Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy



French is the language currently taught at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, and it is a compulsory subject for the first two years.Most students will continue studying French at GCSE level in Y9, 10 and 11. The focus of the MFL department is on developing ability to communicate in French, so that our students are able to express what they want to say, both orally and in writing, using the language confidently, independently and creatively. All students are encouraged to develop an appreciation of French culture and the benefits of language learning, through fun activities and events.

Pupils follow the national curriculum for KS3 supported by the Pearson Studio scheme of work. The specific topics in year 7 and 8 are:

Year 7: Myself, my family, my school, where I live, my hobbies and holidays.

Year 8: the medias (TV, cinema, books and new technologies), a week in Paris, personality and relationships, music, fashion, food and drinks, my house, my talents.


This qualification is designed to show how language is used in real life. Cultural and authentic content have been embedded, giving students a sense of purpose to language learning.

The Edexcel GCSE in French consists of four externally examined papers based on the following skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in May/June of Year 11.

Each paper is available at Foundation tier or Higher tier.

Theme 1: Identity and culture
Relationships with family and friends, socialising, personal interests, food and drink; shopping, social media and technology; celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television

Theme 2: Local area, holiday and travel
Holidays; travel and accommodation; directions; eating out; shopping; weather; places to see; things to do

Theme 3: School
School day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating success, school trips, events and exchanges

Theme 4: Future aspirations, study and work
Forming relationships; travel; employment; further study; volunteering; training; jobs, careers and professions

Theme 5: International and global dimension
Sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes; environmental issues.

Students studying French  will be given the opportunity to travel to France for 4 days and be immersed in the culture and language of France whilst also having the opportunity to visit historical landmarks.

You can find more detailed information about the course, on the following links:

Current Edexcel GCSE French specification (current Y10)

Edexcel GCSE French specification from Sept 2016 (current Y9)

As a department we also endeavour to offer our EAL students to sit the GCSE in their native language. The languages we can currently cater for are: Polish, Russian, Persian Chinese, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, Greek, Urdu and Panjabi.

Language learning
The department uses a wide range of resources to deliver the French curriculum, including new technology, text books, and websites to help ensure pupils develop the skills and knowledge they need to become independent language learners. There are opportunities for students to engage in exciting real-life situations, and the department offers extra-curricular activities designed to extend students’ language skills and enrich their knowledge of French culture.

Groups of learners are encouraged to speak with good intonation and pronunciation, and to develop a strong awareness of the culture of the countries where French is spoken, through routine use of French in class and exposure to authentic French materials.

French - GCSE

French Long Term Curriculum Plan

Useful links to support progress in French


BBC Bitesize
Youtube Channel: Easy Languages


To purchase for GCSE students:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) French Revision Guide (£5.89)
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) French Revision Workbook (£5.99)