Learning a foreign language means so much more than the mundane accumulation of grammar and vocabulary. In the French department at Gad’s, we emphasise the cultural and social benefits of speaking another language, while also appreciating that to do so demonstrates bravery, creativity, open-mindedness and perseverance.
As our learners progress through the National Curriculum towards GCSE, we seek to incorporate as many authentic language experiences as possible into lessons. This could be through our study of French music, cinema or reading passages taken from real French magazines and newspapers.
We also try to provide as many opportunities as possible for children to experience France first-hand and so we offer trips with packed itineraries to several year groups. The Lower and Upper Fifth (Years 10 and 11) pupils stay in families for a week in Le Mans in the beautiful Loire Valley, while our Shells (Year 7) spend four days in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, near Le Touquet. We also organise a day trip to Saint-Omer for the Lower Fourths (Year 8).