The French course is designed to prepare students for success at GCSE, and all modules incorporate challenge and will stretch more able students. There is a strong focus on grammar, which builds confidence and allows students to speak and write high-quality French.
We cover the key examination skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, with further emphasis on skills inclusing resilience, independence and self-management.
We follow the AQA GCSE and A Level courses, and our KS3 syllabus is designed to prepare students fully for study at KS4 and beyond.
An online vocabulary championship runs each month and is highly popular amongst students.
Sixth form students work as mentors for younger students in the school where required, and a lunchtime support session is run by staff as well.
The French Department has an open door policy and students are welcome to ask staff for help whenever it is needed. Furthermore, sixth formers also mentor younger students at KS 3 and 4. Help sessions are also run at lunchtime.
The French department caters for all needs in lessons and more able students are set challenging tasks and encouraged to become more inquisitive researchers and learners, going beyond the curriculum in their own work and reading.
Throughout the year, students are offered opportunities to enrich their learning through authentic documents, cultural aspects, French magazines or newspapers, trips (Normandy, French exchange), videos, ICT language sites.