Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages at Northwood Park Primary School 

At Northwood Park Primary School, we believe that Modern Foreign Languages are vital as they prepare pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world. Furthermore, the rise of international commerce means that pupils need to be equipped with the skills needed by the international workplace. Modern Foreign Languages promote initiative, confidence, independent learning and encourage diversity within the society. Overall, they provide a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all pupils. The chosen language at Northwood Park Primary School is French. 

Teaching a Modern Foreign Language is a statutory requirement from Year 3 to Year 6. French is taught as weekly (thirty minute) lessons by each class teacher in KS2 using The LCP New Generation Primary French Scheme. A variety of teaching and learning styles are used in our French lessons in order to ensure progression in children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. This includes a balance of whole class, group and independent learning. Children also have the opportunity to support their learning with a variety of resources. The choice of class organisation is determined by the learning task.

By its nature, Modern Foreign Languages involve lots of interaction with visual, auditory and kinaesthetic prompts. Lessons focus on speaking and listening and when appropriate, children record written work in books, which are passed through the years and become a portfolio of their learning. Learning another language also presents opportunities for the reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding in other curriculum areas. An understanding of the structure of a new language enhances the children’s understanding of their own language and so links closely to the English Curriculum. In addition, there are opportunities to link to PSHE & Citizenship, Geography and RE curricula in terms of the development of positive attitudes towards, and knowledge of, other cultures and countries. There are also links between the teaching of MFL and Maths, Science, Music, Art and PE. 

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