French

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 residential trip to Northern France in Year 6 where the visit involves lots of French speaking activities to encourage the girls to use in real life what they have learned in the classroom.

“Pupils extra-curricular achievement is excellent. [The clubs] provide extensive opportunities for pupils to find and develop their aptitudes and interests.”

ISI Report 2017

“The governors provide excellent oversight of the school, in line with the aim to provide a happy environment in which children feel secure and valued.”

ISI Report 2011

“Pupils benefit from an excellent all-round education… An atmosphere of enjoyable, collaborative endeavour permeates school life, and is reflected in high achievement across a wide range of academic and other disciplines.”

ISI Report 2017

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