Modern foreign languages


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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We want to ensure that our pupils have an excellent start to learning modern foreign languages, that they are excited to be learning to speak and write in French and have an introduction to the culture of France. That pupils are taught in an engaging and interactive way that promotes their learning.

MFL Implementation Plan

MFL implementation plan 2023-2024


MFL long term plan 2022 new

National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Language:

National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages

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Examples of children’s work in MFL

MFL Around School

Miss Mathias was enjoying her time with reception class, who wished each other a Happy New Year in French, then went on to sing heads, shoulders, knees and toes!

Yr5 learning numbers to 100 through action songs.