Pupils continue to learn French for 2 hours per week. They move into ability groupings for their lessons, groupings which are specifically designed to help pupils to make progress at their own speed and which vary in their structure to suit the cohort of pupils. The main aim of the course in Year 8 is to develop confidence and independence.
Pupils learn to understand and create longer passages of spoken and written French, recapping regular and irregular verbs in the present tense and developing use of the future tense. This is achieved firstly through the context of TV and film and then through the medium of clothes. Culturally pupils consider how French TV schedules resemble those of Britain, how English language films are watched in French cinemas and how current TV programmes such as the Great British Bake Off transfer to a French audience.
Pupils begin by using modal verbs to make invitations. The main focus this term is to learn to use the perfect tense (passé compose) through a range of different contexts including festivals, household tasks and travel. This allows for comparisons of festivals in French speaking countries and for consideration of reasons for travel to different countries, including for work and business.
Pupils begin the term by beginning to pull together learning to start to control their own production of the language across all persons and through 3 tenses and to understand longer, more-complex spoken passages. They use a range of different contexts, dictated partly by the interests of the group. A transition project is undertaken in partnership with Shelley College in preparation for their transfer in July.