KS4 Modern Foreign Language

At Wennington Hall we believe languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfillment. Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

Learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They explore the similarities and differences between other languages and English and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways. The development of communication skills, together with understanding of the structure of language, lay the foundations for future study of other languages and support the development of literacy skills in a pupil’s own language.

French is taught at WHS throughout Years 7, 8 and 9. Pupils develop their language knowledge and skills across 3 main thematic areas which are addressed in the AQA suggested programme of study. They are:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

At the end of Year 9 pupils can choose to continue to study French to GCSE level.
In lessons pupils are encouraged to use the target language in the classroom to foster a motivational sense of language ownership, to develop oral fluency and to discretely introduce high frequency vocabulary, sentence structure and different tenses. Explicit teaching, explanations, clarifications, target setting and feedback are given in English and pupils use English when discussing their learning.

Year 7 and 8
In Year 7 pupils follow a tailor made topic-based programme of study which aims to provide a solid knowledge base of key vocabulary and grammatical structures, as well as oral competency and language learning skills.
They learn:

  • How to use French in the classroom to make simple requests and offers.
  • How to give and understand basic personal information and essential vocabulary for counting, giving dates, ages, times and simple descriptions.
  • How to talk about themselves, their brothers, sisters and any family pets
  • How to order food and drink in a café.
  • How to talk about their daily routine and the things they like doing in their free-time.
  • How to talk about their food and drink preferences and compare food eaten in different countries. They discuss what makes food healthy or unhealthy.
  • How to talk about their homes and the local area they live in.
  • They find out about social customs and culture in France and the French speaking world and have a go at French cooking in the school vocational centre.

Pupils’ progress is assessed discretely and informally via ongoing formative assessments such as quizzes, games, shared marking and target setting. More formal, end of unit teacher-devised tests in the 4 skill areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing are carried out at the end of each half-term. Pupils also learn how to revise for these tests.

Years 9, 10 and 11

Across Years 9, 10 and 11 pupils undertake an 14 unit programme of study designed to prepare them for the broad range of topics they will need to cover in order to successfully undertake GCSE French at the end of Year 11.
The topics studied are:

Year 9
– Relationships
– Home town
– Sport
– Hobbies
– School life- routines and lessons

Year 10
– Weather and shopping for clothes
– Past holidays
– School life – rules and dreams
– Healthy lifestyles
– What I do for the environment

Year 11
– Technology and social media
– Social issues
– Work and future plans
– Dream holiday

Pupils’ progress is again assessed discretely and informally via ongoing formative assessments such as quizzes, games, shared marking and target setting. More formal, summative tests in the 4 skill areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing are also carried out at the end of each half-term. Revision and assessment materials used are AQA 2014 Foundation Certificate of Education (FCSE) resources as well as old and new GCSE past papers.

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