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French

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.

Flora Lewis, American Journalist 1918-2002

Learning a foreign language not only reveals how other societies think and feel, what they have experienced and value, and how they express themselves, it also provides a cultural mirror in which we can more clearly see our own society.

Chancellor Edward Lee Gorsuch, University of Alaska

Overview

Why learn a Foreign Language? We teach French at Upper Batley High School and our aim is to support and help learners develop their use of the Foreign Language in the classroom and beyond. We are a team of dedicated staff willing to instil the love of languages in our learners’ minds and hearts. We thrive in the quality of our teaching and the engaging lessons for our learners. The classrooms are equipped with Interactive White Boards and the school subscribes to a number of online educational sites offering an inclusive and varied learning environment. In French, we make sure learners are happy, safe, engaged and learn new things about the world whilst experimenting with new vocabulary, ideas and activities.

Outline of Course Content

Year 7 topics include :-

  • Unit 1 – C’est parti (numbers / alphabet / months / days / personal details / colours)
  • Unit 2 – Ma Famille (family details / pets / appearance / personality / describing others)
  • Unit 3 Chez Moi (where I live / opinions / houses / rooms / bedroom furniture / prepositions)
  • Unit 4 On va en ville (town description / buildings / asking the way / café ordering)

Year 8 topics include :-

  • Unit 1 – Sports et Loisirs (sports / hobbies / opinions / details of sports / Past and Future tense)
  • Unit 2 – Au college (subjects / teachers / school details / school day / jobs / future plans)
  • Unit 3 – Come Dine with Me (food / fruit / vegetables / quantities / opinions / shopping)

GCSE Course (Y9 – 11)

Over 3 years, learners will study a number of topics across the following 3 themes :-

1) Identity and Culture

a) Me, My Family and Friends

  •  Relationships with family and Friends
  •  Marriage and Partnerships

b) Technology in Everyday Life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

c) Free-time Activities

  • Music
  • Cinema / TV
  • Food and Eating out
  • Sports and Hobbies

2) Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest

a) Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region

  • Buildings / facilities in your area
  • Type of area and opinions of your area

b) Social Issues

  • Charity / Voluntary Work
  • Healthy / Unhealthy living + Lifestyles

c) Global Issues

  • Environment
  • Poverty, Homelessness

d) Travel and Tourism

  • Holidays habits
  • Holidays in the Past, future holidays
  • Travelling and Eating Abroad

3) Current and Future Study and Employment

a) My studies

  • Subjects, Opinions, timetable

b) Life at school / college

  • Timetable / Daily routine
  • School Description / Rules

c) Education Post-16

  • College Life / Stresses / Lifetyle

d) Jobs, Career Choices, Ambitions

  • Future job plans
  • Future Ambitions / Life Choices 

AQA is our chosen exam board.

GCSE: One Reading and one Listening exam at the end of Year 11, totalling 25% of the total mark as well as sitting a Writing exam and before all of these a Speaking exam. Pupils will be entered at either Higher Tier (access to grades 9-4) or at Foundation Tier (access to grades 5-1) according to their ability. 

Extracurricular and Enrichment Opportunities

We hold a French club after school on Mondays where learners can experience lesson content in a more light-hearted and relaxed manner as well as sampling some of the culinary delights of French cuisine. 

At the end of Y7, classes get to experience an authentic French café environment, with learners taking on the roles of waiters and customers, being able to order their food and drink from their fellow learners. 

In addition, we deliver master classes after school for our Y11 students in order to support and reinforce their learning supplementing the content and skills covered in timetabled lessons.

Resources to support learning

Learners are provided with vocabulary booklets, French phonics sheets in their books, revision guides and dictionaries (available at GCSE level at discounted rates), Conversation booklets, Role-Play booklets (GCSE level).

In addition, the French department will be providing access to app and online-based vocabulary learning tools with the current GCSE cohorts.