“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Nelson Mandela


At Atlantic Academy, our aim is for all students to have the opportunity to learn a language as a form of liberation from insularity and to provide an opening to other cultures.  A high-quality languages education should foster students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We want our students to be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.  More importantly, we want students to have the opportunity of communicating for practical purposes and to learn new ways of thinking. Language teaching should provide them with the foundation for learning further languages, and should equip them to study and work in other countries.

Our intent is to:

  • foster the skills of the individual student to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • give students the opportunity to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • enable students to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • encourage students to develop a love of languages



Key Stage 2

Language learning at Key Stage 2 introduces young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating, whilst encouraging their confidence and creative skills.  They will be aware that language has a structure and that the structure differs from one language to another. They will develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  They will be aware of cultural differences in other countries and they will be adequately prepared for KS3. The foundations will have been laid for future language learning.

Units of work covered in Key Stage 2 include:  

Year 3

  • Greetings, name, family
  • Numbers (0-12 and 11-20) , age, birthday 
  • Activities, colours, body parts
Year 4

  • Transport, French speaking countries
  • Weather, numbers (21-30), dates, days of the week, months
  • Animals 
Year 5

  • Alphabet, directions
  • Celebrations, food (likes and dislikes)
  • Building sentences 
Year 6

  • Telling the time
  • School, subjects, French schools
  • Then and now, regional food

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to extend students’ speaking, reading, listening and writing skills to the stage where all students are in a position to decide to carry on with French to Key Stage 4 and beyond.  The year 9 units of study are designed to prepare students for the expectations of GCSE.


Year 7

  • Birthdays, classroom, animals, family. Yourself and your opinions.
  • Other’s opinions, food, countries, weather.
  • School, hobbies and activities.
Year 8

  • TV, films, reading, internet, Paris.
  • Paris cntd, perfect tense (avoir and etre)
  • Personality, relationships, clothes, where you live.
Year 9

  • Relationships, family and friends 
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region 
  • Home contd. School and subjects Music, cinema and TV
  • School, Freetime, Food/Eating out and Sport


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, we follow the AQA French specification which is divided into three main subject areas, called Themes and each Theme is divided into four Topics.   Students will focus on developing key grammar, vocabulary, listening, reading (inc. literary texts), speaking, translation and writing skills.


Year 10

  • Life at school and college  
  • Travel and tourism 
  • Education post-16
  • Healthy/Unhealthy lifestyle, Marriage and partnership, Social Media
Year 11

  • Global issues – The environment Social issues – Charity and voluntary work Global issues – Homelessness/poverty
  • Career choices and ambitions. Technology in everyday life.
  • End of course examination focus

The French Team

  • Mrs L Bullin – Subject Coordinator
  • Ms Pandeli – French Teacher
  • Mrs P Lamy-Newman – Primary French Lead
Where next

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