Languages for All, Languages for Life!

Welcome to the French department - a small department with big ideas! Learning a second language is a skill that is highly valued at Beacon Hill. Students are encouraged to not only achieve but exceed their potential at both Key Stage 3 and GCSE. This is done by providing a learning experience that is both enjoyable and challenging within a dynamic and forward-thinking environment. You can only get better at speaking French by speaking French - so students are encouraged to use the target language as much as they can right from the start.  We also have a partner school in Grenoble, France and students are working on joint projects to exchange information and news in the target language. Students can put into practice the language they have learned in the classroom and find out first-hand about French way of life.

Key Stage 3

In KS3 students have 2 lessons of French per week, supported by a weekly homework assignment. They are also encouraged to be independent learners by spending time on language-learning websites such as

Students in KS3 learn how to understand and express themselves in French on a variety of topics centred around themselves and their life at home and in the local community. They practise the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Key Stage 4

WJEC Course Specification

In KS4 students have 3 lessons of French per week and are prepared for the WJEC examination in French. Once again they practise and develop the 4 skills above, supported by weekly homework assignments and websites such as However, instead of focussing on themselves they study wider topic areas.

Topic Areas:

Personal and Social Life
Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships, future plans

Local Community
Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons

The World of Work
Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers, technology (sending messages, accessing information)

The Wider World
Travel and holidays, media, social issues (e.g. life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics), life in the countries and communities where the language is spoken.

Speaking - 2 Tasks Structured conversation - 5 mins.
Presentation - 3 mins, with questions - 2 mins.
Writing - 2 tasks of 200 words each, from 2 of the topic areas above.

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