In your French classes you will gain a sound understanding of French vocabulary and grammar so that you have the confidence to communicate with other French speakers. You will also gain important, transferable skills through competing reading and listening exercises. However, learning French is more than just learning about linguistics. Developing an understanding of French culture, history and society is important too. That is why over your years at Coombe you will also find out more about French towns, artists, film and food!
Students have the opportunity to participate in numerous events during the school year. In September there is Languages Week when students get to explore different cultures and languages in more depth. Year 7 students all compete in the Spelling Bee, and we often have students going onto the national final. There is also the MFL art competition, which asks students to create and describe a painting in French.
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what to expect in year 7
Opal Coast trip (Y7)
On Friday, 24 February 2017, Year 7 pupils traveled to France, Opal Coast, for a day full of exciting cross-curricular linguistic activities. All students visited a French bakery where they could see how baguettes and croissants are made. Assisting in making the dough and tasting the final product didn't leave anyone hungry. Visiting the Old Town and the market in Boulogne-sur-mer was followed by spectacular sea cliffs in Cap Blanc-Nez and a sunny seafront in Wimereux. The trip has allowed students to learn new French words and discover places that will definitely motivate them to learn more
what to expect in year 8
Y8 Trip to Paris.
Fifteen Y8 students, winners of the linguistic competition organised by Mr Wozniak, travelled to Paris for a week, part of the British Council Lefevre Trust project. Pupils attended lessons in our sister school, Collège Madame Sevigné. After the lessons, the students enjoyed a river cruise and had an opportunity to visit Museum d'Orsay, Montmartre, Notre Dame, la Villette, Centre Pompidou and the Eiffel Tower. Here what the pupils said:
'I enjoyed visiting the numerous attractions and I really liked visiting the school and participating in lessons! We got opportunity to make friends , learn various phrases and buy souvenirs. It was very exciting!' Kushi
'It was a very educational trip which gave me a chance to really speak French and socialise in a French school' Feyrouz
'I enjoyed seeing Paris lit up at night, it was very beautiful' Magda
'I liked going to a French school because it was interesting to see the difference between French and British schools' Martha
A group of French students will pay a visit to Coombe in May 2017, part of the on-going partnership between the schools.
A what to expect in year 9
why study french at gcse?
What does studying French involve?
Three main topic areas are covered at GCSE: Identity and culture, Local, national, international and global areas of interest and current and future study and employment.
How will I know if I will be good at it?
There are four exams at the end of the GCSE French course which will assess your writing, speaking, listening and reading skills. You will have developed these skills in KS3 so that you can access the course, but also having a genuine interest in other cultures and countries does help.
What skills will I develop?
Studying Languages at GCSE is great as it allows you to focus on developing a range of skills. Your exams reflect this as you are assessed in reading, listening, writing and speaking. During your GCSE course you will learn how to communicate using a range of registers, work productively with others and challenge yourself. In addition, you will also gain an awareness of other cultures and traditions.
Where could this subject lead?
Learning a language can take you down many different career routes, in many different countries! Learning French gives you the opportunity to study and explore numerous other subjects too, for example, politics, art and literature and history. Linguists are in demand in the job market because of the range of skills you develop, so learning French really does prepare you for a world of opportunity!
A what to expect in year 10 & 11
During the two years you will learn how to build up your written responses to tasks and you will practice role plays, photo stimulus cards and general conversations for speaking. You will also regularly practice translating from French into English and from English into French. With reading you will also be introduced to poems, short stories and factual texts and you will develop your listen skills so that you are able to understand longer passages.