Michaela Community School | French at Michaela
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French at Michaela

French at Michaela

This overview gives an indication of the core content of Year 7 and beyond. Parents wishing to help their child should focus very explicitly on the patterns commonly found in the French language. Our approach is heavily phonics-based. We repeatedly focus upon the common letter combinations in French, for example: au, ai, eu, ou, in, im, ille, re.

This focus helps pupils to quickly master correct pronunciation and accurate spelling. The message is squarely: There’s no such thing as an entirely new word. We habitually look for links between words we already know and new words. We habitually look for links with English. We adopt a letter by letter approach. We check every letter to ensure absolute spoken and written accuracy.

Parents wishing to help their children should encourage them to write out key words or structures repeatedly, and each time these structures are written reference should be made to the original source material and all typical high frequency French letter combinations should be underlined so the repetitive nature, and therefore, highly accessible nature of the language, embeds.

Our approach is focused upon grammar structures that encompass past, reasons, opinions, future and subjunctive references from the earliest stages of language study. This approach allows pupils to build a lot of flexibility into their use of language from an early stage.

The message to pupils is always – success is about practice it is not about innate ability. Nobody is born “good at languages”. You practise, you improve, the more you practise, the more you improve. You avoid practise, you inevitably fall behind. At first things can seem confusing and when success isn’t instant we can tell ourselves that we are incapable of mastering a subject. These thoughts are the enemy. When confused or a little fuzzy – ask! Teachers can show you the patterns, the memory aids, the habits of excellent linguists and being excellent, in any sphere, is simply a set of habits consistently applied.

These are the messages we need families to reiterate and develop when talking to their children and helping them to revise.

Should families wish to buy their children English/French dictionaries we would always encourage parents to read through the dictionary with their children and to focus upon the way the same letters combinations reappear again and again.

 Year 7 French

Theme 1: TOWN & COUNTRY

  • mnemonic countries
  • mnemonic nationalities
  • top 10 buildings
  • top 10 shops
  • immediate family

Grammar

  • I would like to live…
  • Conditional 1st
  • I like living…
  • opinions
  • I used to live…
  • Imperfect 1st
  • I am going to live…
  • Future with aller 1st
  • Opposite & gender
  • next to & gender
  • although I am…plus nationalities
  • 1st subjunctive
  • gender
  • phonics
  • pronunciation
  • profs: past/reasons/opinions/future/subjunctive

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word

Theme 2: HOBBIES

  • hobbies with faire/jouer/aller/watch/listen/visit

Grammar

  • I would like…
  • Conditional with vouloir 1st
  • I like…I don’t like
  • Opinions &Negatives
  • I used to…
  • Imperfect with faire/aller/jouer
  • 1st focus
  • I am going to…
  • Future 1st focus
  • although I am…
  • 1stSing être subjunctive
  • gender
  • pronunciation
  • profs:past/reasons/opinions/future/subjunctive
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word

Theme 3: FAMILY PT.1

  • family members
  • adjectives of character
  • although s/he is…
  • extend hobbies with faire/jouer/aller/watch/listen/visit

Grammar

  • être
  • s’appeler
  • s/he would like…
  • s/he likes…
  • s/he used to…
  • s/he is going to…
  • although s/he is…
  • pronunciation
  • profs:past/reasons/opinions/future/subjunctive
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word

Theme 4: NUMBERS & DATES

  • 1 – 100
  • Months
  • Days
  • Ages
  • Hier
  • Aujourd’hui
  • Demain
  • La semaine prochaine
  • La semaine dernière
  • Recycle hobbies
  • Recycle venues

Grammar

  • J’ai…ans
  • Il a…ans
  • J’ai reçu
  • On m’a offert
  • Il faut que j’aille…
  • Il faut que je fasse…
  • Il faut que je parte…
  • Il est rare que je fasse…
  • Il est rare que je sorte…
  • Recycle PROFS
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word

 Year 8 French 

Theme 5: FAMILY PT.2

  • hair & eyes
  • adjectives of appearance
  • family members
  • although s/he is…
  • hobbies with faire/jouer/aller/watch/listen/visit

Grammar

  • avoir
  • 1st/3rdpers sing focus
  • s/he would like…
  • s/he likes…
  • s/he used to…
  • s/he is going to…
  • although s/he is…
  • pronunciation
  • profs:past/reasons/opinions/future/subjunctive
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word

Theme 6: WEATHER

  • weather
  • seasons
  • last weekend
  • next weekend
  • recycle hobbies
  • recycle countries

Grammar

  • Quand il fait beau etc
  • Opinions
  • S’il fait beau…
  • Future with aller
  • J’irai…
  • Il est rare que…
  • Recycle PROFS
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word

Theme 7: HOUSE & HOME

  • style of house
  • rooms
  • activities
  • recycle hobbies
  • recycle family

Grammar

  • en écoutant de la musique
  • en regardant la télé
  • en faisant mes devoirs
  • il faut que je fasse…
  • il faut que je prenne…
  • il faut que je sorte…
  • Recycle PROFS
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word

Theme 8: HOLIDAYS

  • revisit countries
  • revisit nationalities
  • extend hobbies
  • revisit weather
  • focus on France
  • revisit family

Grammar

  • l’année dernière
  • l’année prochaine
  • je voudrais
  • il voudrait
  • ils voudraient
  • opinions
  • reasons
  • Recycle PROFS
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word

Theme 9: SHOPPING & RESTAURANTS

  • revisit and extend shops
  • shop dialogue
  • food
  • restaurants
  • menus
  • revisit numbers
  • currency
  • vous & tu
  • Pronunciation & written word focus

Grammar

  • J’ai acheté…
  • Je vais acheter…
  • Si j’avais de l’argent j’acheterais
  • Je voudrais..
  • Je cherche…
  • Avez-vous…
  • Est-ce que vous avez…
  • Vous désirez…
  • Et avec ça ?
  • Ça marche !
  • Recycle PROFS
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word
  • Assessment feedback

 Year 9 French 

Theme 10: ILLNESS

  • Illness
  • Parts of the body
  • Chez le pharmacien
  • vous & tu
  • Pronunciation & written word focus

Grammar

  • J’ai mal…gender
  • Je voudrais..
  • Je cherche…
  • Excusez-moi…
  • Où se trouve…
  • Je me demandais si…
  • Est-ce que vous savez…
  • Il faut…
  • Il faut qu’on aille…
  • Recycle PROFS
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word
  • Mid-point Assessment

Theme 11: FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

  • Revisit & extend family
  • Parents
  • Brothers & Sisters
  • Family feuds
  • Characteristics extended
  • Appearance revisited
  • Hobbies revisited

Grammar

  • Idioms & Proverbs
  • Insults
  • Popular language
  • Describing range of people
  • Transferring across topics
  • Pour tout te dire..
  • Pour ne rien te cacher…
  • Si tu veux tout savoir…
  • Franchement…
  • Et je reste poli…
  • C’est le moins qu’on puisse dire..
  • Il est normal que…
  • Il est rare que…
  • Il faut que…
  • Recycle PROFS
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word
  • Assessment Feedback

Theme 12: SCHOOL

  • school subjects
  • teachers
  • likes/dislikes
  • reasons
  • opinions
  • subjunctive
  • proverbs
  • recycle adjectives

Grammar

  • mnemonics
  • être
  • although s/he is…
  • it is normal that…
  • il faut que…
  • je ne pense pas…
  • je veux que…
  • pronunciation
  • profs:past/reasons/opinions/future/subjunctive
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word

Theme 13: THE ENVIRONMENT

  • global environmental issues
  • routine solutions e.g. recycling
  • revisit house and home
  • opinions and reasons
  • subjunctive

Grammar

  • il faut que je fasse
  • il est rare qu’on fasse
  • la chose dont tout le monde parle
  • il y a + beaucoup, trop, plus de, moins de
  • s’inquièter
  • profs:past/reasons/opinions/future/subjunctive
  • Top Magic 10 structures
  • Top 10 with faire
  • Top 10 with jouer
  • Top 10 with aller

Core Activities

  • dual language texts
  • translation at word level
  • translation at sentence level
  • extended reading
  • analysis of phonics
  • analysis of structures
  • focus on range
  • focus on PIE: proverbs, idioms and expressions
  • focus on PROFS: past, reasons, opinions, future, subjunctive
  • focus on written and spoken accuracy
  • focus on literal translation
  • focus on linking the written & the spoken word
  • focus on linking French to other languages
  • focus on memorisation
  • focus on close reading and attention to detail

Assessment

  • weekly mastery tests
  • weekly spelling tests
  • translations recycling core grammar structures
  • oral activities linking the spoken and written word

KS4 French

All pupils who take French in KS3 will take a French GCSE. We follow the curriculum for the AQA Exam Board.

Year 10

Identity and Culture (i):

Personal descriptions, family relationships, lifestyle, hobbies, technology

Local, national, international and global areas of interest (i):

Home and town, local area, weather and local activities, holidays, food and shopping

 

Current and future study and employment (i):

School life, school in France, healthy lifestyle,

 

Year 11

Identity and Culture (ii):

Daily routine, special occasions, family celebrations and festivals/traditions

Local, national, international and global areas of interest (ii):

Environment, volunteering, ethical consumerism/tourism

Current and future study and employment (ii):

Career choices, life after school

If you would like to find out more about the French curriculum, please email info@mcsbrent.co.uk