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Curriculum Map 

KS3 

Subject: 

Y7 Content 

Y7 Key Assessment 

Y8 Content 

Y8 Key Assessment 

Y9 Content 

Y9 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Topic title 

Introduction/ 

Greetings  

Family/ Friends/ Pets/ Personal Information 

Formative Task: 

Introduction to French 

Family vocabulary 

Possessive pronouns 

Reflexive verbs 

Present tense verbs 

Adjectives  

Intensifiers  

Summative Unit Test: Reading/writing 

Topic title 

Holidays/ 

Travel and Tourism  

Formative Task: 

Identification of 3 tenses 

Prepositions  

Range of vocabulary 

Weather terms 

Time-phrases 

Range of verbs 

Summative Unit Test: 

Reading/ translation 

Topic title 

Music/ 

Modern Technology 

Formative Task: 

Uses/ disadvantages of different types of technologies 

Opinions on genres of music/books 

Summative Unit Test: 

Speaking and listening 

Autumn 2 

Topic title 

School subjects/  

Describing teachers/ 

School routine  

Formative Task: 

Sentence building 

Adjective agreement 

Opinions and reasons 

Genders 

French Culture  

Summative Unit Test: 

Listening/ Translation 

Topic title 

Free-time activities/ 

sport 

Formative Task: 

Wide range of verbs 

Time-phrases 

Application of three tenses 

Complex opinions 

Intensifiers  

Connectives  

Summative Unit Test: 

Writing/ 

Speaking 

Topic title 

Free time activities/ Health and lifestyle 

Formative Task: 

Healthy / unhealthy lifestyles 

Social issues 

Range of tenses 

Summative Unit Test: 

Writing and Listening 

Spring 1 

Topic title 

Food and drink/ 

Café conversation 

Formative Task: 

Food vocabulary 

Articles 

Quantifiers  

Opinions and reasons 

Role-plays 

Question forms 

Summative Unit Test: 

Speaking/ listening 

Topic title 

Town/ Environment 

Formative Task: 

Key core language 

Adjectives 

Prepositions/directions 

Imperfect tense 

Summative Unit Test: 

Listening/ 

reading 

Topic title 

Festivals 

Formative Task: 

Listening passages/ reading articles  

Combining tenses 

Summative Unit Test:  

Reading and writing 

Spring 2 

Topic title 

Future plans/ making arrangements/ 

Time 

Formative Task: 

Numbers 

Time-phrases 

Connectives  

Infinitives  

Near future tense 

Question forms 

Summative Unit Test:  

Listening/ Writing 

Topic title 

Translation strategies/ Grammar overview 

Formative Task: 

Consolidation of all key vocabulary covered so far 

Grammar (all main grammar items including 4 tenses) 

Summative Unit Test: 

Translation 

Topic title 

TV/Cinema 

Formative Task: 

Uses/ disadvantages of different types of technologies 

Summative Unit Test: 

Speaking and listening 

Summer 1 

Topic title 

House and Home/ 

Ideal house 

Formative Task: 

Articles/ genders  

Adjective agreement  

Prepositions 

Conditional tense  

Summative Unit Test: 

Writing/Reading/Translation 

Topic title 

Reservations/Hotel/ train station 

Formative Task: 

Role-play language 

Question forms/ Pronunciation focus 

Accuracy of tenses 

Speaking skills 

Summative Unit Test: 

Speaking 

Topic title 

Family and relationships 

Formative Task:  

Picture descriptions Translations Bullet pointed writing  Extended descriptions Opinions on family/ friends/ marriage Summative Unit Test: Writing and Listening 

Summer 2 

Topic title 

Clothes and colours/ 

Consolidation  

Formative Task: 

Clothes vocabulary 

Adjective agreement 

Complex opinions 

Intensifiers  

Connectives  

Frequency phrases 

Question forms 

French culture – school uniforms 

Summative Unit Test: Reading/ 

writing 

Topic title 

Francophone project 

Formative Task: 

Cultural research 

Complex opinions and reasons 

Imperative 

Group collaboration  

  

Summative Unit Test: 

Writing/ creating a brochure  

Topic title 

Theme 1 Consolidation 

Formative Task: 

Practise exam skills and techniques 

Summative Unit Test: 

  All skills 

KS4 

Course: 

Y10 Content 

Y10 Key Assessment 

Y11 Content 

Y11 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Topic title 

Family/ Friendships/ 

Relationships 

Formative Task: 

Picture descriptions 

Translations 

Bullet pointed writing 

Extended descriptions 

Opinions on family/ friends/ marriage 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

Work and Education 

Formative Task: 

Extended opinions and information on school, post 16 and future plans 

   

Discuss daily school life and rules 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Autumn 2 

Topic title 

Healthy/ unhealthy lifestyles 

Formative Task: 

Analyse Healthy / unhealthy lifestyles 

Ordering at a restaurant  

Social issues surround health  

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

Customs and festivals 

Formative Task: 

Cultural texts/ passages 

Picture description 

Writing/ speaking tasks 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Spring 1 

Topic title 

Free time  Activities/ Media / Technology 

Formative Task: 

Listening passages/ reading articles  

Combining tenses 

Describing a film/ TV programme 

Uses/ disadvantages of different types of technologies 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

  Global issues 

Formative Task: 

Environmental problems and solutions 

Eco friendly solutions in the home and local area 

Weather 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Spring 2 

Topic title 

Local area 

Formative Task: 

Extended descriptions of home and town  

Discuss opportunities for different age groups in the area 

Advantages/ disadvantages of the locality 

Ideal places to live 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

Social Issues 

Formative Task: 

Poverty/ homelessness/ unemployment. 

Charity/ voluntary work 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Summer 1 

Topic title 

Travel and Tourism 

Formative Task: 

Plans, preferences and experiences of travel 

Weather 

Transport options 

Making reservations/ buying tickets 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

Exam Practice in all areas and revision of all themes 

Formative Task: 

Summative Unit Test: 

Summer 2 

Topic title 

Consolidation of Themes 1+2 

Formative Task: 

Exam practice and drilling of all techniques in 4 skill areas 

Summative Unit Test: 

Exam questions in all 4 skills 

Topic title 

Formative Task: 

Summative Unit Test: 

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series. 

Summary of Assessment1: Speaking 

Oral test: 7-9 minutes (Foundation tier) 

Skill Assessed 

Weighting 

Task 

Duration 

Marks 

Unit 1: Listening 

25% 

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally 

  • Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally 

No dictionaries. 

  • 35 mins (F) 

  • 45 mins (H) 

  40 Marks (F) 

50 Marks (H) 

         

Unit 2: Speaking 

25% 

  1. Role Play 

  1. Photo card discussion 

  1. Conversation 

No dictionaries. 

  • 12 mins preparation 

  • 7-9 mins (F) 

  • 10-12 mins (H) 

60 marks 

         

Unit 3: Reading 

25% 

Reading tasks with non-verbal and written responses, including one translation task from French into English 

No dictionaries. 

  • 45 Mins (F) 

  • 60 Mins (H) 

60 marks 

         

Unit 4: Writing 

25% 

 3-4 Writing tasks including one translation task from English into French 

No dictionaries. 

  • 1 hr (F) 

  • 1 hr 15 (H) 

50 marks (F) 

60 Marks (H) 

GCSE French 

Head of Department/Faculty: Mrs S Casey 

Email: S.Casey@barnwell.herts.sch.uk 

The GCSE French course aims to develop students’ ability to understand spoken and written language in a range of contexts.  It will enable students to communicate in French using a range of vocabulary and develop their understanding of French grammar.  Students will improve their key skills, e.g. communication, working with others, problem-solving and improve their own learning and confidence.  By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of everyday situations required for a visit to a French speaking country.  Students will have a sound base for further study, work and leisure. 

What does the course involve? 

  • Students will study all of the following themes on which the assessments will be based: 

  • Theme 1: Identity and Culture (family, relationships, freetime activities and technology) 

  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest (home, town, environment, travel and tourism) 

  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment 

Students will: 

  • Listen to recordings of French speakers 

  • Understand and cope with a wider range of vocabulary, including some unfamiliar language 

  • Understand and discuss issues and opinions 

  • Be able to understand authentic French materials such as hotel brochures, travel information, e-mails and short literary based texts 

  • Write descriptions, accounts and narratives 

  • Develop translation skills 

How will I be assessed? 

Students are assessed in the four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing. These are tiered as Foundation (Grades 1-5) and Higher (Grades 4-9).  

Students must take all 4 skills at the same tier (either Foundation OR Higher) and each component is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.  

  • Paper 1 Listening Exam - 35 minutes (Foundation) or 45 minutes (Higher) 

  • Paper 2 Speaking Assessment - 7-9 minutes (Foundation) or 10-12 minutes (Higher) 

  • Paper 3 Reading Exam - 45 minutes (Foundation) or 60 minutes (Higher) 

  • Paper 4 Writing Exam - 60 minutes (Foundation) or 75 minutes (Higher) 

  

What are my progression routes? 

A foreign language can give you a skill for life which could be relevant in any number of professions. An increasing number of Universities are expecting students to have a GCSE in languages to follow degree courses. In order to give you the maximum opportunities Post-16 or in employment, you are advised that knowledge of a modern foreign language is very highly regarded. 

Useful websites and Apps: 

  • Grammar Revision:  

  • TV channels:  

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Jay Peak 2019
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