MFL – French


Languages are really important in the world we live in and give you great skills for the rest of your life. People think everyone speaks English, but this is just not true. 75% of the world population have no English at all.

At Wickersley, we offer you to learn French which is the most widely spoken language across all the continents and the official language of may international business and groups. It is spoken in 51 countries and totals 220 million speakers in the world. In today’s Britain and imminent Brexit, languages are even more relevant. This is why at Wickersley we aim to develop keen and talented linguists and we truly believe that languages are for everyone.

How to support your child in French at home:

You child will thrive in MFL with your added support and you don’t have to be a linguist to help him/her. Here are some easy helpful ways to develop your child learning in French:

Overview of KS3

All our KS3 topics tie in with the new GCSE curriculum, ensuring a smooth transition between KS3 and 4.

In Year 7, students start learning the basics of French, including the present tense and a range of common vocabulary.

They study 3 topics areas:

In Year 8, students develop their knowledge further with the use of the past and the future tense.

The topics areas are:

Finally, in Year 9, students consolidate all these skills and develop a more complex use of the language and start the GCSE course in January. The topics we cover are:

Students currently in Year 7 and Year 8, have one lesson of French per week. Year 8 students can opt to continue with the language at GCSE in order to sit the exam in Y11 and will have 2 lessons a week from Year 9 to 11.

Overview of KS4

At KS4 students develop their use of the French language and find out more about the culture through films, literature and songs.

Year 10 and 11 are following the new Edexcel specification, where all skills are assessed through a final exam.

The topics covered in Year 10 are:

In Year 11 the topics include:


Grade Ladders

Grade ladders show the skills/content that a pupil is required to demonstrate to reach each particular grade. These can be used by pupils and parents in targeting what they need to do to make progress in each subject.


Curriculum Intent

Please be aware these documents are only draft versions.

French – Y7-11

French – A Level

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