French is introduced to all children in the school from Year 1. Lessons are conducted totally in French whenever possible and the children are encouraged to respond with confidence and enjoyment.
A wide range of resources are used to supplement the coursework, providing a dynamic and multi-sensory approach to language learning with the accent on communication.
The children are also introduced to French life and culture; study visits to France are organised to further these interests and extend and consolidate the language work of the classroom.
The children in Year 6 and 7 are expected to attend study visits in France when they are encouraged to extend and consolidate the language work of the classroom. Children in Year 6 spend three days in Boulogne-sur-Mer, visiting a variety of venues, including a sweet factory ‘Becasuc’ and a chocolate factory. This study visit is designed as preparation for the extended study visit in Year 7. They spend a week in at Château La Grande Romaine in Paris, totally immersed in the target language and studying cross-curricular themes such as The visit of Fontainnebleau; Le Musée Grevin, Notre Dame Cathedral and ‘Le Château de Versailles’.
In the Modern Languages Department, we lay the emphasis on the use of language websites such as linguascope, busuu, vocab express, languagesonline and Kahoot to reinforce both the grammatical and vocabulary work which is conducted in lessons. The pupils in Years 6-8 have the opportunity to join Mandarin and Spanish Clubs throughout the year. We also offer French clinic sessions at lunchtime for all pupils who need to reinforce or improve their language learning.
The pupils in Years 5-7 have to complete French project work following study visits to France or an in-school programme of study.