French is studied throughout Key Stage 3, focusing on phonics using various letter strings and sounds. This knowledge is integral and will be used in order to pronounce and recognise new vocabulary in each module studied. Initial learning helps in every aspect of the 4 key linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students move on to study ‘Self, family and relationships’ which not only teaches the basics in French, for example, saying your name, birthday, age, hair/eye colour and numbers, but also reflects key vocabulary and structures from the new GCSE course. The following modules are ‘School’ and ‘My free time’ where students will once again be given plenty of opportunity to express themselves. Learning French not only broadens students’ understanding of language as a discipline but enriches their cultural awareness and understanding of the world they live in, beyond their locality.