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 (from Nursery onwards) and Latin or Spanish (Year 6 to 8) .
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 Spring term with our sensational Languages days. Highlights of the days include a session where older pupils perform play lets or a puppet show. Senior pupils also have the opportunity to teach French/Spanish games to the pre prep.
Reception children have a weekly fun session full of songs, stories and games all in French. (Nursery children also start from Spring Term onwards).
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.
During Year 7, the children spend a week at a beautiful Chateau in Normandy and are fully immersed in the language, food and culture.
Year 6 , 7 and 8 pupils also get the opportunity to do either Spanish or Latin. We start studying the key topics required for Common Entrance and GCSE and prepare our pupils for Academic Scholarship too if needed for their next school.
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