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Modern Foreign Languages

At Whale Hill Primary School, French is taught at KS2 in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and we aim to develop and promote an interest in language learning in a way that is both enjoyable and stimulating. Our planning is based upon the CGP Salut! scheme of work that offers a carefully planned sequence of lessons, ensuring progressive coverage of the skills required by the national curriculum while providing children the ability to learn French for use for practical purposes and in everyday contexts. It provides opportunities to interact and communicate with others both in speech and in writing. The scheme also is based upon authentic French and offers regular opportunities to listen to native speakers.  It is the intention that in Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening skills. These will be embedded and further developed in Upper KS2, alongside Reading and Writing, gradually progressing onto more complex language concepts and greater learner autonomy. We hope to prepare and motivate them to continue their language learning journey at secondary school and beyond. In addition, the children are able to compare a foreign language with that of their own and this, in turn, encourages them to be aware that language has a structure and that the structure differs from one language to another. Our MFL curriculum aims to encourage the children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world beyond where they live. The curriculum, including our Year 6 visit to France, aims to provide the children with the experience and knowledge of not just other countries and their language but also to develop their awareness and acceptance of cultural differences.

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