French Curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy
The department’s vision
• French at Brownhills Ormiston Academy enables pupils to become more confident in the four skill
areas of language learning thus developing their listening, oracy, reading and writing skills and also their literacy skills. We support the pupils to develop skills that are transferable across all subjects.
• The pupils are encouraged to consider their own British Values whilst also being respectful and
curious of the values of other culture and adding to their cultural capital knowledge and understanding in the process.
• We aim to promote a love of languages through their learning journey by using different methods of teaching and using a wide range of varied resources for teaching including songs, poems and films.
• At the end of KS3 we would like them to be able to communicate with and understand a native speaker at a basic level.
Sequencing of lessons
During KS3 topics are introduced and revisited during the course allowing for development of vocabulary, skills
and grammar at different levels. For example they may return to a familiar topic but using a different tense.
• In Year 7 the pupils cover 5 Modules which allows them to talk about who they are, their area and enable them to give opinions and justify them on a range of different topics. Module 1 La rentrée
where they introduce themselves, Module 2 En classe looking at school, Module 3 Mon temps libre talking about their freetime, Module 4 Ma vie de famille looks at family life and Module 5 En ville they talk about their town.
• In Year 8 the pupils revisit some of the topics covered in Year 7 but in greater depth, handling different tenses and grammar points, and discover new topics as well. Module 1 Vive les vacances talks about the holidays, Module 2 J’adore les fêtes looks at festivals in francophone countries, Module 3 À loisir revisits freetime introducing digital technology, Module 4 Le monde est petit revisits town and introduces routine, Module 5 Le sport en direct revisits sports and introduces body parts and illnesses.
• During KS4 the pupils cover familiar topics and are introduced to new topics as well under the 3 Themes for GCSE (Theme 1 – Identity and Culture, Theme 2 – Local, national and international global areas of interest, Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment).
Students receive regular formal and informal assessments to improve their recall skills and to recap previous
knowledge. Peer and self-assessment are used to encourage reflection and awareness of how to move forward
with their learning so they can understand how they can achieve their full potential.
Key stage 3
Pupils will complete half termly assessments that will include key vocabulary tests, recall quizzes and end of
Unit assessments. The end of unit assessments will be an assessment that will cover or two of the Assessment
Objectives which will enable them to develop key examination skills for Key stage 4.
Key stage 4
As at KS3 they complete end of unit assessments, along with a formal mock exam in year 10 and two in Year
11. Pupils take a GCSE exam at the end of the course, in which the 4 Assessment Objectives are examined,
each AO having equal weighting (25%). The students are entered at either Foundation or Higher level.
Curriculum in action