In Pre-Prep, Reception, Years 1 and 2 have continued to enjoy their Wednesday afternoon French sessions with me where we sing action songs to learn the colours, numbers, animals and weather, sung to familiar tunes.
Year 2 are adept at being able to sing and understand the French nursery rhyme: “Promenons-nous dans les bois pendant que le loup n’y est pas!” They have also been learning how to say and recognise shops and buildings in a French town and where you would go to buy various items, including that the “Hotel de Ville” is the town hall, not a hotel!
Year 1, enthusiastic as always, have enjoyed building their repertoire of action songs, including “Alouette”, this term and we regularly make wider connections to other languages that the children may be familiar with.
In the Prep School, Year 8 have completed their Common Entrance reading and writing papers with a positive approach and I have been pleased with the way Level 2 candidates have tackled the relatively newly introduced tasks of translation into French with impressively accurate results at times! This is a real test of application of grammar rules learned.
Years 5, 6 and 7 have been receiving and going through their assessment papers from before half term. Although French is a tricky language to write accurately, the pupils learn that listening, speaking and reading skills are sometimes more accessible and vital for meaningful communication. Everyone has their strengths in a language and comprehension takes time. Understanding exam techniques and grammar mistakes are all part of the process of learning.
Spanish lunchtime club: we have been fortunate in being able to offer a Spanish beginners’ club once a week, where a visiting teacher, Senora De La Zerda, inspires some of Year 6 to enjoy a new language.