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KS4 French

G.C.S.E. French


Students have to do three pieces of controlled writing assessment and three speaking controlled assessment tasks. The two best scores in each skill are then selected and sent to the Examination Board.

In total, writing and speaking each account for 30% of the total GCSE marks. A Listening examination and a Reading examination (which is tiered) take place at the end of the course in May or June in Year11. Each element is worth 20% of the total marks Foundation tier Reading and Listening are graded G-C. Higher tier Reading and Listening are graded E-A*.

Year 9
                           Topic           Skills
Autumn 1

Past, present weather.
  • Imperfect tense.
  • Revision of past tense.
  • Use of 'Apres avoir/ avant de..' and infinitive.
Autumn 2

Films and TV.
  • Revision present tense.
  • Adj. agreement comparatives.
  • Past tenses (all forms) and near future.
Spring 1

Body parts.
Illnesses and accidents.
Healthy lifestyle.
  • J'ai mal.
  • Avoir expressions; reflexive perfect.
  • Three time frames.
Spring 2

Earning money (third person) and jobs.
What you'd like to do.
Future plans.
  • Recognising and using third person.
  • Je voudrais and infinitive.
  • Using future tense.
Summer 1

Talking about sports in the past.
Understanding past narratives.
Using three time frames.
  • Imperfect tense.
  • Comparing usage of past tenses.
  • Reading longer texts.
Summer 2

GCSE Foundation Papers Summative 1.
Family and friends.
  • Exam techniques-gist; using cognates.
  • Civil states Naitre Dates.
  • Descriptions/justifications (Je m'entends bien avec..).
Year 10
                         Topic           Skills
Autumn 1

Free time activities.
Last weekend.
  • Adverbs; connectives and concessives.
  • Verbs with infinitives.
  • Passe comp.; Imperfect (description). Apres/Avant de.
Autumn 2

Future plans.
Things you used to do.
Controlled Assessment 1 WRITING.
  • Future expressions. Near future tense.
  • Imperfect tense.
  • Complex sentences. Structuring paragraphs.
Spring 1

Mock exam reading listening 2
TV and films.
A visit to the cinema.
  • Exam techniques key vocab diagnostic.
  • Comparatives, superlatives & opinions.
  • Describing plot of a film Passe, compose. Past descriptions.
Spring 2

Next weekend.
A celebrity.
CA2 SPEAKING on media.

  • Future expressions; future tense.
  • Biographical details - present and past in one text.
  • Responding in detail and reacting spontaneously.
Summer 1

Holiday destinations - preferences.
Describing holiday destinations.
A recent holiday and weather.
  • Giving reasons. Making comparisons.
  • Reasons & connectives; on peut/on pourrait..
  • Passe comp (all persons); weather (all tenses) imperfect.
Summer 2

Plans for the summer.
Mock exam Reading Listening 3
  • Future and future expressions.
  • Exam techniques key vocab diagnostic.
  • Complex sentences. Structured paragraphs.
Year 11
                          Topic           Skills
Autumn 1

Favourite day trips.
Describing places to visit and pictures.
Past and future/ideal visits.
  • Reasons, justifications.
  • Comparatives/superlatives.
  • Passe comp. and future, conditional.
Autumn 2

CA4 Speaking A Day Trip.
Jobs and the future.
Mock exam reading listening 4.
  • Reacting to a range of question types.
  • Future with 'quand' future.
  • Exam techniques key vocab diagnostic.
Spring 1

Work experience.
School personal qualities CVs.
CA5 SPEAKING; CA6 WRITING jobs education.

  • Imperfect Passe comp.
  • Dire/Penser que/croire que..; Paragraphs with mixed tenses.
  • As required (job application WR/Job interview SP).
Spring 2


  • Reflexive passe comp; lifestyle vocab (food/dangers to health).
  • Devoir/Il faut../Comprehension of transport announcements/problems.
  • Expressing displeasure - problems with purchases.
Summer 1

Mock exam reading listening 5.
Vocabulary acquisition techniques.
French GCSE mid-May.
  • Analysing strengths, weaknesses for final revision and tier of entry.
  • Group work testing and memory techniques.
Summer 2 Exams