Year 8 French

Curriculum Intents

At Philip Morant School and College, we aspire to expose our students to an ambitious Modern Languages curriculum with coherently planned and sequenced lessons, adapted and designed for all pupils. It is rich in skills and knowledge, develops curiosity and promotes diversity and tolerance of other cultures.

Why

We challenge our students to think, act and speak like those working in the field would with the aim to create the very best linguists. Our framework introduces them to a wide range of knowledge which goes beyond their own cultural experiences and sets them up as intercultural citizens. We do this by teaching language contextually within topic areas using target language to model and encourage students to communicate in the foreign language.

How

Students start in Year 7 with either French or Spanish and work through to Year 11 with that language gaining systematic knowledge of key vocabulary and structures, grammar and phonics of the language. Our curriculum gives students the opportunity to use language skills receptively and productively, for communication in the real world, for practical purposes and for their immediate needs and interests.

The Modern Foreign Languages curriculum allows students to maximise their attainment by providing opportunities to master the four skill areas of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking to ensure they are fully prepared for the demands of the GCSE course.

Autumn Term 1

My Holidays

Grammar

Students will gain knowledge on the school holidays in France and how to express what they did on a previous holiday. They will also be able to use the perfect tense to describe a recent holiday. They will also take part in an interview about their holidays and use multiple verbs into the past tense. Students will be able to research other countries and what they can when they visited that country.

Dialectic

Students progress in their understanding of the key verbs (avoir & etre) in French and using them to write and understand the perfect (past) tense to improve their writing and speaking work. Students are given the chance to manipulate both regular -er verbs and common irregular verbs in order to express and understand language in another tense. Students can also use online resources such as Active Learn and Seneca as well as audio texts in lessons in order to develop their listening skills. They read aloud longer more complex texts and transcribe dictions into the target language.

Rhetoric

Students are given opportunity to work on pronunciation by conducting pair and group speaking. They will write longer texts and read it aloud. Students will use online resources to improve their listening and reading skills. They will be assessed by conducting Writing mid-term test and a Listening assessment at the end of the Unit.

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In this topic, students will learn about their holidays and a recent holiday that they have been on. They will learn how to use verbs in the past tense and express their opinions in both the present and the past tense. They will be able to understand both regular and irregular verbs in the past tense and identify negative sentences in their work. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to partake in an interview about their holidays by asking and answering questions. From a grammatical point of view, students will learn the perfect tense, which expresses a past event such as a holiday or a visit somewhere else for regular -er verbs such as “visiter” (to visit).

Discuss with your child a recent holiday that you have taken or would like to take to France or a French speaking area. Encourage students to learn about the wider world and what there is to visit or do in these places. Create a short diary entry for each day that you went on holiday for with one activity that you did there to promote creativity and discovery.

Creating revision resources can be a fun way of learning without even realising it. Students can make colourful and personalised flashcards to help them retain and recall important vocabulary and can be used in many games such as snap to help test each other.

Sign up to apps such as Duolingo to help encourage consistency and learning outside of the classroom as languages are easier to master through short and frequent practice. Students also have access to Active Learn and Seneca – school’s subscribed websites.

Autumn Term 2

My Town

Grammar

Students will gain knowledge on their town and the places with it as well as organising plans to go there. They will be able to express their desire or inability to go somewhere with invitations or ordering food at a restaurant or café. Students will be introduced to the idea of formal and informal speech (tu/vous) and when to use them and how to use a second tense; expressing their plans for the immediate future. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about the city of Paris and the attractions and landmarks that it has to offer.

Dialectic

Students move on to develop their understanding of tense by learning the immediate future tense and combining it with the present to improve and extend their speaking and writing work. Students are given opportunities to analyse texts for tenses and information and transcribe dictations for accuracy. Students use online resources such as Active Learn and Seneca as well as audio texts in lessons in order to develop their listening skills. They read aloud longer more complex texts.

Rhetoric

Students are given opportunity to work on pronunciation by conducting pair and group speaking. They will write longer texts and read it aloud. Students will use online resources to improve their listening and reading skills. They will be assessed by conducting Writing mid-term test and a Speaking assessment at the end of the Unit.

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In this topic, students will be learning about their town and local area. They will be able to express where they are going and whether or not they want to go out. They will be able to invite a friend somewhere and either accept or decline the invitation politely. Students will also be given the opportunity to learn how to order food at a restaurant or café and understand prices for these items in a simple transaction with a waiter or waitress. Additionally, students will be taught how to use the immediate future tense in order to express an activity or plan that has not yet happened, including an intended trip to Paris where they will also learn about the French capital and its sights. From a grammatical point of view, students will learn the key verb “aller” (to go) and how to use it to form the immediate future tense (“I am going to go…”) as well as using and understanding the difference between formal and informal speech.

Discuss with your child the places in town when you are out and about at the weekends or in your free time to try and promote a recall of the vocabulary. Look into popular French cities and towns as destinations for holidays and research what is special about them and what they have and do not have. Create a town map of your ideal town with annotated buildings to encourage creativity, design and understanding.

Creating revision resources can be a fun way of learning without even realising it. Students can make colourful and personalised flashcards to help them retain and recall important vocabulary and can be used in many games such as snap to help test each other.

Sign up to apps such as Duolingo to help encourage consistency and learning outside of the classroom as languages are easier to master through short and frequent practice. Students also have access to Active Learn and Seneca – school’s subscribed websites.

Spring Term 1

Festivals

Grammar

Students will be able to understand dates and months in French as well as learning about festivals that are global as well as specifically French, such as Bastille Day. Students will describe the their future plans for a visit at Christmas and learn more about French Christmas markets. The students will also have the opportunity to take part in a role play where they buy food at a market.

Dialectic

Students move on to develop their understanding of the present tense to describe an event in more detail. Students are able to engage in an exchange at a marketplace which improves their speaking skills. Students are able to write and understand a third tense – the immediate future tense – which is key to develop and improve their writing and speaking skills. Students can use a variety of online resources such as SenecaLearning and ActiveLearn to develop their listening skills.

Rhetoric

Students are given opportunity to work on pronunciation by conducting pair and group speaking. They will write longer texts and read it aloud. Students will use online resources to improve their listening and reading skills. They will be assessed by conducting Reading mid-term test and a Listening assessment at the end of the Unit.

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In this topic, students will learn about how to understand dates with days and months of the year as well as what festivals they like and dislike. They will gain knowledge on how to describe a festival or celebration and learn more about French traditions and celebrations. They will be able to understand longer texts about a festival and take part in a conversation at a marketplace where they are buying food for a party. Students will also learn how to use the immediate future tense which will allow them to express an activity that is happening very soon or a trip that they are going to take. From a grammatical point of view, students will learn how to write and speak in three different tenses – past, present and future – and learn the differences between “tu” (you) and “je” (I) when asking and answering questions.

Discuss with your child festivals and customs that are different between France and England and why this is important and encourage them to look into a variety of different celebrations in the French speaking world such as Bastille Day. When shopping, look for food of French origin or promote the learning of vocabulary for simple food items.

Creating revision resources can be a fun way of learning without even realising it. Students can make colourful and personalised flashcards to help them retain and recall important vocabulary and can be used in many games such as snap to help test each other.

Sign up to apps such as Duolingo to help encourage consistency and learning outside of the classroom as languages are easier to master through short and frequent practice. Students also have access to Active Learn and Seneca – school’s subscribed websites.

Spring Term 2

My Hobbies

Grammar

Students will gain knowledge on different genres of television programs and leisure activities. They will be able to tell time in the 24 hour clock and use this to arrange a time to go out with friends to the cinema. Students will also be able to express negatives and say what they do not do as well as what they do participate in. Students will learn how to ask and answer a variety of questions in a chat show setting. They will also be given the opportunity to analyse and understand texts and listening clips to identify different tenses to extract meaning and understanding.

Dialectic

Students move onto develop their ability to give their opinions through the use of adjectives. They are able to use negative constructions to express what they do not do as well as what they do which improves the complexity of their writing and speaking work. Students are also given the opportunity to form and ask questions in French which improves their speaking abilities. A range of online resources such as Seneca and Active Learn can be used to develop their listening skills as well as dictation and role plays in class.

Rhetoric

Students are given opportunity to work on pronunciation by conducting pair and group speaking. They will write longer texts and read it aloud. Students will use online resources to improve their listening and reading skills. They will be assessed by conducting Writing mid-term test and a Listening assessment at the end of the Unit.

In school...
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In this topic, students will learn about television programmes, actors and actresses and give their opinions of these. They are also able to talk about technology that they use and enjoy as well as going to the cinema. Students will be able to express the time in the 24 hour clock with larger numbers and talk about what activities they do in their free time and those they they do not do. Students will be given the opportunity to analyse texts to identify tenses and similar words to help elicit meaning. From a grammatical point of view, students will learn how to use negatives in sentences and form answers and questions by manipulating verbs and question words.

Look into watching some television programs or films in French if possible on streaming services or DVDs to help understand and promote listening skills. When looking into sports or music, discuss a French athlete or performer and learn a little more about them.

Creating revision resources can be a fun way of learning without even realising it. Students can make colourful and personalised flashcards to help them retain and recall important vocabulary and can be used in many games such as snap to help test each other.

Sign up to apps such as Duolingo to help encourage consistency and learning outside of the classroom as languages are easier to master through short and frequent practice. Students also have access to Active Learn and Seneca – school’s subscribed websites.

Summer Term 1

My Area

Grammar

Students will gain knowledge on their local area and their house. The students will be able to express what they can and cannot do in their region and what they do to help at home. Students are also able to describe the weather and the climate of their town. They will also be able to describe their daily routine and use two tenses. Students will also learn about Corsica to develop their understanding of the French speaking world.

Dialectic

Students progress in their understanding of grammar by learning how to use modal verbs “pouvoir” (to be able to) and “devoir” (to have to) followed by an infinitive verb. Students are given the opportunity to describe their daily routine and the use of reflexive verbs to add complexity to their writing, speaking and reading skills. Students read aloud and are also given several online resources such as Active Learn and Seneca as well as audio tracks in class to develop their listening skills.

Rhetoric

Students are given opportunity to work on pronunciation by conducting pair and group speaking. They will write longer texts and read it aloud. Students will use online resources to improve their listening and reading skills. They will be assessed by conducting a Speaking assessment at the end of the Unit.

In school...
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In this topic, students will learn how to express the weather and where they live. They will be able to discuss their region, they house and what they do – or don’t do – at home to help out. Students will also be able to talk about their daily routine and what they do in the morning to get ready and prepare for the day. Students will be able to identify different tenses and nouns in new and more complex text to improve their writing and reading skills and abilities. Students will have the chance to learn more about the French speaking world and countries that speak French beyond France to broaden their cultural understanding and awareness. From a grammatical point of view, students will learn how to conjugate and use reflexive verbs and the importance modal verbs of pouvoir (to be able to) and devoir (to have to) in French.

Discuss with your child about other places in the world that speak French such as Corsica or Québec. Label places in your house or design your ideal house in French to help promote learning vocabulary and creativity.

Creating revision resources can be a fun way of learning without even realising it. Students can make colourful and personalised flashcards to help them retain and recall important vocabulary and can be used in many games such as snap to help test each other.

Sign up to apps such as Duolingo to help encourage consistency and learning outside of the classroom as languages are easier to master through short and frequent practice. Students also have access to Active Learn and Seneca – school’s subscribed websites.

Summer Term 2

Sports and Health

Grammar

Students will gain knowledge on a variety of sports and how to compare them to each other. They will be able to ask for and give directions to places, especially a stadium to watch a sporting event. Students will also learn how to express illness and if they have an injury. Students will be given the opportunity to describe and understand sportspeople in past, present and future tenses.

Dialectic

Students progress to develop their ability to express their opinions by adding in comparatives, allowing them to directly compare two sports against each other. Students are also taught to use formal and informal language and how to identify when to use each form in speaking. Students are given opportunities analyse texts for tenses and information and transcribe dictations for accuracy. Students use online resources such as Active Learn and Seneca as well as audio texts in lessons in order to develop their listening skills. They read aloud longer more complex texts.

Rhetoric

Students are given opportunity to work on pronunciation by conducting pair and group speaking. They will write longer texts and read it aloud. Students will use online resources to improve their listening and reading skills. They will be assessed by conducting Writing mid-term test and a Reading assessment at the end of the Unit.

In school...
How can I support this unit at home...

In this topic, students will learn about sports in French and give their opinions of them. They will be able to express their feelings about sports and compare them against each other. Students will be able to ask for and give directions to a new place and understand the differences between formal and informal speech. Students will learn how to listen for familiar words and cognates to help boost their listening skills and confidence. Additionally, students will be introduced to the topic of illness, body parts and injuries. They will take part in conversations and role plays in a doctor’s office to help their speaking confidence and skills. From a grammatical point of view, students will learn how to use the comparative to compare two things against each other and use both “tu” and “Vous” to differentiate between informal and formal speech. They will also be able to consolidate all of their learning together to use multiple tenses together with more confidence in their writing and speaking work.

Look into watching some sports, promote the idea of looking into French teams or athletes that students can learn a little more about. Ask your child to give directions when out in the town to practice their speaking and confidence.

Creating revision resources can be a fun way of learning without even realising it. Students can make colourful and personalised flashcards to help them retain and recall important vocabulary and can be used in many games such as snap to help test each other.

Sign up to apps such as Duolingo to help encourage consistency and learning outside of the classroom as languages are easier to master through short and frequent practice. Students also have access to Active Learn and Seneca – school’s subscribed websites.

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