We are very lucky to have a strong team of experienced and committed teachers in the French department. The Head of department is Miss Brayle and there are seven other members of staff: Miss Davies, Mr Newton, Miss Reynolds, Mrs Foster, Mrs Peduru, Mrs Tappe-Nakata, and Mr Winstanley. Our classrooms are all equipped with interactive white boards and we have two additional rooms for speaking practices.
Our results at A level have traditionally been above national average, with 75% of our students achieving A*-B in summer 2017. Our smaller class sizes enable us to tailor the teaching to individual students’ needs and offer additional support, particularly with regard to speaking practices. In year 12 our students can take part in an exchange programme in Brittany. The examination board that we follow is AQA.
French continue to be a popular option amongst our students. We follow the AQA examination board and use the STUDIO textbook from yr9. Regular assessments are in line with the new GCSE requirements and there is a strong support programme in place for yr11.
By the end of Foundation students are expected to know vocabulary from a wide variety of topics such as free time activities, local area, school life, and family and friends. Students will learn how to form the past, present and futures tenses as well as modal verbs, time phrases and opinion phrases. We favour a communicative approach and classroom language and pair work activities are regular features of our lessons.
School trips to France are traditionally offered in yr8.
Homework is set once a week at foundation and KS4 levels and every lesson at KS5. This can involve writing tasks, grammar exercises, vocabulary learning or research. Regular vocabulary tests take place every half term, as well as summative assessments covering a range of skills.
There is a google classroom set up for every year group in French. These include useful revision links, vocabulary lists and other resources. One to one practices are offered to KS5 and KS4 students.
In addition we recommend the following websites for extra vocabulary practice:
https://www.linguascope.com/ (username: maiden; password: paris)