Subject Leader: Mrs Amy Coates
What are we studying?
We follow the course “Expo” which consists of a pupil book and audio- CDs. Students develop skills in understanding written and spoken French and in actively using the language to speak and write. They develop language learning techniques, which will aid them in learning across the curriculum and with future languages. Students study five or six different topic areas and each topic covers a wide range of vocabulary and several elements of grammar.
Students in set 5 are not expected to continue with French at GCSE level, (but are welcome to if they would like.) Therefore, in order to receive recognised accreditation for their knowledge of French, they undertake the AQA Foundation Certificate of Secondary Education. FCSE students will study six different topics. They must produce a portfolio of their work and complete assessments in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills-their best three assessments for each skill are submitted to the exam board at the end of the year.
How are we assessed?
How are we grouped?
Students are first group by English and divided between the two sides of the Year, left and right. Using both Key Stage 2 data and assessment results from Years 7 and 8, they are then set into three French groups on the left side, sets 1, 2 and 3, and two on the right, sets 4 and 5. Students in set 6 for English do not study a foreign language and receive additional literacy support. If it becomes clear that a student is in the wrong set for their ability during the year, this may be adjusted. At the end of the year students may move a set depending on assessment outcomes.
What homework are we expected to do?
Students need to learn vocabulary and spellings on a weekly basis. If spelling/vocabulary homework is not set they can choose ten words or an item of grammar that they found challenging to work on. They are also set homework activities consisting of reading or writing tasks, which must be completed in their dark green Assessment For Learning books. Students do not normally receive more than one homework task per week, in addition to vocabulary learning. At the end of each topic, students need to learn and revise thoroughly for the end of topic assessments.
What can parents do to help?
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