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Year 7

Autumn Term (September – December): Personal information and school routines
Pupils learn and revise how to talk and write about themselves, and their family members and give opinions on school subjects, with a focus on developing their understanding of basic French pronunciation. Emphasis is placed on spelling and grammatical structures including nouns and articles, common irregular verbs, adjectives and possessive adjectives. They will also cover basic phonics and the relationship between spoken and written French.

Spring Term (January-Easter): House, home and free time
Pupils learn to talk and write in more detail about their house, home and local environment as well as free time activities. They will learn new grammatical structures including regular -er verbs, additional common irregular verbs and infinitive constructions and there will be frequent knowledge recall activities on pupil learning from term 1.

Summer term (Easter – July): Holidays and cultural investigations
Pupils learn to talk and write in more detail about their holiday preference and they will investigate cultural differences such as an introduction to French poetry and the world of French art. They will develop their understanding of the present tense of regular verbs and learn how to describe their daily routine using reflexive verbs. Pupils will also be introduced to the simple future tense.

Work throughout the year is assessed by regular homework tasks, vocabulary/grammar tests and half termly assessments covering the four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading/translation into English, writing/translation into French). The end of year exam will cover topics and grammar points from over the course of the year. Pupils will receive detailed marking and feedback (which they will be expected to respond to) on a variety of homework tasks per half term.

All topics covered throughout the year will encourage pupils to develop their spoken and written French by:

  • Using a range of opinions and justifying them with reasons why
  • Using intensifiers and connectives to extend sentences and add detail to their work
  • Using the grammar and vocabulary covered across a range of topic areas and to suit different audiences and purposes

To support their learning at home pupils could:

  • Consolidate material covered in class through regular revision
  • Develop their written and spoken French into longer, more detailed paragraphs
  • Re-read class notes and revise new verb forms and vocabulary carefully
  • Practise pronouncing and spelling new words
  • Learn key grammatical structures (rules and examples of each structure) off by heart
  • Begin to recognise patterns in order to develop their understanding of the new language
  • Review their class work and identify areas where they require further support
  • Review written homework to check for accuracy before handing in


Useful links: (pupils have individual login details to access resources) (pupils have individual login details to access resources) – a free online dictionary to support learning

Textbook: Studio 1 published by Pearson


Year 8-9

Please note this information will be added in due course…