Subject French
Members of staff Richard.Ludlow – Curriculum Leader, Deborah Patterson – Teacher and Lee.Williams – Teacher
Subject overview

Students studying French cover a wide range of language and content which helps to support them with their reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in the foreign language.  Students are encouraged to engage with authentic literature and media sources to develop their understanding of the language whilst also learning about different cultures across the world where French is spoken.

At Churchill Community College all students who opt to take French as an option into key stage 4 study for a GCSE.

Key Stage 3
Content Year 7 Year 8
Autumn term 1 French literature project

Harry Potter

Lifestyle Project

My Life and Me

Autumn term 2 Historical Project

World War One

Global Project

The World Around Us

Spring term 1 Tourism Project

Safari Park Experience

School Focus Project

My Studies and My Future

Spring term 2 French History and Culture

The French Revolution

House and Home Project

My Town and Where I Live

Summer term 1 Media Project

Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis

Media Project

Les Choristes

Summer term 2 Transactional Language

Getting By In France

Transactional Language

Focus On France

Key Stage 4
Content Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn term 1 GCSE Speaking Focus

Getting by in France

GCSE Focus

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Travel and tourism

GCSE Focus

Current and future study and employment

Education Post-16

Autumn term 2 GCSE Translation Focus

Let’s Make Sense Of It All

GCSE Focus

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

GCSE Focus

Current and future study and employment

Jobs and career choices

Spring term 1 GCSE Focus

Identity and Culture

Me, my family and friends

GCSE Focus

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Social issues

GCSE Focus

Current and future study and employment

Life ambitions and my future

Spring term 2 GCSE Focus

Identity and Culture

Technology In Everyday Life

GCSE Focus

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Global issues

GCSE Focus

Bringing it all together Exam preparation and revision period

Summer term 1 GCSE Focus

Identity and Culture

Free-time Activities

GCSE Focus

Current and future study and employment

My Studies

GCSE Focus

Bringing it all together Exam preparation and revision period

Summer term 2 GCSE Focus

Identity and Culture

Customs and Festivals

GCSE Focus

Current and future study and employment

My School Life

Revision links for GCSE course

Students at Churchill Community College actively use technology to support their learning and so the following websites and applications are used each week.  Students at KS4 should use GCSEPod and Memrise on a weekly basis.  Students may also use applications such as Duolingo through their mobile technology to help to reinforce the transactional language aspect of their education.

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

Languages are learnt best when they are discussed and used openly with others.  The best way to support your child outside of the classroom is to engage with them about the language that they are learning within their lessons.  Parents may choose to support with their weekly vocabulary tests or ask them to show them the language that they have seen during classes.  Parents could also choose to support children with the cultural element of the course by asking them to openly discuss the differences between cultures and what they have found out about French culture.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Students studying French at GCSE have the opportunity to take part in the yearly visit to Lille, Boulogne-sur-Mer and Paris where they have the chance to explore the language and the culture whilst also being able to experience life in a French school as well as developing their knowledge of the culture of Lille.