St. Olave’s Grammar School celebrates a stunning 96% A*/B grades at A-Level with a total of 75% of all grades at A*/A . Fantastic GCSE results too with 90% of grades at A*/A or the new levels 9/8/7 in Mathematics and English. 67% at A* level

Key Stage 3 French

Students come to us with various levels of knowledge and understanding of French. In Year 7 and Year 8 the activities are designed to suit a range of learning styles and provide opportunities for students to develop their understanding.

Alongside the main four skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing – students will be challenged to become independent and creative thinkers; to reflect on their learning; and participate effectively in a team.


Year 7


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Self and School

Meeting people

School objects and the alphabet

Counting up to 31

Give the date

Saying when your birthday is

Talking about the classroom

Saying what colour things are

School in France


Family and Friends

Talking about brothers and sisters

Talking about family

Talking about pets

Describing yourself and others

Talking about hair and eyes

Comic books

Home and House

Talking about where people live

Describing your home

Describing your bedroom

Talking about what you do in the evening

Telling the time

The French language across the world


Out and About

Asking about places in a town

Asking for directions

Where you are and where you are going

Expressing opinions

Ordering drinks and snacks

Learning about Paris

School and Daily Routine

Talking about what you do in the morning

Talking about school subjects

Giving opinions and reasons

Talking about your timetable

Talking about what you do after school

A French school



Talking about sports and games

Talking about musical instruments

Saying what you like to do

At the leisure centre

Going on holidays

Key Language & Grammar

Using the pronouns je and tu

Using un/une – the indefinite article

Using the verbs avoir and être

Using le/la – the definite article

Making adjectives agree with nouns


Using the possessive adjective: mon, ma, mes

-er, -re and –ir verbs

The possessive case

Adjectives – word order

Using prepositions

Using the verb aller

Using the pronoun on

Asking questions

Understanding the difference between tu and vous

Using the preposition à

Using reflexives verbs

Using intensifiers and connectives

Using the verb faire

Using the verb jouer followed by à or de

Using aimer  infinitive

Using the future tense




Using cognates

Near cognates

Dictionary skills


High-frequency words


Year 8


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Family and House

Talking about families

Talking about jobs people do

Talking about where people live

Describing the weather

Describing a typical day

Learning about French people


Free Time

Talking about last weekend

Talking about yesterday evening

Talking about TV programmes (past, present and future)

Talking about where you went

Talking about events in the past

Television in France

Going Out

Making and reacting to invitations

Making excuses

Talking about clothes

Shops and shopping

Giving an account of a trip (past, present and future)



Eating and Drinking

Talking about food

Talking about French meals

Preparing for a party

Shopping for food

Eating at a restaurant

Learning about regional food specialities

Travel and Holiday

Talking about countries and languages

Talking about holidays

Describing a holiday centre

Talking about a past holiday

Finding information about a holiday destination

Describing a disastrous holiday

The French Revolution



Talking about friends

Talking about pocket money

Describing things

Past, present and future

Hopes and wishes

Describing your bedroom

Talking about leisure activities

Key Language & Grammar


-er, -re and –ir verbs

Using the verb aller, jouer and faire

Using reflexives verbs

Using the future tense


Using complex negatives

Using depuis, quand and si

The perfect tense with avoir and être

Giving opinions in the past

Using the verbs pouvoir, vouloir and devoir

Double verb sentences

Reinforce adjectival agreement

Using the preposition à

The partitive article du, de la, des, de l’

Using il faut  infinitive

Using de with quantities

Using the comparative

Using the superlative

Using the prepositions en, au, aux

Asking a range of questions

Giving opinions in three tenses

Using the future tense

Using possessive adjectives in the plural

Using avoir besoin de…

Using the imperfect tense




Adapt previously learnt language

Extending answers

Skim and scan

Taking part in unscripted dialogues

Redraft to improve writing