French

French Head

Mr Pattinson is the Curriculum Leader of Modern Foreign Languages and he has taught at Southlands for a lifetime – well, over 25 years!  He leads an experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated team of language teachers who love their job as much as he does and work hard to ensure that all students achieve their best in whatever language they study, French or Spanish.

GCSE results in Languages have always been above the national average. The faculty runs a visit to France or Spain every year.

Year 7

  • Essential classroom language
  • Numbers, the French alphabet, days and dates
  • Asking what something is and saying what you have or haven’t got
  • Saying your name and greeting people
  • Saying hello and goodbye
  • Giving and asking for personal information
  • Talking about your family and pets
  • Describing yourself and others in terms of hair, eyes, size and personality
  • Talking about what you do at school
  • Describing your school uniform in French, including colours
  • Learning how to say what time it is in French
  • Phonics

Year 8

  • Revision on personal information
  • Describing your daily routine
  • Arranging to go out using the future tense
  • Family
  • Body part and illness
  • Food, shopping and eating out
  • Using the past tense
  • Cultural information about France
  • Holidays

Year 9

To describe what you do when on holiday; to describe and give opinions on different holiday destinations; to state items you take on holiday 

To know/use weather phrases and descriptions in 3 different tenses (past/present/future); to develop listening/reading comprehension skills and vocabulary awareness

To develop understanding and use of the perfect (past) tense; to describe and give opinions of a recent holiday.

To be able to give opinions on jobs at home and say which ones you do and how often; to talk about pocket money.

To discuss part time jobs; to be able to give opinions about different kinds of jobs.

To be able to describe future plans; to be able to use the future tense

To know the parts of the body; to be able to use à plus definite article

To be able to describe reasons for liking / not liking sport; to be able to develop ideas with examples (describe sports you do – why, when, how often etc.)

To be able to describe what you are going to do to get fit; to be able to use near future.

Year 10

To be able to describe yourself and your friends in detail; to develop comprehension skills.

To be able to describe your family; to discuss family relationships

To revise past tense; to describe what you did at the weekend/last week; to develop speaking

To talk about household chores and how often things happen; to talk about pocket money

To describe what you eat and when; to give opinions of food and drink; order food in restaurants.

To describe healthy and unhealthy lifestyles; to describe what you should and shouldn’t do to keep healthy

To compare lifestyle “then and now”; to describe addiction and other health problems

Description of school; extending opinions; developing ideas. Talk about school rules and uniform.

To describe what I did at school using the past tense

To describe a school trip; to use the perfect tense; to use a variety of structures to give opinions in the past, and future tense.

To be able to describe your ideal school; to be able to use the conditional tense; to develop and extend opinions

Describe your primary school.

Year 11

To be able to understand key language relating to celebrations and special occasions.

To able to understand key language relating to technology (mobile phones, internet, social networking).

To be able to understand texts about world issues / current affairs.

To be able to understand texts about local and environmental issues.

Description of your house, expressing opinions and points of view.

Talk about your neighbourhood using the conditional and future tenses.

Describe what your town used to be like using the past tense.

Preparation for the final written and listening exams.