French at Bedale High School
Apart from the fact that languages are fun, active, challenging and valuable for your future, there are good reasons for studying them:
At KS3 all students study either French or German in Year 7 and Year 8. The curriculum is supported by excellent materials including course books, workbooks and ICT packages. All 4 skills are given equal priority – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The skills and strengths of the members of the languages team help us deliver the curriculum in a lively and interesting way.
All students in KS3 follow a structured curriculum in MFL where they will learn a variety of skills, including knowledge about language, language learning strategies, intercultural understanding and ICT skills to encourage the development of their French.
At Key Stage 4 students are suitably advised to carry on with their study of a language. We follow the AQA GCSE courses in French.
Topics covered include:
At the end of each unit of work all students at Key Stage 3 will be assessed in a variety of modular tests, ranging from listening and reading comprehensions, to speaking and writing tests.
How will I know how I am doing?
In MFL you will be set individual targets that will help you to develop your skills and understanding. You will receive regular feedback about your work when you complete homework, during class based work sessions and in your regular review points.
We would expect you to work towards a grade 3 or above in year 7 and grade 4 or above in year 8. Some people will no doubt excel in this subject and achieve levels that are beyond the expected for the year group. Remember this course is designed so that you have a variety of opportunities to achieve.
Just because you find one thing difficult doesn’t mean there won’t be another that you excel in. Try everything out and give it your best shot and you will see your learning improve.
Listening (25%) and Reading (25%) Speaking (25%) and Writing (25%) – end of year 11
How do we practise these skills?
Extension Work and Homework
All students will receive a variety of worksheets, internet based exercises, language app tasks, vocabulary revision, exam style questions and more from which they will do class homework tasks, end of unit tests and revision work. We also use a variety of language based websites which have proved to be invaluable for students to learn everything from vocabulary to grammar, tenses and exam revision. All homework is put on to the www.showmyhomework.co.uk website.
GCSE students can attend after school classes on arrangement with their class teacher and all students can access extra help at break and lunchtime. www.memrise.com has become a vital website for individuals to stretch their knowledge of vocabulary as far as they wish.
At Bedale High we have a history of wonderful visits abroad. Amongst these we have organised a trip to the Christmas markets in Düsseldorf and a trip to Paris and Disneyland in France. We know that such visits help increase confidence in speaking and understanding the language and provide an excellent opportunity to put into practice the language learned in the classroom. We will be looking to arrange more trips in the near future.
BBC Bitesize – GCSE Bitesize
Languages Online – French / German – topics etc.
Memrise – Language learning website + app
Light Bulb Languages – Language learning website
Acapela Box – Type text in to hear how it sounds (good for speaking)
News Map – Current affairs (in every language)