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St Mary's Bentworth

Church of England Primary School

Love, Respect, Belong

French

Intent

At St Mary’s, we teach French as our Modern Foreign Language (MFL) from Year R. We believe learning a foreign language enriches children's experiences of their immediate world and provides an opening to other cultures and communities. Our MFL curriculum fosters our children's curiosity and deepens their understanding of the wider world. It enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It also provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes. We believe our curriculum provides a strong foundation for learning further languages later and may inspire them to hope to study and work in other countries.

 

Implementation

Our language lessons are planned and delivered using Primary Languages Network. Our MFL teaching is systematically planned by building vocabulary, skills and knowledge over time. Due to our mixed year group classes, we have adapted the delivery of the curriculum.  This ensures that each class and year group makes progress as they move through the school.  Working with Primary Languages Network we have tailored out programme to ensure every child builds upon previous learning. Our children learn French through songs, stories, role play, art and games. Our focus is building our children's confidence at speaking French with correct pronunciation as well as developing vocabulary. Lessons provide opportunities for speaking and listening, as well as developing reading and writing skills. Lessons are interactive and French is spoken as much as possible.

 

Impact

When children leave St Mary’s, their learning in MFL will enable them to speak French for practical purposes. They will also be able to express themselves through simple French writing for a variety of audiences. They will have a better understanding of another culture and the importance of respecting others’ beliefs and traditions.

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