French – Mandarin - Latin

There are many proven benefits to learning another language—from better results across the curriculum and improved examination grades to increased creativity and empathy. There is no better time to learn a new language that when you are young and there are few better subjects to create a positive attitude to active engagement and problem solving within the classroom. Leicester Preparatory School has chosen to strengthen its curriculum with languages because we feel certain that the study of language facilitates a wide range of skills and attitudes that filter out to help to build a child’s character: tolerance, empathy, confidence, awareness, memory, empowerment and pleasure.

The study of French throughout the school by a specialist teacher has led to a growing confidence in language. Pupils are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities including drama and eventually attend a trip to France where French conversation is fully encouraged. We are one of the few junior schools in the country that will be offering a DELFExamination (accredited by the “Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques”) to our children to give further value to their studies and motivate them towards their senior school studies. In the upper school the pupils are encouraged to take home French reading books to share with their family and build confidence in translation.

Through a partnership with the Confucious Institute, Leicester Preparatory School offers Mandarin Chinese to all of the pupils. This partnership not only gives us access to native Chinese teachers but also to a broad range of cultural activities including Chinese pen- friends. Our pupils are encouraged to take the YCT (Youth Chinese Test) examination in year 5 or 6. Chinese reading books also gives the pupils confidence

Learning classics is a brilliant way to support our pupil’s literacy. It helps them make connections between Latin and English grammar and vocabulary, and gives them the key to unlock English. It also gives them a deeper cultural knowledge, helping them understand common concepts and phrases like “et cetera” and “Achilles’ heel".

The Classics with its abundance of myths and legends also boosts pupil’s learning across the curriculum. It extends English vocabulary, supports children to learn modern foreign languages, and has enormous cross-curricular potential, drawing in literacy, history, geography, art, drama and philosophy, as well as helping children with maths and science vocabulary.