BELIEVING, LEARNING AND SHARING TOGETHER: Industrial action is planned for Wednesday 1st February. This means school will be closed for EYFS and Class 3 pupil only. Everyone else needs to attend school as normal. We have an unexpected place available in EYFS - if you are interested in this please contact the school office. Please can I remind parents that holiday leave in term time is not authorised. The approved holiday list for 2023-24 is now available to view in the parent - term dates section of the website.
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MFL Curriculum Statement 


We believe that learning a foreign language provides children with a wonderful opportunity to understand the structure of language, which enhances skills in English as well as in the new language being learnt.  It exercises the mind, providing direct problem-solving and enhancing the skills involved with code–breaking.  It fosters children’s curiosity, giving them the opportunity to understand people from cultures different to our own, which is so vital in developing the underlying respect for all people that our Christianity requires of us. 


Through learning new languages, children increase their ability to communicate with other human beings, to show friendship and unite our world.  Through learning one language, children often develop the skills required to learn a variety of other languages and they can see patterns and relationships between a range of languages.


We aim for our children to be able to express their thoughts and ideas in French and to understand and respond to speakers of French in speech, reading and writing.  Through discussion and asking questions, we aim that children will continually improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation, understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources, speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say including through discussion and asking questions, write at varying lengths, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French.


The formal teaching of French is established in Key Stage 2.  Children in Key Stage 1 have access to an enrichment activities through French Club, which introduces basic greetings and conversational French through learning songs and playing games.

All children will be challenged to be inquisitive, compassionate, courageous and creative learners. They will have opportunities to influence their own learning through age appropriate and progressive themes and topics. Effective learning characteristics including being ambitious, reflective and imaginative will drive teaching and learning in French.


As pupils progress, they will be able to compose sentences and communicate more independently in French. They will hopefully wish to experiment with speaking and listening to each other in French outside lessons, acknowledging that French is a vibrant language that is spoken by millions of people as their first language around the world.


Their interest in French-speaking peoples may increase, as they come to appreciate that many countries in deprived parts of the world speak French and that many disadvantaged groups of people, such as cocoa farmers, also speak French, through work linked to Fair Trade and ecological issues.


By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils will know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the National Curriculum for learning a modern foreign language.


Our children will have a confident set of communication skills and knowledge, supported by Christian values which they can apply to understanding and serving the needs of people in our world, thus enabling them to be ready for their next stage in education and to live and grow as citizens in the world today.