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French

DEPARTMENT LEADER:  Mrs R Page

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, we strive to engage pupils through a range of fun and innovative activities.  At the end of Key Stage 3, pupils are able to read about, write about, listen to extracts and talk in some detail about such topics as themselves, their school day, their free time activities, food and drink, where they live, holiday activities and their clothes.  We reinforce cross-curricular links with English, Welsh and other languages.  Pupils have access to department ipads where they play games and make use of language apps to enhance their learning and experience French in real-life situations.


Key Stage 4

Pupils can continue with French at GCSE where they simply build on topics learned in previous years whilst continuing to develop their key skills every lesson. GCSE French encourages students to enjoy and benefit from language learning and be inspired, by following a broad, worthwhile course. Learners recognize that their language knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society. The content studied includes: Self and relationships, health and fitness, studies, future plans and jobs, your area, holidays and global issues. Pupils use ipads regularly for vocabulary games, self-correcting grammar websites and flashcard apps.


Extra-Curricular

European Day of Languages: Around 26th September each year, we celebrate the European Day of Languages in the French Department, through quizzes, food tasting, dressing up, cake making, fascinating language facts etc.  A fantastic day, enjoyed by all, where we celebrate the culture and language of other countries.

Ciné Club: Once a week during lunchtime, we offer a film club where pupils can come to the French classroom, bring their lunch, and watch a range of films, either in a foreign language with subtitles, or set in France.  From “Ratatouille” and “Mr Bean’s Holiday”, to “Petit Nicholas”.  The pupils thoroughly enjoy this extra-curricular cultural aspect of their language learning.

Languages Breakfast: Every half term, French teachers nominate their ‘Pupil of the Term’, who receive an invite for them and a friend to a free language breakfast at break time in the French classroom. Here, pupils can celebrate their well-deserved achievement, while tucking in to croissants, pains au chocolat and jus d’orange!  Miam miam!


Meet the team

As experienced language teachers, our aim is to make language learning fun, but progressive and we always research the latest methods in language learning.

Mrs R Page (Department Leader) Studied French in Cefn Saeson School, then French and Spanish in Neath College.  Studied French and Spanish at Cardiff University.  Spent year abroad in Nantes, France and Gran Canaria before completing the PGCE in MFL.

Mrs V Staddon (Head of WBQ) Studied French and German in Morriston Comprehensive at O level and A level. Went to Cardiff University to study French and English Language. Spent year abroad in Thouars, France, before completing a PGCE in MFL.