French is taught throughout the girls’ school career at Pembridge Hall, from Year 1 up to Year 6.
The emphasis in the Lower School is primarily on developing the girls’ responding, listening and speaking skills, with the lessons taught through interactive songs, rhymes and games.
From Year 3 the girls are introduced to writing in French; as their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar develops they are able to work towards writing longer and more complex sentences in Year 6.
Pupils study 5 main topic areas during their time at Pembridge Hall:
- Myself and family
- School and daily routine
- Home, town and local area
- Free time, clothes and shopping
- Food and drink
We subscribe to the interactive language learning website Linguascope, which pupils can access at school and use at home in order to consolidate the vocabulary learnt at school. Pupils have access to French books they can borrow and Year 6 girls receive a magazine called ‘Allons-y’ every two months.
Special events are planned throughout the year in order to enhance the French curriculum. Highlights include The European Day of Languages in September, a day trip to the Christmas market in Lille, French theatre company visits in the Lower School and a week’s immersion in France for the Year 6 pupils at the wonderful Château de la Baudonnière in Normandy.