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Modern Foreign Languages

At Shrubland Street Primary School, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils.  Learning a modern foreign language is vital to becoming a global citizen, it is another way for Shrubland Street School to help our learner to appreciate the language, culture, religion and people of another country; appreciating their similarities and differences.

Furthermore, it helps pupils to develop their communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extending their knowledge of how language works.

Specifically the aims and objectives of the MFL curriculum include:

  • To foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils;
  • To stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity in experimenting with it;
  • To support oracy and literacy, and in particular develop speaking and listening skills;
  • To help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences and to provide a vehicle for multi-cultural understanding.
  • To lay the foundations for future language study;
  • To provide an added perspective on first language teaching and learning;
  • To give an extra dimension to teaching and learning across the curriculum


At Shrubland Street, all the children in Key Stage 2 learn French for one hour per week. 

They learn how to ask and answer questions about themselves, how to count to 20 and beyond, how to ask for food and drink, how to describe their families and how to put together simple sentences about other topics they are learning about, eg the planets, and the Romans.  The children enjoy French lessons as they provide lots of opportunities for games to practise the new vocabulary.  In year 6 the children have French penfriends who they write to about themselves, what they learn at school, and what they do in their spare time.  This gives them a real writing focus for their French skills. 

There are language days in school where children can ask for their food and drink in French as well as trying French foods, and learn French playground games and some French history.  They also recently learnt about French Christmas traditions and had a French visitor who explained lots of French traditions to them.  Key stage one children take part in the French days and can take part in a French club during one term.  

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