French at Michaela

French at Michaela

The French curriculum has been designed to give our pupils the best possible chance of becoming confident language-learners. In Year 7, we focus heavily on phonics so that pupils feel able to read aloud and tackle new words. We also embed all structures necessary for the GCSE from Year 7 across the ability range. This means that these is no cramming when it comes to Year 11 as pupils have been familiar with past, present, future, opinions and subjunctive right from the beginning of their Michaela journey. In KS3, pupils develop an excellent foundation in the subject which puts them in a very strong position to take on the challenges of the GCSE.

The message to pupils is always that success is about practice and not about innate ability. Nobody is born good at languages, and you need to put the time in if you want to be successful. Parents wishing to support their children in Years 7 and 8 should make sure they complete their homework to the best of their ability, including extensions, and read French aloud with their child. As pupils move towards their GCSE, there are a range of revision guides available and pupils should ensure that they memorise all the vocabulary and key structures for the different topics. Please find a simplified version of the list of topics below from the exam specification. Pupils are examined on these topics across the four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 1: Identity and culture covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions


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