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Statement of Intent

Imagine- Through MFL, the children will use their imagination to encourage children’s confidence and curiosity about different languages. The MFL planning is carried out in order to create links with the cultural differences of other countries, including our children’s home countries, allowing them to explore links between their own languages and those taught.

Be Kind and Respectful- The intention of the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) curriculum at Willingdon Primary School, is that children are taught to develop an interest in leaning other languages in a way that is fun and exciting, encouraging them to be kind and respectful to differing cultures and languages.

Challenge Myself- Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing and games. As confidence and skills grow, children record their work through pictures, captions, sentences and then paragraphs – using learnt conjunctions to extend their pieces of writing. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics.

Be Responsible- We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply other languages in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.

Be Reflective- We encourage children’s confidence and curiosity about different languages.

Take Care- French is monitored by the MFL Co-ordinator by using a variety of strategies, such as monitoring, lesson observations, staff discussions and pupil interviews. Feedback is given to teachers and leaders use the information to see if the children know more and remember more.


Learning a language is a life skill that provides clear benefits, including:

  • increased employment prospects
  • confidence to communicate when abroad

Research shows that learning a language at an early age can improve academic performance.

Learning a modern foreign language is a requirement in the national curriculum for Key Stage 2. It prepares pupils for further learning, both at secondary school and beyond. After speaking with local secondary schools, we chose to teach French throughout KS2. This will develop a broad range of skills for pupils to build on. The aim is to foster a passion for learning languages.

A qualified French teacher give lessons to each class once a week and follows the Language Angels scheme of work. Children learn vocabulary, grammar and aspects of other countries' cultures. 

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