French Overview


Head of Faculty: Miss L. Savidge

Languages at Bewdley include French and Spanish as courses of study which all students follow for one tenth of their curriculum time in the lower school. The school is also exploring the potential for exposure to other United Nations Languages through international partnerships in the Middle East and China. Overseas visits support our language learning and the school regularly has visiting students from around Europe study alongside our Sixth Formers.

Following a year of each, students choose either French or Spanish for the first half of year 9 but can choose either or both as a GCSE option which starts half way through the year. The school also offers both subjects at Advanced Level with high quality individual support from team of specialist teachers skilled in these and other languages.

  • Year 7 French Overview

    The work covered in the year 7 French course aims to provide pupils with a solid foundation of language and structures to enable them to progress well in French in future years. A variety of language learning skills will be developed within a topic based scheme of work and an emphasis is placed on both the enjoyment of learning the language as well on developing confidence in language use. Pupils are expected to complete regular tasks to consolidate and extend the material covered in lessons and are encouraged to converse in French within the classroom. Assessments in ALL skills throughout the year.

    Edexcel 1FR0 Studio Text and Active Teach

  • Year 8 French Overview

    The work covered in the year 7 French course aims to provide pupils with a solid foundation of language and structures to enable them to progress well in French in future years. A variety of language learning skills will be developed within a topic based scheme of work and an emphasis is placed on both the enjoyment of learning the language as well on developing confidence in language use. Pupils are expected to complete regular tasks to consolidate and extend the material covered in lessons and are encouraged to converse in French within the classroom. Assessments in ALL skills throughout the year.

    Edexcel 1FR0 Studio Text and Active Teach

  • Year 9 French Overview

    The work covered in the year 9 French prepares students for GCSE.

    Students are encouraged to speak in the Target language in lessons. All skills are assessed throughout the two terms focusing on exam skills including role play, picture description and presentation.

    Edexcel 1FR0 Studio Text book (Rouge and Vert)

  • Year 10 French Overview

    The work covered in the year 10 French helps all students achieve their potential in GCSE French.

    The course develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and includes a focus on skills such as translation, understanding authentic and literary texts and spontaneous speaking.

    Students are encouraged to speak in the Target language in lessons.

    All skills are assessed throughout the two terms focusing on exam skills, in order to track students’ progress and help them achieve their best at GCSE.

    Edexcel 1FR0 Studio Text book (Rouge and Vert) Metropolitain Edexcel French Rouge + Vert

  • Year 11 French Overview

    The work covered in the year 10 French helps all students achieve their potential in GCSE French.

    The course develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and includes a focus on skills such as translation, understanding authentic and literary texts and spontaneous speaking.

    Students are encouraged to speak in the Target language in lessons.

    All skills are assessed throughout the two terms focusing on exam skills, in order to track students’ progress and help them achieve their best at GCSE.

    Edexcel 1FR0 Studio Text book (Rouge and Vert) Metropolitain Edexcel French Rouge + Vert

  • Year 12-13 French Overview

    “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”
    Frank Smith

    We believe languages should appeal to all students.

    A Level French is designed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the French-speaking world.

    This motivating course will enable your students to develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the French language, the culture of France and other

    Francophone countries, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable study skills. This course will help to prepare students for higher education and enhance their employability profile.

    Inspiring and engaging themes – our qualification features familiar and popular themes as well as some new content that provides clear links to some of the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the culture of the target language country and communities.

    Popular literary texts and films – we offer a rich choice of literary texts and films that includes contemporary and more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from France and the wider French-speaking world.

    Rewards creativity – the assessments place an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively. We encourage students to develop ideas, use language to persuade and analyse, and give critical responses in their writing and speaking.

    Clear and coherent structure –the course is composed of four engaging themes

    1. Les changements dans la société française
    2. La culture politique et artistique dans les pays francophones
    3. L’immigration et la société multiculturelle française
    4. L’Occupation et la Résistance.

    The four themes are studied alongside two works (one literary text and one film).

    Continuous progression – our content builds on the understanding developed at Key Stage 4 and gives students the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, enabling them to make a smooth transition to the next level of study.

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