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Prep (Ages 7-13)

Modern Foreign Languages

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At King's College and King's Hall School

Why Study a Language?

French is studied from Year 1 in Pre-Prep and continues throughout the Prep School from Years 3 to 8. In the first few years it is taught in a variety of ways, using song, finger rhymes and lots of fun.

As children move into the Prep School, most lessons are taught in a dedicated suite of classrooms that are equipped with interactive whiteboards which complement an excellent range of resources. Each classroom also has access to 'learnpads' that are used to enhance learning.

Although the emphasis is firmly on listening and speaking, children develop their reading and writing skills to a high level, and are accomplished learners by Year 8.


Events & Opportunities

In Year 5, children have the chance to take part in a Chinese hobby before school (a teacher in Beijing leads the session) and a Spanish taster. For those newcomers in Years 7 and 8 who may not be as experienced in French-speaking, extra support lessons are provided, enabling them to catch up with their peers. Currently this takes the form of extra lessons during assembly times.

For twelve years we have taken Year 7 pupils on a highly successful French trip to Switzerland. This is a highlight for our children and brings many benefits; linguistic, cultural and social. The children receive three hours of French tuition in the mornings and in the afternoon there are planned visits to local attractions.

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