French is fun. Reception children enjoy coming to the Languages Room for their weekly French session. They sing, learn finger rhymes and also play games. In 2014 Reception have enjoyed their "Café Français", c'est fantastique!

Year 1 continues to build on the vocabulary learnt in reception through a variety of interactive activities and Year 2 have the opportunity to use their skills at a local French restaurant. By Year 4 children are more confident to take part in role plays and enjoy taking part in "Le petit déjeuner Français" our lovely French breakfast.

Year 5 spends a long weekend in the Pas-de-Calais region - the visit to the chocolate factory ties in with studies in Geography. They also learn about cheese production - in French - when they visit the goat farm. They go shopping in a French market as well as a supermarché. The wonderful French sea-life centre in Boulogne combines Science, Art and French studies and the activities on offer at the chateau where they stay make this a thoroughly good introduction to France and the French way of life.

After some initial revision at the beginning of the Michaelmas term, Year 6 continue to build on the language taught in Year 5 and have many opportunities to use their French in varying role plays and speaking activities. By Year 7, pupils are more proficient in languages and start preparing for their Common Entrance or Scholarship Examinations. Year 8 have varied activities in class - cooking in French, looking at French artists and learning about the francophone world.

There is also the opportunity for children to go for a week to Le Chateau de La Baudonnière in Normandy. Visits can include the Bayeux Tapestry, le Mont Saint Michel and a French market. The favourite activity is often le Parcours de Santé (the assault course), but bread-making is a close second.

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