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Modern Foreign Languages

KS3 French

KS3 French

In years 7, 8 and 9, students learn the foundations of the language. They learn to recognise the key sounds and common spellings of words.  Spoken French becomes more fluent as students are much more confident with pronunciation and intonation.

Topics covered:

Year 7


Family and Friends

At my house

In Town

My School Day

Sports and Hobbies

Year 8

Family and home life

Free time

Going out

Food and Drink



Year 9

What interests me?

The Future

Health and Fitness

People like us

Let’s go

Rights of Young People

KS4 French

The French GCSE consists of four externally examined papers based on the following skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  

Themes and Topics

Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes.

Theme: Identity and culture

  • Who am I?: relationships; when I was younger; what my friends and family are like; what makes a good friend; interests; socialising with friends and family; role models 

  • Daily life: customs and everyday life; food and drink; shopping; social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages) 

  • Cultural life: celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television 

Theme: Local area, holiday and travel

  • Holidays: preferences; experiences; destinations

  • Travel and tourist transactions: travel and accommodation; asking for help and dealing with problems; directions; eating out; shopping

  • Town, region and country: weather; places to see; things to do

Theme: School

  • What school is like: school types; school day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating success

  • School activities: school trips; events and exchanges 

Theme: Future aspirations, study and work

  • Using languages beyond the classroom: forming relationships; travel; employment

  • Ambitions: further study; volunteering; training

  • Work: jobs; careers and professions 

Theme: International and global dimension

  • Bringing the world together: sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes

  • Environmental issues: being ‘green’; access to natural resources 

Paper 1: Listening and understanding in French

Written Examination

Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks

Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks

25% of total qualification 

Paper 2: Speaking in French

Assessment overview

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in French for different purposes and in different settings.

There are three tasks which must be conducted in the following order:

Task 1 – a role play based on one topic that is allocated by Pearson.

Task 2 – questions based on a picture stimulus based on one topic that is allocated by Pearson.

Task 3 – conversation based on two themes. The first theme is based on the topic chosen by the student in advance of the assessment. The second theme is allocated by Pearson.

If you would like to discuss the work that we do or further information about the Modern Foreign Languages curriculum then please contact Mrs J Duffy at duffyj@carter.poole.sch.uk


French.zip 4928KB French Revision
KS3 French Curriculum.pdf 373KB KS3 Curriculum Overview
KS4 French Curriculum Overview.pdf 322KB KS4 Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Knowledge Organiser.pdf 517KB Year 7 Knowledge Organiser
Year 8 Knowledge Organiser.pdf 416KB Year 8 Knowledge Organiser
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