French begins in year 1 and from year 2 is taught as a specialist subject. The emphasis is on having fun and initially the focus is on speaking and listening using puppets, role-play, songs, videos and games. Grammar is introduced in year 5 and by the end of year 6 most pupils have reached a very good level in all the basic skills.
In the recent language focus, the whole school was involved with plays, a French "wake and shake" and in different forms of communication, with parents and teachers sharing their expertise in many modern languages.
In year 6 there is the hugely popular week in a French chateau in Normandy. Pupils are taught a variety of fun activities, such as canoing, assault course and archery by French animateurs (who do not speak English!)
“Pupils are diligent and approach learning with evident enthusiasm and enjoyment. They respond positively to the high expectations of their teachers and there is an air of purpose and determination to do their best.”
Latin is introduced in year 5 and continues into year 6. Roman culture, history and Latin grammar make up the curriculum. Pupils are often amazed to discover how much of their language is rooted in Latin. Minimus the Mouse and Cambridge Latin are used as course books.
There is a year group visit to the Corinium museum and another to Chedworth villa in year 6.