Our aims in teaching Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) are to develop pupils’ communication and literacy skills and linguistic competence as well as to enhance pupils’ awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world, linking to our Modern British Values and life skills curriculum. Our goal is that we foster an interest in learning other languages by introducing children in a way that is enjoyable and fun. Our priority is to stimulate and foster their natural curiosity. We achieve this through a communicative approach in which all pupils can actively engage in meaningful tasks, with greatest emphasis placed on speaking and listening.
In FS and KS1 children “taste” new languages in story, songs and rhymes, progressing to short, intensive activities for Year 2 children. From Year 3 onwards, children follow the ‘Early Start Scheme of Work’ for French which provides a progressive and engaging approach to learning the language. Children in Year 5 even have the opportunity to visit France each year and test out their skills!