Modern Foreign Languages

Within our schools we teach French as a modern foreign language in order to prepare our children for a rapidly changing world. Learning a foreign language prepares our children for life in modern Britain, in which work and activities increasingly involve using languages other than English.

Through learning French we want our children to:

  • Enjoy using a language other than English.
  • Develop a better understanding of the English language, language learning and communication.
  • Develop an awareness of cultural differences and develop a tolerance of diversity within society.
  • Be open-minded and adventurous in all aspects of their learning.

Early Years Foundation Stage

In the EYFS children are given the opportunity to explore other languages through stories, song and celebrations. Developing their communication and language skills further.  Responding to what they hear and understand with relevant comments and questions.

Key stage 1 and 2

We believe that it is a good idea to introduce a new language to children while they are at primary school, as they tend to be less self-conscious when speaking aloud.

The earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language is acquired.

We use a variety of techniques to ensure children enjoy learning French: these include games, role-play, songs (particularly action songs), storytelling and interactive ICT programmes. To bring the language to life we incorporate real objects and events e.g. food, clothes, puppets, toys, celebrations and links to children in French speaking countries. We watch videos and listen to recordings in order to expose the children to more than one voice in French. We make our lessons entertaining and enjoyable in order to develop a positive attitude towards learning a foreign language.

We collectively celebrate our achievements in French during our French Week in the last half term of the school year. This enables the children across the school to use their skills and knowledge of the language of French and the French culture.

Tacolneston and Morley CE VA Primary Schools Federation

Claire Cumberlidge

Key Stage 2 Foreign Language