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Willows High School


Name:    Mrs Joanne Brace
Twitter: @Willows_French

Students study either French throughout Key stage 3. Our aim is to develop confidence and skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing French.

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

Students study either French throughout Key stage 3. Our aim is to develop confidence and skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing French.

Year 7  (4 Lessons per fortnight)


  • Basic introductions
  • Spelling and sounds in French
  • Numbers
  • Colours
  • Family
  • Pets
  • Describing yourself and your family
  • Giving opinions 


  • Places in town
  • Directions
  • Opinions in places in town
  • Describing your house
  • Activities at home (introducing -er verbs)


  • Describing your school
  • School subjects and opinions
  • Telling the time
  • Daily routine
  • Sports and hobbies

Year 8 (3 lessons per fortnight)


  • Countries
  • Nationalities
  • Weather
  • Sports and hobbies
  • Travel and transport
  • Places in town
  • Guided tour of Cardiff


  • Future tense with aller
  • Invitations
  • Clothes and Colours
  • Fashion
  • Opinions


  • Food and drink
  • Ordering Food
  • Introduction to the past tense

Year 9 (4 lessons per fortnight)


  • Describing yourself and others
  • Introduction to the imperfect tense
  • Review of the past tense
  • Television and Cinema
  • Invitations


  • Parts of the body and illnesses
  • Healthy living
  • Sports and Keeping Fit
  • Healthy Diet


  • Holidays
  • Destinations
  • Activities
  • Accommodation
  • Dream Holidays
  • Focus on 3 tenses


Students are assessed during lessons and a formal assessment is done at the end of each unit of work. These assessments cover all four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students' performance in these tests, combined with class and homework, will be used to decide which level they are working at. Classes are taught in ability sets.

How can I help my son/daughter?

  • Encourage him/her to learn vocabulary on a regular basis.
  • Offer to test him/her on the vocabulary or ask him/her to teach you something recently learnt.
  • Check with them that they are aware of deadlines for assessments and extended written tasks.
  • Encourage him/her to access a language learning website, such as the ones listed below.
  • Ensure they copy up key vocabulary or grammar if he/she is absent from lessons.
  • If you are going to France or a French-speaking country, encourage him/her to "give it a go".
  • Reinforce the value of language-learning as a life skill and advantage.
  • Look at his/her exercise book and encourage your son or daughter to act on the teacher's feedback.

Key Stage 4: GCSE

French is an optional subject at GCSE and pupils study for a GCSE from the WJEC exam board. The course will shortly be changing but at present (up to exam in Summer 2017) is assessed by 60% Controlled Assessment in writing and speaking and 40% final examination in reading and listening. The broad topic areas studied are Personal and Social Life ,The Local Community,The World of Work,The Wider World and include units on School, Work experience, Healthy Lifestyles and much more.

Extra-Curricular Activities

After School French Club for  All Years twice per week. Support for KS4 with Controlled Assessment Preparation. Games and activities for KS3.  

Useful Web Links