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Modern Foreign Language

At East Dene Primary School we are keen to promote the study of a foreign language because of its increasing importance in the modern world.  We want to embed language learning into our curriculum.  This has been recognised in the National Curriculum where there is a statutory commitment to give every child between the ages of 7 and 11 the opportunity to learn a new language.


In French pupils will learn to:

  • read fluently
  • write imaginatively
  • speak confidently
  • understand the culture of the countries in which the language is spoken

We aim to ensure that pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Subject Content

French is usually taught in discreet half hour blocks in year groups.  Much language learning can be taught informally and incidentally through using the language for real purposes e.g. taking the register, classroom commands, maths mental warm-up, celebrating achievements and birthdays.  With the addition of this informal teaching time, the recommended one hour per week for the Key Stage 2 MFL framework is met.  French is delivered in Key Stage 2 by the class teachers.  For further information about how French is delivered throughout school please speak to your child’s class teacher and/or Mrs Spafford, our MFL subject leader.