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Clerkenwell Parochial CofE Primary School

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French (MFL)

Language learning supports oracy and literacy. Children spend much of their time in language lessons speaking, listening and interacting – more than in most other subjects. They take part in role-plays, conversations and question-and-answer work, sing songs and recite, perform to an audience and respond to a wide range of aural stimuli.


Language learning leads to gains across the curriculum. Children approach a broad range of learning activities in a new and challenging context; these relate to mother tongue literacy, to mathematics and other subject areas such as geography, music and citizenship. This can lead to deep learning and significant gains in their general understanding as they recycle and reinterpret existing knowledge. Through the conscious development of language learning they are also learning how to learn.


Language learning supports and celebrates the international dimension. Although it enjoys much more linguistic diversity than in the past, England remains a place where the motivation to learn another language is affected by the position of English as a widely spoken, world language.


Language learning creates pathways for future language study.  As children acquire a new language they create pathways in the brain and good skills for language learning as they move on in their education.  They also gain better understanding of parts that make up language and can apply this learning back to their study of English or on to a new language.


Teaching Aims

• To foster an interest in learning another language;

• To become aware that language has a structure, and that this structure differs from one language to another;

• To develop speaking and listening skills.

• To gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement;

• To explore their own cultural identities and those of others.



At CPS, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our MFL lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. Children will have the opportunity to support their work with a variety of resources. We aim for a balance of whole class, group and independent learning. Wherever possible, we encourage children to use and apply their learning in other areas of the curriculum; ICT, PE and Music, for example, are particularly appropriate for cross-curricular teaching.


Our chosen language for KS2 is French.  We have chosen this due to our proximity as a nation to France, the historical connections to the school and the physical connection that our school has to Paris in being situated so close to the Eurostar terminus.


Over each unit, language lessons include a balance of listening and responding to French (AT1), opportunities for speaking including pair work and responding to the teacher (AT2), opportunities to read words, phrases and short passages (AT3), and opportunities to write words and simple phrases (AT4).