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French

We aim to give children an eagerness to learn languages and appreciate other cultures, countries and people.

We provide children with the chance to develop their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills whilst acquiring good pronunciation. We aim to make language learning exciting and fun through extensive use of our own materials, iPads to record rôle plays and language learning apps. Children progress through the years from Nursery where action songs, games and simple conversations help introduce everyday vocabulary to Year 6 where children build their vocabulary, confidence in speaking and knowledge of grammar ready for the next stage of Senior School. Children in Years 5 and 6 also have the opportunity to see a French play performed by a visiting theatre company.

Aims of the French department

  • To encourage the joy of learning another language as early as possible. The children start learning French in Nursery.
  • To learn French through a blend of oral and practical activities with the addition of reading and writing as they progress through the school.
  • To learn how to communicate in French, through role-play in order to gain confidence in speaking French.
  • To use vocabulary appropriate to their age, knowledge and understanding of the world in a variety of interesting and authentic contexts.
  • To learn about the country itself, its geography and its culture.
  • To encourage the children’s awareness of their own language.

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Ten Tors

Blundell’s School had five Ten Tors Teams who completed the gruelling Ten Tors challenge.

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Summer Cricket at Blundell's

Under 15s National Cup: Blundell's v Marlborough College

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Devizes to Westminster 2022

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Two pupils awarded the Blundell’s White Blazer

White blazers are awarded to pupils who achieve Full Colours in three areas of the school.

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The Exeter Chiefs England Rugby Academy

Congratulations to Dan, Ben and Will who have been selected for the Exeter Chiefs DPP U18 Academy Programme. It's great to see our strong connections with Exeter Chiefs continue.

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Exeter Cathedral Carol Service

The carol service in Exeter Cathedral is always one of the highlights of the school calendar and this year certainly did not disappoint.

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Why is music important?

Music ignites all areas of child development and skills, including intellectual, social, emotional and motor language. It enhances good concentration and develops listening skills so that the child can achieve academically in all areas of the curriculum.

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