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GCSE French

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in French for students who have chosen this subject for GCSE, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

Subject Key Concepts





Please click here for Subject Key Concepts.

Please click here for a PDF French Learning Journey

Please click here for a PDF independent learning board.


Please click here to see what our students (Year 7-13) had to say about studying a language.

 Curriculum Overview for Year 10


Topic / Key Concepts


Specific Knowledge

Specific Skills

Autumn Term


Unit 2 leisure




·         music instruments

·         films and cinema

·         talk about sport

·         Technology

·         reading habits and music

·         TV programmes

·         Talking about actors and films

·         A night out with friends



·         Jouer à / jouer de

·         Opinion verbs + infinitive

·         Verb vouloir

·         Asking questions

·         Verb faire

·         Depuis + present tense

·         Present tense of irregular verbs

·         negatives

·         comparative adjective

·         perfect tense

Spring Term


















Summer term


Unit 3 Future plans



















Unit 4 Town and region



·         food and meals

·         food for special occasions

·         family celebrations

·         festivals and traditions

·         shopping for clothes

·         daily routine



·         some + food /drinks

·         verbs boire and prendre

·         present and near future tenses

·         perfect and imperfect tenses

·         asking questions

·         adjective agreements

·         quel/ quells/ quelle/ quelles

·         ce/cet/cette/ces

·         modal verbs (devoir + pouvoir) + infinitive



·         where you live, weather and transport

·         Describing a region

·         Describing community projects

·         Describing a town and asking the way

·         talking your town, village or district

·         places of interest in town

·         directions

·         tourist information and visits

·         Discussing plans and the weather


·         On peut + infinitive

·         Irregular adjectives

·         Superlative

·         Negative

·         Using present and imperfect tenses together

·         Imperative

·         Asking questions

·         Si clauses

Summer holiday

Unit 6 School

Self-study booklet















·         Opinion on school subjects

·         Talking about timetable

·         Comparing schools in the UK and in French-speaking countries

·         Discussing school rules

·         Extracurricular activities

·         Successes at school

·         Talking about a school exchange



·         Direct object pronouns

·         Present tense with ils/elles

·         Il faut / il est interdit de

·         Imperfect tense

·         Using three tenses together

Curriculum Overview for Year 11


Topic / Key Concepts


Specific Knowledge

Specific Skills

Autumn Term

Unit 5 Holiday



·         what you normally do on holiday

·         Countries

·         Accommodation

·         Means of transport

·         Dealing with a hotel stay

·         Talking about travelling

·         Holiday activities-  past, present

·         holiday disasters

·         Ordering in a restaurant

·         Buying souvenirs

·         ideal holiday



·         Saying in or to + country

·         Using nous form + nos/notre

·         Comparative

·         Reflexive verbs

·         Using three tenses together

·         Expressions with avoir



Spring Term




Unit 7 Future plans

















Unit 6 Health lifestyle








Unit 8 Social and global issues




Discussing career choices

·         Jobs and workplaces

·         Work preferences

·         future plans and hopes

·         helping at home and part time jobs

·         work experience


Grammar :

·         Masculine and feminine nouns

·         Conditional

·         Relative pronoun qui

·         Future tense

·         Use three tenses together

·         Perfect and imperfect tenses

·         Verbs followed by à / de



·         Healthy lifestyle – food/drinks, addictions, exercising

·         resolutions


·         adverbs

·         future tense




·         priorities and worries

·         Discussing weather and natural disasters

·         Talking about protecting the environment

·         Social issues

·         Discussing ethical shopping

·         volunteering

·         Talking about volunteering

·         Discussing big events


·         Simple future

·         Using on doit + on peut

·         Passive

·         Emphatic pronouns

·         Using three tenses together

Useful documents:

Please click here for a PDF of curriculum overview for Year 10.
Please click here for a PDF of curriculum overview for Year 11.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Oget if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?


How are groups organised?

We organise our classes into sets which are reviewed regularly. The students have five one-hour lessons per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Successful language learners will have a ‘give it a go’ approach to communicating in the foreign language. They will be systematic in their vocabulary learning and show a willingness to get to grips with the grammar behind the language.

How will students learn at this level?

  • Learning and recycling new vocabulary and structures.
  • Listening carefully in order to improve pronunciation.
  • Participating in class speaking activities.
  • Taking part in classroom games.
  • Using language websites to support your learning.

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

You will have regular end of unit assessments. We will normally assess two skills at a time, e.g. listening and writing or speaking and reading.

When do key assessments take place?

In Year 10, students are assessed internally at the end of each unit and during the Summer exam period.

In Year 11, students will sit their mock speaking exams in December followed by their listening, reading and writing exams in January.

Final exams take place from the end of April of Year 11, beginning with the speaking exams.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Your parents / carers can help you to learn vocabulary and test you on it on a regular basis.

Allowing you to put post-it notes around your room to help you memorise key vocabulary and structures would also help, as would access to a computer or phone so that you can use online resources, such as Quizlet and Activelearn.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

No specific equipment is necessary.

How does this subject link to other subjects?

There are many cross-curricular links within languages. In your lessons, you will deepen your understanding of different cultures through learning about the history, geography and religious context of the countries whose language you are studying as well as the art, music and film which has come from those countries. You will also learn about traditional food and may be able to try some!

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?





Please ask your teacher for help with logins and passwords, where necessary.

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

Where possible, we organise trips abroad. In the past, students have been to: Brittany, Madrid, Cologne and Paris.

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

A language can be very useful in many different areas in the world of work as communication skills are prized in all careers. Linguists have highly transferable skills which are in demand in the workplace.

See the following link for ideas of where a language degree could take you: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/modern-languages

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?



How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

  • Broad and Balanced:

    We cover a wide range of topic areas to enable students to communicate in the target language in a variety of different situations.

    We also develop our understanding of other areas of the curriculum, such as art, music, food tech, geography, history and philosophy, religion and ethics through learning about these aspects of life in the countries where the language is spoken. 

  • Meeting the needs of all students:

    Our lessons are well-differentiated to ensure access for all resources are used effectively to support and challenge students. Teaching assistants are also deployed to work with students, where appropriate. Examinations are tiered so that they are accessible for all students.

  • Traditional Core Skills:

    Literacy skills are key to language learning and we develop these in our lessons when discussing grammar and language structure as well as reading and writing skills.

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

  • Creativity:

    We encourage students to be creative in their use of the language. This could be through writing a poem, creating a comic strip or poster or producing a short video.

  • Critical Thinking:

    We encourage students to consider cultural differences thoughtfully and to form, express and justify their opinions on a range of issues.

  • Practice, Perseverance and Resilience:

    Some of the best learning happens when we make mistakes or encounter obstacles. We encourage determination in our students to keep going in the face of these challenges and to explore different ways of learning and resources to support them. We encourage students to learn vocabulary and structures using all of the tools available to them and to get into a regular habit of learning language.

  • Making Links:

    In lessons, we draw on students’ knowledge and understanding from other subjects to enrich their language learning.

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

  • Enrichment / Cultural Capital:

    Students will gain a greater understanding of different cultures and learn to comment on differences and similarities when related to their own experiences in an informed way.

  • Substance / Deep Learning:

    Language is presented and revisited in different contexts so that it is embedded. Consistent use is also made of retrieval practice to deepen understanding.

  • OPEN and inclusive:

    We promote inclusivity in our lessons by ensuring all students can access and relate to the curriculum.