Modern Foreign Language
MFL Curriculum Statement
French is taught at Harewood Primary School. We believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world where many have not visited beyond the local area, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. In EYFS and Year 1 we use the Dinocrocs emergent Language programme. During a practical ‘acting out’, staff will learn a story in the role of children (no-one speaks on their own) and there will be regular opportunities to watch film clips to promote correct pronunciation with follow up internet links. French is taught in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 in short regular sessions 3-4 times a week. Many staff are not language speakers and a scheme has been selected to support them in the progression of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation from Year 2 onwards. French is taught in a weekly 45 minute lesson from Y2 to Y6 using the Language Angels scheme that incorporates speaking and listening, reading and writing French. The schemes are visually attractive, interactive and engaging to the children.