‘One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.’ Frank Smith.
The acquisition of language skills is more than just learning to speak a foreign language. It has a wider impact on children’s intellectual growth and enriches cognitive development.
We aim to make French lively, varied and enjoyable and to give our children the capability and confidence to understand and use French for effective communication. Our teaching approach is to foster a love of other languages and encourage the necessary skills that will lay the foundation for future language learning. Pupils develop the ability to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves accurately in speech and writing. In the Early Years and Key Stage One we place great emphasis on oral and aural skills. Reading and writing skills are gradually introduced from Class Two. By the time the girls leave us they have a sound grasp of basic syntax, a wide vocabulary and are ideally placed to make excellent progress at their next school.
Pupils put their French into practice with a fabulous four day trip to Northern France in Year 6 where the visits involve lots of French speaking activities to encourage the girls to use in real life what they have learned in the classroom.
Class 1 Proudly Presents ‘Les trois petits cochons’!
Miss Richards and Mrs Bates were treated to a wonderful performance of The Three Little Pigs – all in French!
Bon appétit ….
At the end of the Autumn term the Early Birds enjoyed a delicious French breakfast with croissants and chocolat chaud as a treat for all their hard work every week on Monday mornings.
Link with a French School
We are very excited to have established a link between the Granville and an English club in Paris.
The children in Transition (3 – 4 year olds) have been busy learning lots of French words for fruit and vegetables.
Class two have now finished their topic on Autumn and the finale was a grand singing of one our favourite songs this term ‘Cinq petits oiseaux’.
Year 6 spent three days in France at the beginning of May. Click here to read about the 2015 trip ….