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It is the aim of the French Department to provide pupils with the competence in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing required for entry to their senior schools via the Common Entrance or Public Schools Scholarship examinations.
Further to this, great emphasis is placed on communication in the classroom and we endeavour to build up oral confidence and fluency in this way. Having the opportunity to practise French in an authentic context is essential – our two annual trips for Year 7 and 5 to Paris and Normandy respectively are always hugely popular and beneficial to all concerned.
Head of Department: Pascale Simonin
All pupils begin learning Latin from Year Six with the vast majority continuing through to Common Entrance. We give each pupil a mastery of the grammatical basics which will enable him to translate confidently passages of Latin, whilst at the same time giving a foundation that will improve English vocabulary and grammar to assist with the study of other modern foreign languages.
During Years 7 and 8, pupils study Latin with the help of bespoke vocabulary websites and software applications to support Common Entrance Latin; this helps students master the intricacies of Latin into English translation.
Pupils also undertake a Latin course whilst in Year 4 as a part of Junior Activities. The pupils are introduced to basic Latin words including Roman characters guiding them through their study.
Head of Classics: James Baxter