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Key Stage 3

Curriculum Overview

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Year 7 Overview
Year 8 Overview
Year 9 Overview


Year 7 Overview
Year 8 Overview
Year 9 Overview

GCSE skills: 

  • Understand and respond to different types of written/ spoken language
  • Follow and understand clear standard texts/ speech using familiar language across a range of specified contexts
  • Demonstrate understanding by being able to scan for particular information, organise & present relevant details, draw inferences in context and recognise implicit meaning where appropriate
  • Identify the overall message, key points, details and opinions in a variety of short and longer passages, involving some more complex language, recognising the relationship between past, present & future events
  • Recognise and respond to key information, important themes and ideas in more extended spoken/ written text by being able to answer questions, extract information, evaluate & draw conclusions
  • Translate a short passage from French into English and from English to French
  • Convey information and narrate events coherently and confidently, using & adapting language for new purposes
  • Take part in a short conversation, asking and answering questions, and exchanging opinions & narrate events coherently and confidently
  • Use accurate pronunciation and intonation to be understood by a native speaker.
  • Manipulate the language, using and adapting a variety of structures and vocabulary with increasing accuracy and fluency for new purposes, including using appropriate style & register
  • Use of a variety of vocabulary & grammatical structures, including some more complex forms, with reference to past, present & future events
  • Use creative and more complex language to express & justify their own thoughts & points of view in order to interest, inform or convince
  • Speak spontaneously, responding to unexpected questions, points of view or situations, sustaining communication
  • Communicate and interact effectively in speech/ writing for a variety of purposes across a range of specified contexts


By the end of year 9, students should be able to:

  • Recognise and apply verbs in the present and past tense using both auxiliaries
  • Apply near future
  • Manipulate language to create more natural flows of language
  • Recognise and remember vocabulary of health and express opinions about healthy lifestyles
  • Revise and review simple structures using auxiliaries
  • Master adjective agreements
  • Apply a variety of sentence structures in different context
  • Ask and answer confidently questions about the studied topics by developing answers
  • Recognise other tenses even if not explicitly studied


By the end of year 8, students should be able to:

  • Produce complex sentences about activities they do or like doing
  • Use a variety of connectives and adverbs to enrich their productive skills
  • Manipulate the present tense with ER and IR verbs
  • Use the verb “aller” to form the near future
  • Start using past tense structures
  • Understand the structure of sentences using opinion verbs or action verbs
  • Using the appropriate preposition with different verbs and nouns
  • Ask and answer confidently questions about the studied topics


By the end of year 7, students should be able to:

  • Recognise some words to describe people
  • Use the auxiliary verbs être et avoir in the present tense
  • Use a variety of ER verbs in the present tense
  • Manipulate the language to use the same structures over different topics
  • Understand and manipulate some words such as adjectives to agree them to the nouns they describe
  • Produce sentences in writing and speaking
  • Extend their writing/ speaking using connectives and complex structures
  • Use the language to share ideas and opinions about family, friends and school
  • Ask and answer questions about the studied topics
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