Curriculum Co-ordinator: Nicky Brooks
In the Pre-Prep, French is studied in Year One and Two, when children are introduced to both the culture and the language. In Year One, children are taught by their class teacher. In Year 2 they are taught by a specialist teacher from the Prep School, and the curriculum is then reinforced through activities led by the class teacher.
At this early stage, the emphasis is on enjoyment, culture and language awareness. French is taught through puppets, songs, DVD clips, games, rhymes, role-plays, interactive stories and responding to simple questions. The aim is for the children to see language-learning as an enjoyable and informal extension of the curriculum. The focus of the children’s learning is vocabulary that will help them communicate, rather than the basics of French grammar. At this stage, the children learn new words through exposure, repetition and enjoyable use, such as competitive games— they are not expected to learn by rote!
Wherever possible, French topics are linked to other areas of the curriculum to make the learning context more relevant.
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