‘Sanskrit’ literally means ‘well formed’ or ‘refined.’ It is a classical language predating Latin and Greek and has the ability to act as a model, teaching children the fundamental principles of language. Its grammar is thought to prevail as the underlying grammatical system of most Indo-European languages.
This thorough knowledge of grammar ultimately gives the pupils a greater clarity and accuracy in thinking, reading and speaking, thereby preparing them well for whatever they will undertake in life.
The structure of the Sanskrit alphabet, which children are introduced to at the age of five, is scientifically ordered. The sounds of the alphabet are comprehensive in their range and considerably broaden the linguistic skills of the children at an early stage.
The teaching of Sanskrit at St James is intended to be inter-disciplinary, particularly enriching and aiding the study of English.
The learning of French provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. Introducing young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun helps to develop an awareness of other cultures, reinforce social skills and encourage a wider view of the World.
Games, role play, songs, puppets and soft toys are used to aide the childrens’ active engagement in the lessons.
There is an emphasis on listening and speaking skills to help the children feel the rhythm of the French language. Multi-sensory and kinaesthetic teaching methods are used to to reinforce memory.
French is introduced to the children from Year 3. In addtion the school hosts a French club available to all children from Year 1.