At Airthrie we aim to promote an interest in language and culture by making our learning fun and exciting.
French is taught throughout Airthrie from Nursery to Year 6. Specialist teachers develop our pupils’ knowledge through practical, fun and imaginative lessons using music, language games, storytelling and role-play. In the older year groups we extend pupils’ versatility and vocabulary with a focus on the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
LANGUAGE VISITS AND CELEBRATIONS
Our Year 5 and 6 pupils visit France for a week-long visit to Maison Claire Fontaine, a French Language and Activity Centre in beautiful Burgundy. The children are immersed in French with daily lessons followed by on-site activities such as cooking, picnic preparation and pétanque alongside visits to a market, chateau, restaurant and a local historic town: all carried out in French.
We encourage our pupils to enjoy every language opportunity and have had lots of fun during our French Day, French Language in the World Day and an International Day.
Airthrie’s Year 4 pupils are assured of a warm welcome at a local French restaurant, L’Artisan, where they are invited to select their food in French; whilst our Year 5 and 6 classes develop their language skills with recipe reading and creation followed by practical cookery sessions in School.
In addition, we have weekly Spanish and French Clubs and welcome German teachers on an annual basis. During Chinese New Year we hosted Chinese teachers and pupils in School for two weeks, for an immersion in Chinese culture and language.