Throughout the school, French lessons (which start in Form II at the age of 6) are full of singing, dancing, role-play, games, stories and drama. Spoken French is used as much as possible in lessons, and all children are encouraged to ‘have a go’ in a relaxed and non-threatening atmosphere.
Reading and writing in French are introduced gradually, but the spoken word always comes first, and importance is attached to helping the children develop a good French accent.
Pupils learn about aspects of French culture, particularly through our link with a primary school in Lyon. Each class has a twin class in the French school and, in year 6, pupils write and email to individual pen friends.
Mrs E Berry – French Teacher