French at Witham Hall is taught by a specialist teacher from Year 3 to Year 8. Schemes of work are reviewed each year to take into account any changes in the attainment targets and programmes of study for pupils in Key Stages 2 and 3, as laid down in the National Curriculum, and take account of the framework for teaching modern foreign languages. However, because most of the children sit the Common Entrance Examination which might, at present, contain structures and topics which are not necessarily needed at Key Stages 2 and 3, the schemes of work also take into consideration the requirements of the Common Entrance Board's own French syllabus.

The French Department aims to maximise the potential of all pupils, create a stimulating environment and prepare pupils for life in an international community. In doing so we seek:

  • To generate the practice of independent learning.
  • To develop the ability to work with others.
  • To assess pupils' progress at regular intervals.
  • To monitor pupils' work and to keep detailed records on a continuous basis.
  • To produce helpful and constructive reports.
  • To implement a system of regular work to be done during prep or at home.
  • To ensure that all work is consistently checked and feedback, where appropriate, is given and targets set.
  • To recognise and accommodate the differentiated needs of individual pupils in each discrete attainment target.
  • To support extra-curricular activities which aid in language learning.
  • To maximise the use of target language.
  • To use a variety of teaching approaches to cater for the pupils’ individual ways of learning.
  • To give an understanding of the structure of the language.
  • To use authentic materials whenever possible.
  • To stimulate language through a variety of creative activities.
  • To develop a multimedia approach.

As part of our desire to engender an awareness of cross curricular links and to raise awareness of the culture, background and history of the country, our Year 7 pupils undertake a week-long residential trip to France in the first half of the Michaelmas Term (Pictured above).