Modern Foreign Languages

From Class 1 onwards, children learn a wide range of French vocabulary and short phrases through songs, verses, poems, recitation, games and cultural activities. In these earlier years, the emphasis is on listening and speaking: the children internalise the new sounds of a language and are more able to pronounce them accurately whilst their innate language instinct is still more present. The written language is introduced towards the end of Class 3 or beginning of Class 4 where pupils also begin to gain an understanding of the grammar, spelling, phonics and structure of the language. In the older classes, there are occasionally opportunities for individual exchanges and pupils from overseas Steiner schools sometimes visit us.