All our pupils study French in the preprep and the prep schools. The majority of them pursue their French studies at GCSE level and some embark on AS / A2 courses. Our learners enjoy being taught by fluent French speakers, focussing on developing the four main skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening, whilst developing a sound understanding of French grammar. Cultural aspects of the French speaking world are presented to students and there are opportunities to consolidate their knowledge thanks to several outings to theatres and cinemas, as well as occasional trips abroad.
Preprep School Curriculum
The focus is on the speaking skill and pupils are involved in engaging activities such as song singing and role-plays. Everyday topics such as the weather, seasons and dates, family and animals are introduced.
Prep School Curriculum
Greetings and personal information, the alphabet, days, dates and numbers, countries and nationalities, family members and relationships, describing people and animals, school and daily routine, clothes, foods and drinks, shopping and eating out, types of houses and rooms, places in town and directions, the weather, sports and leisure activities, health problems and healthy living, holidays, France and its geography and main towns, jobs and pocket money, media, films and television programmes.
Senior School Curriculum
Travel and tourism including French speaking countries, cafes, restaurants and services, shopping for food and clothes, health and fitness, education, work and employment, media, culture and the environment, local areas, shops and directions, holidays and leisure activities, family, people and relationships, house, home and daily routine.
Youth culture and concerns, lifestyle: health and fitness, the world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French-speaking world, education and employment, customs, traditions, beliefs and religions, national and international events: past, present and future, literature and the arts.
Up to GCSE level, grammatical rules practised in class will be presented progressively to pupils and specific grammar points or tenses will be consolidated each year. The broad grammar points are the following : Articles/ nouns and pronouns / agreements of nouns and adjectives / asking questions / main tenses: the present, future, past and conditional of regular and irregular verbs/ prepositions.
A level studies will include much more complex grammar points such as studying the subjunctive, the imperative and the passive voice.