Years 3 & 4
In Years 3 & 4 lessons are highly interactive and dynamic, involving plenty of participation. The emphasis is on learning and using as many phrases and elements of vocabulary as possible, and above all on fostering the desire to participate in oral lessons without fear of mistakes or embarrassment. The importance of more formal, structured and systematic approaches to phonics and the relation between graphemes and phonemes creates increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation. Throughout these years children broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, using visual clues or a dictionary, as well as their previous knowledge of French. Written French and basic grammatical aspects of the language are carefully introduced to provide the children with a sense of achievement from rising to the challenges presented.
Years 5 & 6
During their final two years, children continue to strengthen their interest for and commitment to French. The four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are promoted through a wide range of activities, games and role-plays. Authentic resources such as songs, poems, interactive material and newspaper or magazine articles enhance the process. The pupils use these skills creatively to expand their knowledge and understanding, and to deal with the unexpected.
Children demonstrate an increasingly high level of accuracy and, as a result, use French more freely and spontaneously to express what they want to say, both when talking to each other informally or writing imaginatively. They develop their ability to write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences to express ideas clearly. They speak with growing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say by asking questions or using the available resources more independently. In Year 6 children benefit from our partnership with l’École Saint-Louis, Chantilly, France and exchange letters and presents with their pen pals on a regular basis
It is vital to reinforce the children’s recognition of a range of language structures and to boost to their enthusiasm and enjoyment of other cultures. Therefore, children in Years 5 & 6 have the opportunity to study additional languages. Year 6 learn Spanish as part of the curriculum and access Mandarin and German through extra-curricular clubs. Classical Studies and Latin are also taught during the final two years in order to further our children’s grammatical knowledge and understanding of sentence structure. Our children leave us with a sense of respect towards the people, lives and traditions of other cultures.