We aim to nurture a lifelong passion for learning modern foreign languages, ensuring that they are introduced in a way that is both enjoyable and fun. At the same time, we help children develop an awareness of cultural differences in other countries and widen their intellectual horizons.
We seek to make children aware that all language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another, laying the foundations for future study. We develop children's general speaking and listening skills and, using different language in a practical context, help pupils learn to communicate with confidence.
Currently, French is the main focus of lessons from Early Years up to Form 7. Our teachers are native speakers, which lends authenticity and accuracy to the children's studies. This is augmented with a very successful French club. There are also thriving Spanish and German clubs.
Our annual French week involves every class in numerous and varied activities related to French language, history, music, food and culture.
Being so close to the Continent allows us to use trips to consolidate the pupils' learning. Day trips are planned for the younger children and a highlight for our Form 7 is a five-day residential trip to France as part of our Leavers' Programme. There, amongst the exciting outdoor activities and watersports, the children spend a day on the battlefields of the Somme learning about life for the locals and for our troops during the First World War. The children also spend time in an authentic french market where they try out their skills in purchasing items from local stallholders.