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.

What to expect in Y7

Students will embark on a journey of discovery of the French language; they will learn how to give opinions by discussing their families and pets, compare where they live with Paris and develop their knowledge of the city’s buildings and monuments. Students will also study the topic of school and learn about the French school system. Students will build up their knowledge of grammar so that they can engage in writing and speaking exercises and advance their listening and reading skills. The range of activities incorporated in lessons promotes curiosity and a love of language learning.


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 Y8

In Year 8 students will cover the topics of healthy living, hobbies and technology. The work will engage students in contemporary issues and give them the opportunity to express their opinions on the topics. Students will start to look at authentic texts, giving them a greater insight into French society and culture. Students will further their knowledge of grammar by integrating the future tense into their work and gain greater confidence in giving longer answers to written and spoken questions.


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

What to expect in Y9

The Year 9 scheme of work is designed to bridge the gap between KS3 and GCSE. Students will use all the skills they have acquired in Years 7 and 8 to work on more challenging material and to extend their own work by incorporating a range of tenses and higher level vocabulary. Students will look at the topics of shops and fashion, holidays and festivals to acquire the reading, listening, writing, speaking and translation skills necessary to tackle the GCSE course with confidence.

Why choose French for GCSE?


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.


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.


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.


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!

What to expect in Y10 & Y11

Over the course of Year 10 and 11, you will have the opportunity to extend your language skills and develop your cultural understand of French speaking countries.

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.