The mission of the French department at King David High School is to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for language learning. We endeavour to develop pupils’ confidence and competence so that they become increasingly independent learners and users of French. We dedicate ourselves to fostering students’ progress in the four skill areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. In addition, we seek to increase students’ understanding and cultural awareness of the contemporary society of countries where French is spoken.
All students benefit from learning both French and Spanish in Year 7. They have 2 lessons of each language in year 7.
In year 8, Solomon pupils continue with both French and Spanish, whilst pupils in Saul 1, 2 and David study either French or Spanish. Pupils who wish to continue with boh French and Spanish may attend a lunchtime club once a week.
The French KS3 course follows the Accès Studio and Studio 1, 2 and 3 programmes, supplemented by many additional authentic resources. All pupils have access to the online course material, Active Learn, https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/ , where they are able to reinforce and /or extend their learning in the language.
Pupils are encouraged to explore cross-curricular and cultural themes, as well as develop their personal learning and thinking skills. They are supported so that they are able to use the target language spontaneously during lessons, and they develop a wide vocabulary base from which to progress to the examination course offered in Key Stage Four.
Pupils who have elected to study a language to GCSE level follow the AQA course. Pupils study the following themes on which the listening, reading, speaking and writing assessments are based.
All pupils have access to the online course material, Kerboodle, https://www.kerboodle.com/, enabling them to develop the skills covered in lessons.
GCSE Spec, Sept 2016-Present
AS and A-Level French
Pupils at KS5 benefit from small class sizes and expert teaching, achieving great success at both AS and A2 Level. They follow the AQA course and study the following themes on which the final 3 examinations are based.
AS and A-Level Spec, Sept 2016-Present
(for access to “atantot”, “linguascope”, and "aqa openassess” you will need a username and password which your language teacher will be happy to share with you)
https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/ (KS3. Ask your teacher for your username and login.)
www.kerboodle.com (KS4. Ask your teacher for your username and login.)
AQA Practice Paper and Feedback https://aqa.openassess.co.uk/openassess/login.aspx
www.atantot.com (fun games to learn vocabulary at KS3 and KS4)
www.linguascope.com (same as above)
www.quizlet.com (create flashcards and vocabulary list)
www.voki.com (create a character, type a text and your character will speak it back to you in French!)
www.wordreference.com (free, online dictionary)
www.1jour1actu (to know what is going on in the world for children)
www.franceinfo.fr (French news bulletins for listening practice at KS4/KS5 this is a site aimed at French people, so the speed of the speech is very fast)
www.lemonde.fr (French daily newspaper)
http://www.lepointdufle.net/ (a wealth of resources for learning French as a foreign language)
www.letour.fr (if you are interested in “le tour de France”)
www.mangerbouger.fr (information and advice on diet and keeping fit)