Bilingual section

Bilingual children living in an English environment often have a good understanding of the French language but need encouragement in order to speak fluently and to learn to read and write. Our aim is to help these children develop their oral, reading and writing skills. Our classes follow the French curriculum for primary school children and employ methods developed specially for bilingual children, whose linguistic needs are different to those learning French as a foreign language.

We offer several classes for children from bilingual families. We keep all of our classes small in size to maintain the high quality of our lessons.

Maternelle Petite Section for Pre-School and Nursery children

Lessons are based on the Early Years Foundation Stages and on the "Maternelle" (Petite Section) program; which promotes learning through play, music, song and creative activities.

Maternelle Moyenne Section for Reception children

Lessons are based on the Early Years Foundation Stages and on the "Maternelle" (Moyenne Section) program; which promotes learning through play, music, song and creative activities.

Maternelle Grande Section for Year 1

Lessons continue to be based on the Early Years Foundation Stages and the French curriculum (Maternelle Grande Section). The focus is on oral expression, expanding vocabulary and enjoyment. Basic French phonics will be introduced during the end.

CP for Year 2

Lessons continue to be based on the Early Years Foundation Stages and the French curriculum. The focus is on oral expression, expanding vocabulary. French phonics will be reinforced.

CE1/CE2 for Years 2 & 3

Lessons are based on the French Curriculum for this age group, promotes the learning of reading and French linguistics. Oral expression remains a primary focus, as well as vocabulary enrichment, but the child will also be presented with written texts. Basic grammar, simple syntax and familiarisation with cursive French handwriting will be gently and progressively introduced.

CE2/CM1 for Years 4 & 5

Lessons are based on the French Curriculum which, for this age group, promotes the study and increasing mastery of French language, while at the same time providing an introduction to literature. Oral expression and vocabulary enrichment will remain a major focus: pupils are encouraged to ask questions and express their opinions, as well as participate in role-plays or short plays. In addition to the teaching of grammar (syntax, conjugation, word terminology and functions, etc...) and spelling (dictations), there will be an introduction to French history.

CM1/CM2 for Years 6 & 7

Lessons are based on the French Curriculum which, for this age group, promotes the study and increasing mastery of French language, while at the same time providing an introduction to literature. Oral expression and vocabulary enrichment will remain a major focus: pupils are encouraged to ask questions and express their opinions, as well as participate in role-plays or short plays. In addition to the teaching of grammar (syntax, conjugation, word terminology and functions, etc...) and spelling (dictations), there will be an introduction to French history.

Les Ados for Years 7-10

Lessons will continue to reinforce the French grammar and written expression as well as oral expression and understanding. There will also be special one-off sessions for preparing fast track French GCSC.

Classe de Soutien: Petits, Benjamins et Cadets

These classes have been created to support children who are not exposed to French regularly. These classes' objective is to reinforce the oral expression and understanding. Eventually, the aim is for children to reintegrate the bilingual section. Parents' support is essential.

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Class times

All our classes for bilingual children are held on Saturdays. Lessons are 1 hour and 3/4 long from either 9.00am to 10.45am or 10.45am to 12.30pm.

Address

Garden Fields School
Townsend Drive
St Albans
AL3 5RL
 

Fees

Fees per term 1 child 2 children 3 children
Each term £135 £257 £371

Our fees are based on 32 lessons per year.

Calendrier

Our lessons take place during school term time only and run for 32 lessons per year.

Autumn term 2016
First lesson : Sat 10 Sept
Half Term : Sat 22 and Sat 29 Oct
No lesson: Sat 3 Dec
Last lesson : Sat 17 Dec

Spring term 2017
First lesson: Sat 7 Jan
Half term: Sat 11 and Sat 18 Feb
Last lesson: 25 Mar

Summer term 2017
First lesson: Sat 22 Apr
No lesson: 20 May
Half term: Sat 27 May and Sat 3 Jun
Last lesson: Sat 15 Jul