French is taught by specialist staff across the school from Nursery to Year 8, with setting in place from year 5 onwards. In the Pre-Prep and Lower School, pupils are immersed into the French language and culture through a primarily oral approach, developing their listening and comprehension skills through games, stories, role-play, songs and other interactive activities. From Year 5 upwards, pupils gradually develop their understanding of how the language works, with a greater emphasis placed on written French in order to lay the foundations for the level required at Common Entrance and Scholarship.
We use a variety of attractive, modern and appealing resources including Babelzone, Rigolo and Studio to ensure that equal emphasis is given to the four skill areas; Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. We adopt a variety of methods to suit the preferred learning styles of pupils and to ensure that all children engage and participate, with spoken French being used as much as possible in the classroom. We subscribe to Vocab Express for vocabulary learning and are very proud to be champions of the app’s annual worldwide competition.
To see our French Curriculum Map for Michaelmas 2018 click here.