MFL (Modern Foreign Language) prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. The rise of international commerce means that pupils need to be equipped with the skills needed by the international workplace. The choice of which language to teach is secondary to the lifelong language learning skills that the pupils will be encouraged to develop. Skills that they will be able access in the future, to learn new languages or to improve their competence in an existing language. Increased capability in the use of MFL promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
¨ To increase children’s linguistic competence through regular timetabled sessions
¨ To exploit cultural links and experiences when opportunities arise.
¨ To promote positive attitudes towards language learning through a range of learning activities.
¨ To develop listening skills and phonological awareness
(with particular emphasis in KS1 Y3/4).
French is taught regularly to ensure progression and skills development but other languages are taught on suitable occasions to ensure that the linguistic expertise of all staff is used. Christmas carols, festivals, geography project work all contain foreign language elements.