Curriculum Overview
Whole School Curriculum Plan
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Mrs N Jones

Why Study a Language?
·         Assists in developing and improving communication skills
·         Enhances socio-cultural understanding
·         Improves career prospects in, for example, the fields of tourism, education, international law, commerce, education and sport
·         Gain a sense of personal achievement
·         Become aware of diverse cultural and linguistic practices
·         Promotes awareness and confidence in the correct use of English.
Key Stage 3
The majority of pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 study French for three hours every two weeks.  Towards the end of Year 9 they can choose whether or not to continue with French at GCSE.
During Year 7 and 8 pupils explore a variety of topic areas.  The focus is on communication through the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Topic areas covered are ‘Moi et ma famille – Me and my family’; ‘La routine et le temps libre – Daily routine and freetime’; ‘Où j’habite – Where I live’; ‘La francophonie – French speaking countries’; Les vacances – Holidays’ and ‘La vie de tous les jours – Everyday life’.
During Year 9 pupils begin to follow the GCSE French course, focussing on the topic areas of ‘Personal Information’ and ‘Out and About’.  They develop their skills in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, and become more aware of what would be expected of them if they were to opt for the GCSE French in Years 10 and 11.
In year 9, 10 and 11 the examination board used is Edexcel.
Key Stage 4 - GCSE
At Thomas Cowley we follow the Edexcel GCSE French syllabus
The key subject aims are to enable students to develop:
  • an understanding of French in a variety of contexts
  • a knowledge of French vocabulary and structures
  • transferable language learning skills
  • the ability to communicate effectively in French
  • awareness and understanding of countries and communities where French is spoken.
The GCSE in French consists of four units and is assessed through the four key skills:, Listening (20%), Speaking (30%), Reading (20%) and Writing (30%). 
1. Media and Culture                                      Music/film/reading/
2. Sport and leisure                                        Hobbies/interests/
  sporting events/
  lifestyle choices
3. Travel and tourism                                      Holidays/
  eating, food, drink
4. Business, work and employment              Work experience/part-time jobs/
  product or service information
Speaking and Writing are assessed under controlled conditions, with preparation taking place in class and at home prior to assessment.
Extra-curricular information
Extra french sessions are offered for pupils in Year 11.


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