name, age, birthday and what they look like.

Cycle 2: Students are able to say where they live, talk about their family and give descriptions of people.

Cycle 3: Students are able to talk about their pets, different jobs people have, give opinions and are able to make comparisons.

Year 8 Curriculum

Cycle 1: Students learn about French celebrities and historical figures, building upon grammar and structures learnt in year 7.

Cycle 2: Students learn about Francophone countries and the differences between cultures, whilst developing the ability to use and manipulate the language with increasing accuracy.

Cycle 3: Students consolidate what they have learnt to use more challenging structures, communicating in the past, present and future, as well as learning about current French past times. 

Year 9 Curriculum

Cycle 1: Students are able to discuss where they live in more detail, including what is in their neighbourhood, activities they can do and a description of their street.

Cycle 2: Students are able to say what plans they are making for the future, talk about daily activities and what they have recently done in the past.

Cycle 3: Students are able to describe a typical day in the past, present and future and describe a recent holiday, giving opinions.

Year 10 Curriculum

Students are taught a range of topics, which aim to continue expanding students’ cultural knowledge. Year 10 builds upon the structures learnt from yr7 to yr9 and students are taught further grammatical structures and more in-depth content. They practise communicating using all four skills: speaking listening, reading and writing.

These are the topics taught at GCSE:

  • Family and relationships
  • Technology
  • Customs and Festivals
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Post 16
  • Holidays
  • Free time and activities
  • Social issues
  • In town and at home

The students have 3 cycles in year 10, which interlink all of the topics.

Year 11 Curriculum

Students continue learning the topics introduced in year 10, which aim to continue expanding students’ cultural knowledge and continue to build upon the structures learnt in year 10. They also continue developing their ability to manipulate grammatical structures and communicate with confidence when speaking, listening, reading and writing.

These are the topics taught at GCSE:

  • Family and relationships
  •  Technology
  • Customs and Festivals
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Post 16
  • Holidays
  • Free time and activities
  • Social issues
  •  In town and at home

The students are taught in 2 cycles in year 11, which continue to interlink all of the topics and not only consolidate the content and grammar learnt in year 10 but also develop further grammatical structures.

Extra-curricular Opportunities

  • Annual French trip to Paris
  • Year 7 and 8 language competitions

Fullhurst Community College

Fullhurst Community College
Imperial Avenue
Leicester
LE3 1AH

tel: 0116 282 4326
fax: 0116 282 5781
email: office@fullhurst.leicester.sch.uk