Pupils look forward to their weekly French lessons, singing songs and playing games to help familiarise them with some basic language.
Years 3 and 4
We use the interactive course Tout le Monde with stories, games and songs to help the children on their way.
Pupils also have the opportunity to practise French independently, using the computers in one of our ICT suites.
Years 5 and 6
Pupils use the Clic course to help consolidate and extend the French they have already learned and put together longer sentences.
There are still plenty of games, and ICT continues to play an important part in language learning. Pupils also have the chance to practise role-play situations and start writing their own.
Years 7 and 8
Although learning is more formal there is still a great emphasis on fun. We challenge our pupils to use their knowledge creatively, using ICT, writing poetry and acting out sketches. Those who choose to participate in our French trip will also have the opportunity to try out their language skills in real life situations.
In Year 8, pupils have the opportunity to expand their MFL studies with either Spanish or German.
Over the year, some of our pupils relish the opportunity to take part in competitions. Our annual European Day of Languages competition is always very popular, and in recent years, we have had huge success in the Language Perfect World Championships.
When a new pupil joins us, we take into consideration any previous experience in French. New Year 7 pupils have the opportunity to join a Beginners group to get them up to speed. Pupils coming into other year groups will be supported by their teacher, in order to help them integrate as smoothly as possible.
Here at Wycliffe Prep, we love languages:
Year 8 enjoy a taster of Japanese, when Senior School members of staff come to the Prep School to introduce their subject.
Middle Prep pupils have recently been offered the chance to learn some Mandarin.
Throughout the year, a number of Saturday mornings are dedicated to language learning activities. This may consist of participating in an extended activity, using a language already being taught, for example, creating a treasure hunt, following the topic of Directions; or it could be the opportunity to try a taster session in a new language.
Our aim is to build confidence in our young people and equip them with the skills they need to develop their linguistic ability and broaden their horizons.