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Intent of Curriculum

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries and enable them to communicate with people from other countries, whilst working in this country. The study of a modern foreign language at GCSE should also broaden students’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world.

Implementation of Curriculum

In French the curriculum is designed to ensure that all students are equipped with an effective bank of language learning tools and skills for current study and future life. At KS3, we have an aspirational and exciting curriculum which promotes a curiosity around languages and supports students in becoming successful language learners. Students have the opportunity to develop and refine their listening, reading, writing, speaking, translation and core grammar skills. Authentic target language resources are employed to engage students and give students access to the Francophone world. Active learning strategies are an integral part of the quality-first teaching that takes place. During year 7, students are encouraged and supported in developing their spoken skills with a focus on the natural acquisition of language. As students move into KS4, they follow a progression model which builds on the skills they have developed at KS3. Students will advance and perfect their skills through the medium of challenging and thought-provoking subject content. Students at all key stages will be enthused to learn languages by the variety of opportunities on offer to language students: Language Ambassadors, KS3 restaurant trips, year 9 Paris trip, year 10 French exchange, university language taster days, language club, university language mentors and native French speakers.

Impact of Curriculum

KS3

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

KS4

  • develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy
  • express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently
  • listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed
  • deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary in order for them to increase their independent use and understanding of extended language in a wide range of contexts
  • acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking through the ability to understand and respond to a rich range of authentic spoken and written material, adapted and abridged, as appropriate, including literary texts
  • develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where the language is spoken
  • be encouraged to make appropriate links to other areas of the curriculum to enable bilingual and deeper learning, where the language may become a medium for constructing and applying knowledge
  • develop language learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare them for further language study and use in school, higher education or in employment
  • develop language strategies, including repair strategies.

French at KS3

At Babington we have developed a KS3 curriculum in French to reflect the structure of the new GCSE as well as the high aspirations that we have of our students.

Students begin year 7 immersed in the Francophone world, with exposure to authentic resources from France and Canada, which they study in their first module: Les Stars de YouTube. Students are encouraged to develop their spontaneous speaking ability and become confident language users.

By the end of KS3, we expect students to have the skills, knowledge and understanding to not only be successful at GCSE, but to be successful in a world full of language. We believe our KS3 curriculum will provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping students to study and work in other countries. It is also our goal that all students, whether they pursue further languages study or not, develop a love and curiosity for languages.

Students are set fortnightly homework in French. This is always purposeful and allows students to consolidate their recent learning or explore their learning in a student-focused and meaningful manner. Homework club is available twice a week for KS3 students.

 
GCSE French

At Babington, we believe that studying languages is an important part of your child’s education and understand the value that studying languages to GCSE can have on your child’s development, both academically and personally.

We offer the AQA specification for GCSE French as we trust that it offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their language ability in a realistic and challenging format.

At Babington, we believe that students studying a language at GCSE should have the opportunity to develop their language skills in a real life situation. We currently take year 9 to Paris in March. This year we will be taking year 10 on our first French exchange to a school on the Belgium border. We also offer conferences through Keynote as well as language and engineering days out with the RAF. 

Students are set weekly homework in French, which is purposeful and based upon the needs of your child. KS4 students are encouraged to develop their listening skills at home, for which they are provided listening logs, with access to a multitude of exciting and engaging authentic resources, as well as access to thisislanguage.com. 

Extra-curricular opportunities

Year 9 and 10 students are given the opportunity to be Language Ambassadors. The role of these students is to support the French team in promoting a love and curiosity around languages, within the school and wider community. Their job role includes running homework club for KS3, talking positively about languages, preparing learning materials for lessons, promoting languages within the school and local primary schools, organising language events and supporting on trips and visits to universities.