Modern Foreign Languages
Why Study MFL?
French is studied throughout the Prep School from Years 3-8, and since September 2010 has been introduced as part of the Year 1 and 2 curriculum. In the first few years it is taught in a variety of ways, using song, finger rhymes and lots of fun.
As children move into the Prep department, most lessons are taught in the dedicated classroom which is equipped with an interactive whiteboard which complements an excellent range of resources. There are also plans afoot to create a dedicated languages suite of classrooms. Although the emphasis is firmly on listening and speaking, children also develop their reading and writing skills and are accomplished learners by Year 8.
In Year 5, children have the chance to have a Spanish taster and there is a Chinese hobby before school, due to the time difference and a German hobby after school.
For newcomers to the school in Years 7-8 who may not have studied French before, extra support lessons are provided, enabling them to catch up with their peers. Currently this takes the form of extra French lessons during assembly times.
A highly successful French trip to Switzerland has been running for twelve years for Year 7 pupils. This is a real highlight for our pupils and brings many benefits; linguistic, cultural and social. The children receive three hours of French tuition in the mornings and in the afternoon there are planned visits to local attractions such as a chocolate factory near Evian, a visit to Lausanne, a high ropes adventure and a mountain walk in the Alps.