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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

The modern foreign language that the children at St Mary’s learn is French. This is taught in Key Stage 2. The emphasis is initially on speaking and listening. We believe that many children enjoy learning a language, and the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired. 
It is also widely believed that the early acquisition of language learning facilitates the learning of other languages later in life.

Children learn to recognise basic words and sounds in French from Year 3 and gradually can put sentences together, providing them with the opportunity to hold a small conversation by the time they are in Year 6.

As children make progress in speaking and listening they begin to develop skills in writing in French and can construct sentences and short passages by the time they are ready for High School.

We use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to actively engage in modern foreign languages. These include games, role play and songs (particularly action songs).
We aim to make lessons as entertaining as possible, and realise that this approach supports the development of positive attitudes in the children when learning modern foreign languages. We aim to build confidence through constant praise for any contribution they make in a foreign language.