At Wetherby Kensington, every boy from Reception to Year 3 is taught French. We believe that it provides our boys with a good opportunity to acquire language learning skills from the earliest schooling age. By the time they leave Wetherby Kensington, they have a solid linguistic structure upon which they can build.
During the introductory stage, the language is taught orally through songs and games, with the emphasis being very much on fun-based activities. Reception boys learn simple topics such as numbers, colours, greetings, animals and food and drinks. In Years 1 and 2, we introduce some simple phrases and easy grammatical concepts like action verbs and negatives.
The time allocated to French lessons is thirty minutes per week, during which the boys have the opportunity to acquire a knowledge base in the language and a growing familiarity with French culture.
Wetherby Kensington boys are also encouraged to communicate in French during the lessons and the assessment of their oral and written performances is on-going.