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Saturday 9.30am to 2.00pm

Through lively and stimulating activities, children of primary school age build up a broad and lasting knowledge of the French language. Classes closely follow children's development and abilities.

Our teachers are all native French speakers and experienced in working with children. Our communicative approach ensures that every child is given ample opportunity to actually speak French.

 

AF Calendar for Chidren classes

 
 
 
Join anytime in one of our 3 terms of 16 weeks all year round or in one of our many one-off workshops and camps!
All children must be assessed before enrolling in a class for the fist time
 
 

General French Courses
Available Terms 1 & 2

Poussins (aged 5-6) 
This course uses a multi-sensory approach to the French language, aiming to focus on the imagination through the exploration of French fairy tales. Songs, arts & crafts, and poetry are just a sample of the in-class activities. The teacher will make use of literary children’s books from the collection “L’Ecole des Loisirs”. In September, parents will also have the opportunity to sign up to L’Ecole des Loisirs in order to receive their own copies of the books used in class.

Minimes (aged 7-9) 
Zigzag is a new learning approach for children which will take them on a trip through the French-speaking world alongside Félix, the little reporter, his young friend Lila, Madame Bouba, the greedy granny, as well as Titou the wolf, Pic Pic the hedgehog and Pirouette the owl!

Cadets (aged 10-12) 
- Learn to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases
- Introduce yourself and others, ask and answer questions about yourself such as where you live and about the people you know and your possessions
- Interact with others in a simple way

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School Holidays & Summer Programmes
Available School Breaks
(Halloween, Xmas, February, Easter)
and during Term 3 (Summer)

Every School Holidays we run Fun Camps over few days for children 4-6 and 7-11 years old.
These classes are led by child-friendly native-French qualified teachers. and include a lunch à la française in our French café. During those programmes all children are welcome, whatever their level of French!

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Bilingual French
Available Terms 1 & 2

These courses are specially designed for children who already speak French and who have no problem interacting in French. The focus of these classes is on writing and reading French.

Le club des Petites Grenouilles (aged 5-6) 
This class is open to children
who already speak French. This course uses a multi-sensory approach to the French language, aiming to focus on the imagination through the exploration of French fairy tales. Songs, arts & crafts, and poetry are just a sample of the in-class activities. The teacher will make use of literary children’s books from the collection “L’Ecole des Loisirs”. In September, parents will also have the opportunity to sign up to L’Ecole des Loisirs in order to receive their own copies of the books used in class.

Poussins Bilingues (aged 7-9) 
This class is open to children who already speak French. This programme focuses on the introduction of written French. Children will learn how to read and write through literary books adapted for their age group. The programme takes place over 2 years.

Minimes Bilingues (aged 7-9) 
This class is open to children who already speak , read and write in French. This programme focuses on expanding children's vocabulary and mastery of the language. While oral is still important, starting to work on written skills is essential. Children will work all year long on projects in which they will practise their French. Different kinds of written materials will be studied such as comic strips, short stories, articles, novels, poetry, plays and so on. Children will also be prepared for the DELF Prim’ A1 exams.

Cadets Bilingues (aged 10-12) 
This class is open to children who already speak , read and write in French. This programme focuses on expanding children's vocabulary and mastery of the language. While oral is still important, starting to work on written skills is essential.  Children will work all year long on projects in which they will practise their French. Different kinds of written materials will be studied such as comic-strips, short stories, articles, novels, poetry, plays and so on. Children will also be prepared to the DELF Prim’ A1/A2 exams.

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Curriculum / Course Content Class Format Camps & School Holidays
 

Class Activities
Activities are varied and stimulating and include a range of fun activities suited to the various age groups, such as role-plays, mimes, songs, arts and crafts, board games and team projects.
A variety of material is also used in class, such as pictures, audio and video materials.
While vocabulary is important, we also aim to give children the communicative skills that will enable them to express themselves in French.

Class rules
Despite the playful nature of our courses, certain rules need to be followed so that class-time is productive and enjoyable:
- Children should bring a special French copy and folder to class every week and also a pencil case with markers, crayons or colour pencils, a pencil, a rubber, a ruler, a pair of scissors and a stick of glue.
- Children should behave in a manner conducive to learning and be respectful to their teacher.

Permission Slip to be completed and returned to the teacher during the first class.

 

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