Year 7

In Year 7 French, students study greetings, colours, classroom objects, pets, giving and asking personal details, such as name and age. They understand days of the week, months and seasons. They can understand classroom instructions from the teacher and talk about their family and house. They can say what they do in their leisure time, where they go and where they go on holiday. They can say where objects are and have a basic understanding of weather phrases, the time and items of clothing.

Year 8

In Year 8 French, students revise the topics studied in Year 7. They also study home and surroundings and can talk extensively about their region and house. They can say what they do in their free time and can say the time in French. They can talk about their town and understand directions and can talk about different means of transport. They study schools and can talk in detail about their own school, describing the facilities, teachers and their uniform. They can talk about the subjects they do and say whether they like those subjects or not and why. They can talk about their daily routine in the morning and the evening.

Year 9

In Year 9, students consolidate what they have learnt in Year 7 and Year 8 and apply previous vocabulary and grammar to new contexts. Students also study new topics such as food, hobbies and holiday. They learn about France as a tourist destination and research and write an extensive project about a French region of their choice. They improve their skill at developing their answers and using more complex language orally and in writing. At the end of Year 9, students are confident in using the past, present and future tenses.

Year 10

In Year 10 French, students develop the skills learnt in Year 7-9 and revisit a number of topics in more depth that previously. They study school, self, family and friends, daily routine, interest and hobbies, house, home and local environment. They can understand the main points and the details of spoken and written materials on those topics. They can talk and write in detail about those topics using the three main tenses: present, past and future. They also study tourism in detail. They study travel, transport and finding the way, staying at a hotel, eating out, holiday activities, services and problems that may arise when on holiday in France.

Year 11

In Year 11 French, students study several topics including: home life and things they do to help round the house, pocket money, part time jobs and work experience, careers and future plans, healthy and unhealthy living, and leisure activities. They can understand and use past, present, future and conditional tenses as well as more advanced vocabulary and structures.


Modern Foreign Languages

GCSE French (AQA), German (AQA) or Spanish (AQA)

Chatham Grammar School for Girls has an international outlook and all students study a language for GCSE.  We teach a wider range of languages than most schools, try out innovative new approaches to language learning and we make extensive use of ICT, including multimedia language programmes, and interactive whiteboards. We are also developing worldwide links and provide enhanced opportunities for you to undertake visits abroad.

A GCSE in at least one modern foreign language is compulsory. You can also gain a qualification in a second language by making it one of your two options.

As well as deriving enjoyment and benefit from language learning, your linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills will help you to take your place in a multilingual global society and also provide you with a suitable basis for further study and practical use of French, German or Spanish.  A GCSE in French, German or Spanish will enable you to:


  • Develop your understanding of your chosen language in a variety of contexts.

  • Develop your knowledge of your chosen language and language learning skills.

  • Develop your ability to communicate effectively in your chosen language.

  • Develop your awareness and understanding of countries and communities where your chosen language is spoken.



 Listening Examination (25%)

Speaking Examination (25%)

Reading examination (25%)

Writing examination (25%)


Course Structure

 Unit 1: Listening (25%)

Assessed by listening examination (answers in English and the target language).

Unit 2: Speaking (25%)

Assessed by a speaking examination at the end of Year 11. Students will need to do a role-play, discuss a photo card and have a general conversation.

Unit 3: Reading (25%)

Assessed by reading examination (answers in English and the target language).

Unit 4: Writing (25%)

Assessed by written examination. Students need to do a structured writing task, an open-ended writing task and a translation into the target language.