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Modern Foreign Languages

All children from Year 1 study French, where they develop their speaking and listening skills, and learn the basic counting and greetings.

Our Modern Foreign Languages Intent

At St Francis we aim to deliver a Modern Foreign Languages curriculum that develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills in French. This will stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. This begins in KS1 where children use listening and speaking skills through songs, games and other activities. In KS2, activities are planned to support the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Through learning other languages, the children gain a new perspective on the world and are encouraged to understand their own cultures and those of others. 

Age-appropriate Primary Languages learning opportunities are provided for children across the school and the teaching ensures there is a progression of the skills taught and the children can build on their prior learning. In Key Stage 1, children join in songs, rhymes, raps and stories which enable them to practise the sounds of the language in an enjoyable and non-threatening way. In Key Stage 2, children are given opportunities to listen carefully and recognise sounds and combinations of sounds which are similar to, or different from, those of English. Children understand and respond with increasing competence, accuracy and confidence in a range of situations involving conversational and written French. Opportunities are given for children to read stories and rhymes for enjoyment and to gain awareness of the structure of the written language; write sentences and short texts independently and from memory. Children discover different cultures through their own internet research and are able to compare these with their own. Our pupils are encouraged to be curious about these other cultures and to create their own enquiries to answer. 

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Further Information

 Our MFL Intent Statement