Modern foreign languages

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Learning a foreign language at primary school provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world they live in.

At St. Mary’s we believe our teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1. Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  1. Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  1. Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

4. Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

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French lessons in action

Miss Mathias from Junior Jam comes into school on Wednesdays to teach our chosen Modern Foreign Language to KS2 children. As you can see below from year 6 and year 3, lessons are extremely interactive and fun.

innovative and purposeful, in readiness for future language studies.