The aim of the MFL department is to develop students’ ability to communicate effectively and to develop their understanding of other cultures. We pride ourselves in providing our students with the capacity to interact with native speakers of French and other languages in the United Kingdom or abroad.

In Year 7, students study French. At the end of the second year, students have the chance to continue with it in Year 9 as a GCSE subject.

Lessons encourage students to experiment with language structures and take risks in a safe environment. Students work in pairs and in groups as well as independently. We expect students to communicate effectively and become understanding and caring citizens. This is achieved through challenging language practices and discussions on personal and global issues.

Resources such as textbooks and interactive resources and the internet are embedded in the learning of MFL, together with games and competitions. Films or series and music in the foreign language are used as part of lessons, both to enhance the students’ listening skills but also improve their understanding and learning of the foreign culture.

Students also benefit from up-to-date resources which have been developed in conjunction with AQA, our chosen exam board at GCSE.

Outside of school, students will have the opportunity to participate in activities and trips aimed at boosting their confidence in speaking, including study days at the British Film Institute, visits from French students, and trips to Boulogne-sur-Mer and Paris.

Students of all age groups can access revision materials at the following link: www.quizlet.com/stjohnfisherfrench


Subject Teachers:
Mr P Charlton
Miss K Westbrook
 
Curriculum Outline
  • Key Stage 3
    • Year 7: Me, myself and I, My family and friends; homes; towns; hobbies.
    • Year 8: School life; A typical day in the life of, more family and more on friends, body parts and illness and food.
  • Key Stage 4
    • GCSE full course with AQA in French takes three years at the end of which students take their exams in: listening, reading, speaking and writing. The four papers all weigh 25% towards the final grade. Throughout the years the main themes and subtopics learnt are the following:
      • The GCSE full course with AQA in French takes three years, at the end of which students take their exams in listening, reading, speaking and writing. The four papers all weigh 25% towards the final grade. Throughout the years, the main themes and subtopics taught are as follows:
        • Theme 1: Identity and culture
        • Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
        • Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
        • Topic 3: Free-time activities
        • Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities
        • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
        • Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
        • Topic 2: Social issues
        • Topic 3: Global issues
        • Topic 4: Travel and tourism
        • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
        • Topic 1: My studies
        • Topic 2: Life at school/college
        • Topic 3: Education post-16
        • Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Key Stage Taught (Yes / No)
Key Stage 3 Yes
Key Stage 4 Yes
Key Stage 5 No

Examination Information
Official name of course Qualification Level Exam Board
French (full course) GCSE AQA