Quick Links

Useful Links

St Peter's Independent


Teacher of French: Alison Fox - afox@stpetersindependent.org.uk

At St. Peter’s Independent School, All Pupils learn French starting in Prep 2.

At Key stage 2, pupils are encouraged to enjoy lessons whilst developing their confidence when using the target language to communicate in front of their peers and to practice correct pronunciation and intonation as well as consolidating skills learnt in other curriculum areas.

Key Stage 3

French is taught in Years 7 and 8 alongside Spanish. Students then choose to continue studying either French or Spanish to GCSE.

Language content and grammar are taught and practised through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities.

Form 1 (Year 7)

Aspects of grammar, including regular and irregular verb forms in the present tense, reflexive verbs, use of the infinitive, the near future tense, vocabulary, giving opinions and reasons and adjectival agreement are taught through topic areas such as self, family and friends, my school, hobbies and leisure time activities, where I live, eating out and holiday destinations. Inter-cultural awareness is developed through exploring differences between French and English and the use of a bilingual dictionary is developed.

Form 2 (Year 8)

Use of verb forms in the present tense is extended, use of the near future tense is consolidated and the students are introduced to the perfect tense, the imperfect tense and modal verbs in the present tense. Progression is towards using three tenses together and a variety of language structures. Topic areas include TV, cinema and reading habits, Internet use, Paris, fashion, music, relationships and ambitions.

Form 3 (Year 9)

The perfect tense is used in a range of contexts, use of the imperfect tense is extended and the students are introduced to the simple future and conditional tenses. Students are expected to give opinions and to justify them. More complex structures are introduced including the use of emphatic and direct object pronouns. Grammar and language awareness are taught through topics such as healthy lifestyle, the world of work, future plans, holiday preferences, rights and responsibilities.   


At KS4 pupils currently take the AQA French GCSE (8658)

The 8658 French AQA specification covers three distinct themes.
Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where French is spoken.

Theme 1:
Identity and culture

Theme 2:
Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3:
Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport
Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism



Topic 1: My studies


Topic 2: Life at school/college


Topic 3: Education post-16


Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions



GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1: Listening Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.
                 Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)

Paper 2: Speaking Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of

                 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
                 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

                 Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
                 Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
                 General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at
                           Higher Tier)

Paper 3: Reading Understanding and responding to different types of written language. 
                 Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
                 Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
                 Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally
                 Section C – translation from French into English 

Paper 4: Writing Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.
                 Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
                 Writing on a given theme – a longer and a shorter written task.
                 Translation into French.