Key Stage 3

For French at Roding we teach a two year KS3 and a 3 year KS4.RVHS_CVB3116

In French topics in year 7 include: Getting started, family and friends, at home, in the town, school, my day and hobbies. Topics in year 8 include: free time, going out, eating and drinking, travel and holidays, friends, TV and media, the future, health and a story about a crime in the castle.

Spanish is taught to the most able linguists once a week, as a second foreign language in years 8 and 9. Topics in year 8 include: getting started, school, my family, my home and free time activities, whilst in year 9 the topics of my town, the media, holidays, food, fashion and health are taught. Due to the fact that pupils start GCSE French in year 9, a small group of pupils are disapplied from French, and they study an introduction to Spanish in year 9, broadly following the same topics outlined for the year 8 curriculum listed above.

We also teach pupils about French/Spanish culture and way of life, offer them cross curricular opportunities and look at poetry, short stories and songs. Grammar also has an important role when learning a new language and pupils have their own grammar books. Enrichment opportunities for French also include a day trip to St. Omer and a theatre company visit. In year 8 pupils sample a French breakfast and could go to Boulogne for the day.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE French syllabus is studied for three years in French, starting in year 9 and two years, from year 10, in Spanish. Both subjects follow the EDEXCEL GCSE syllabus and topics include:

Out and About, Customer Service and Transactions, Personal Information, Future plans, Education and Work, and Travel and Tourism, and focus on the four languages skills areas:  Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

These are academically challenging subjects, the aim of which is to develop the ability to use French/Spanish effectively for the purposes of practical communication, in situations encountered by a tourist or someone living abroad, e.g. making a phone call, changing money, going to a doctor. The courses offer insights into the culture and civilisation of France/Spain.  A French trip to Paris is offered in Year 10 and a trip is offered at the end of Year 9 to Le Touquet, to those pupils who have opted to study French at GCSE level. In addition, pupils are also invited to attend a revision/exam tips conference in London. Pupils also have to identify and use transferable language learning skills, e.g. manipulating language, grammar, applying knowledge into new contexts and develop an understanding of both spoken and written language in a range of contexts.

Pupils are assessed in the following way:

  • Listening 20% final examination on the main topic areas
  • Speaking 30%  controlled speaking assessments
  • Reading 20% final examination on the main topic areas
  • Writing 30% controlled writing assessments