Department Background

‘Impossible n’est pas français’ Napoléon.

Head of Department: Ms A Mparia

Teachers: Miss A Bourin | Ms M Cobbett | Ms S Neudert | Mr P Hampson| Mr P Ninkovic

We want students to:

  • Manipulate and own the French language
  • Be active in their own learning
  • Be curious about the way the language works
  • Develop a cultural awareness of France and the French speaking world
  • Develop spontaneity while speaking French
  • Develop resilience while tackling difficult language
  • Enjoy their learning & participate in a range of extra- curricular activities

As staff we aim to:

  • Extend their knowledge of French and the French speaking world beyond the curriculum
  • Give students a solid foundation in French with the goal to become fluent
  • Inspire students to react naturally while speaking French
  • Aspire for them to be ambitious about their learning
  • Embed grammar in lessons in a creative way
  • Use authentic materials
  • Organize trips to France
  • Give students opportunities to speaking French with French students

The French curriculum at Latymer is designed so that pupils will learn how to:

  • recognise patterns in sound and in written words
  • understand and respond to authentic written and audio texts
  • express themselves clearly and fluently both orally and in writing
  • translate from French to English and English to French
  • gain and apply a deep understanding of the grammar underlying the language
  • understand and appreciate other cultures and people through exploring their cultural traditions
  • work collaboratively and participate effectively in pair work and group discussions
  • use online resources effectively ICT and develop presentation skills
  • discuss and analyse A-level literature and film in a logical and coherent way
  • paraphrase what they read in French in their own words
  • follow and discuss current affairs in French
  • research their A-level topics beyond the syllabus
  • present and defend arguments in compelling ways
Continue to speak French beyond the national exams
Achieve the best results possible by trying their hardest 

Year 7 - 9

Most pupils have no previous knowledge of French and enjoy the fact that everyone starts from scratch learning the 4 basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with every theme we study. Our Key Stage 3 syllabus is engaging and inspiring as we study a wide range of topics using a great variety of teaching methods (whole class discussion, pair and group work, independent learning via online resources, one-to-one sessions, games, songs, penfriends, exchanges, extra-curricular activities, celebrating traditions, etc). Emphasis on grammar plays an important role in our teaching from the very start, so that pupils learn how the language works and how they can adapt previous learning to new topics.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Family and Pets Personality and Relationships Technology
Free Time and Hobbies Music and Clothes Music and Going Out
School and Subjects Your Area and Food Sports and Healthy Life
My Town and Shops Rules and Routines Jobs and Future Plans
Traditions Traditions and Regions GCSE Theme 1 Festivals


KS3 breakfast club every Tuesday before school.

Year 9 French play visiting the school in the Spring term.

Year 10 - 11

Our Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA French GCSE course, developing the 4 skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) across a wide range of topics. We have designed our curriculum so that pupils can read and write extensively. We believe that it is only in immersing young people in rich reading material that they begin to develop their own language capacities - the depth of their vocabulary, their handling of grammatical structures, their comprehension skills, their ability to write in a range of voices, and with confidence and genuine expertise.

Theme 1 – Identity and culture Theme 2 – Local, national and global areas of interest Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment
Family and Relationships Home Schools and Subjects
Marriage and Partnership Where You Live Life at School
Social Media Charity and Voluntary Work University or Work
Mobile Technology Healthy/Unhealthy Living Choice of Careers
Music, Cinema and TV Environment
Food and Eating Out Poverty/Homelessness
Sport Holiday Prefences
French Customs Talking About Visiting Different Places
Festivals in French Speaking Countries


  • School exchange with a partner school in Tour
  • Penpal exchange with our partner schools in France
  • Virtual exchange with our partner school in Lyon

Year 12 - 13

French is a very popular subject choice at A Level. We follow the AQA A- level French specification which offers the pupils a broad, engaging, and challenging passage through the study of French.

We are extremely proud of our lessons at A Level and pupils are well prepared for both the AS and A level examination which are all taught by native speakers. Students in year 12 & 13 also have a 20 minutes 1 to 1 session every week with our French assistant who prepares them thoroughly to their speaking exam.

The curriculum explores texts from a wide range of social, historical, and cultural contexts and seeks to develop the skills of reading, listening, grammar skills, speaking as well as critical thinking in a wide range of contexts. Finally, we are constantly discussing French and French speaking countries current affairs while using to the French news and French news articles.

The film studied at A level in year 12 & 13:

‘ La Haine’ by Matthieu Kassovitz

Our book studied in year 13 :

‘Boule de Suif’ By Maupassant.

Theme 1: Aspects of French – speaking society : current trends Theme 2: Artistic culture in French speaking world Theme 3: Aspects of French – speaking society : current issues Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the French – speaking world
Unit 1: La famille en voie de changement Unité 4: Une culture fière de son patrimoine Unité 7: Les aspects positifs d’une société diverse Unité 10: Les ados , le droit de vote et l’engagement politique
Unit 2: La Cybersociété Unité 5: La musique francophone contemporaine Unité 8: Quelle vie pour les marginalisés? Unité 11: Manifestations et grèves- à qui le pouvoir?
Unité 3: Le rôle du bénévolat Unité 6: Cinéma: le septième art Unité 9: Comment on traite les criminels? Unité 12: La politique et l’immigration

Activities and Recent Highlights

At Latymer, A level French is a popular and thriving subject and many of our students continue their interest and enthusiasm for the subject at Degree level and beyond. Some also decide to go and study in France or even take a gap year in France while exploring the language and the culture. We strongly encourage our students to continue speaking French regardless of what they decide to do in the future and beyond national examinations.


  • French trip to Toulouse in year 12
  • Virtual exchange in year 12 & 13
  • Day trip to the French institute in London