Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
A high-quality language education foster pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world.
It will enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to speakers, both in speech and in writing. It will provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Modern Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
The chosen language for our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum is French. The content of our curriculum is mapped progressively, within the four areas of language, speaking, listening, reading and writing. Although non-statutory, French is introduced in KS1 (mainly through songs and actions), as it allows our children to have a great starting point in learning a language and means our children begin to develop their knowledge, primarily within the areas of speaking and listening. Building on the knowledge accrued within Key Stage 1, reading and writing are progressively taught alongside speaking and listening, throughout Key Stage 2, for 30 minutes per week. The learning of a language also promotes global citizenship, developing cultural understanding and providing our children with a deeper insight into beliefs, customs and cultures within the world around them. This is an integral part of our curriculum.