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KS3 French

As a department, we strongly believe that learning a language enhances pupils’ confidence and connects them to the wider world; it also helps pupils to foster essential values such as tolerance and open-mindedness.

At James Hornsby School, our vision is to develop communicative skills in our pupils through an engaging and challenging languages curriculum.

The Languages Curriculum

All pupils at James Hornsby will learn French in year 7, 8 and 9. Throughout KS3 pupils will extend their literacy skills, learn how to manipulate new structures, and develop new skills such as translation. Skills will be taught through a variety of engaging topics, such as ‘my family’, ‘food and drink’ and ‘my free time’. These topics lay the groundwork for what students need to be prepared for at GCSE.


Throughout KS3, pupils will develop transferable skills which will help them face the demands of further education and the workplace. These skills include:

  • Cognitive skills such as problem solving, analysing, critical thinking and creativity
  • Communication and interpersonal skills such as active listening, oral communication, written communication
  • Relationship-building skills
  • Adaptability, for example, adapting to different personalities, communication styles and cultures

KS4 French

Students of French will learn to speak, listen, read, write and communicate
effectively in the target language, as well as develop awareness and understanding
of countries and communities where French is spoken.
The course is organised into 5 themes which are designed to motivate and engage

These themes are:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local area, holiday and travel
  • School
  • Future aspirations, study and work
  • International and global dimension
  • The authentic situations and stimuli enable students to see language in context and learn about the culture of the target language countries.


The Pearson Edexcel GCSE in French consists of four externally examined papers based on the following skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May of Year 11 and all other assessments in May/June of Year 11.


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