At Crosfields we see learning a foreign language ultimately as an insight into how language functions and how different cultures compare and contrast. Teaching pupils the essential skills of Communication are central to what we do. Our language department includes French, Latin (Year 7 & 8) and a Spanish Club.
We firmly believe that encouraging language learning from an early age, whilst ensuring pupils see the relevance of their learning in the real world, is the best way of developing lifelong language learners.
Nursery children get a flavour of different cultures and languages throughout the year in various Collects and especially in the Autumn term with our sensational French day. Highlights of the day include a session where older pupils perform playlets or a puppet show. Senior pupils also have the opportunity to teach French games to the pre prep.
Reception children have regular visits from Madame Baldwin: a fun session full of songs, stories and games all in French.
French is taught in form groups between Years 1 and 4: Speaking remains the key skill; however very quickly pupils enjoy the challenge of understanding the difference between languages and start learning grammar, which reinforces what they study in English.
Pupils are set in Years 5 to 8. The Speaking element remains hugely important, supplemented by increasing coverage of the three other language elements - Reading, Listening and Writing. The curriculum is broad. From Year 5 we start studying the key topics required for Common Entrance and GCSE and prepare our pupils for Academic Scholarship very early on. We also help all our pupils becoming independent learners by teaching them the skills to use grammar efficiently.
Latin is taught to the top set in Year 7 and 8 and some pupils will sit the Common Entrance if required for their Senior school.
During Year 7, the children spend a week at a beautiful Chateau in Normandy and are fully immersed in the language, food and culture.