With a large percentage of words in English being derived from French, it seems hugely important to arm our young learners with new language skills and discover the roots of their own language.

In the current global village in which we live, learning new languages for both communication and academic purposes is a dynamic and very sought-after skill. Here at Moulsford we enable our boys to develop their listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation skills consistently and rapidly, whilst enjoying cultural days such as French Language Day and the French breakfast!

We believe that learning a new modern foreign language should be interactive, inspiring and fun. Luckily learning French naturally incorporates these elements, through communication with others in a range of contexts. Whether it be interacting whilst on holiday in a Francophone country, or impressing with their knowledge of French grammar, our boys will practise their French in a range of authentic contexts.

French is taught to boys from Reception to Year 8, along with Spanish. We aim to create a culture of curiosity and eagerness to learn in our classes. Boys will have the opportunity to practise their speaking and listening skills in even smaller groups within their class time, a skill which often seems the most daunting, but can also be the most fun! The highlight for Year 6 is most definitely the residential trip to St Omer in the summer term!

Chantal Percival
Head of French
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Head of Department Profile


 Head of FRENCH

Having grown up surrounded by many other languages, my love of learning about other cultures and travelling the  world attempting to speak them was fairly inevitable!

I have taught German, French and Spanish for several  years in secondary and primary schools nearby to  Moulsford. After living in New Zealand where I also taught, I am very pleased to be teaching French and Spanish  here at Moulsford, and getting involved in all the extra- curricular activities on offer.

I love spending time outdoors and sport is a real passion of mine, so I’m often running or cycling along the river or up a hill!