This summer marks the end of a two year professional development project for Hillside staff that has been financed by the British Council. Thanks to an Erasmus + grant, four members of staff have been able to participate in intensive French training courses in France and also set up a link with a French primary school.
Mrs Potts and Mrs Clarke were the first members of the Hillside contingent to undergo the training which was based in the picturesque city of Carcassonne. During their 8 day course last June, they worked on their existing language skills and developed ideas and resources for use back in school. They also spent a day teaching and observing in the Jules Ferry primary school in Leguevin, near Toulouse, which was very interesting. Mrs Fletcher-Curran and Miss Jagota then went out to Carcassonne in October for similar experiences and training.
Since returning from the course, Mrs Potts has updated our school policy for the teaching of French and developed a Scheme of Work for Key Stage 2. Our Key Stage 1 children have also been able to receive some French teaching – this year Mrs Clarke has been teaching French to Reception and Year 1 children, supported by Mrs Fletcher-Curran and in September Miss Jagota will build on the French teaching with the year 2 class.
It was a fantastic and enlightening project for all four members of staff and one that will impact upon the teaching of French at Hillside for many years to come. We are very grateful for the opportunity and the funding!