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MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)

Inspire • Enrich • Enjoy • Succeed


Our primary intention through the teaching of modern foreign languages is to develop our children’s interest and enjoyment in learning other languages. At STW, we believe that developing knowledge of places and cultures alongside the learning of a language is important, and we aim to achieve this in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating.


At STW, we have chosen French as the main foreign language that our children will learn. Opportunities for learning some of the basics of other foreign languages are carefully planned for through links with learning topics, i.e. Spanish through the Hola Mexico topic.


Planning and teaching is underpinned by the North Yorkshire Scheme of Work for French and provides not only the opportunity to learn how to speak and write French, but the chance for our children to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries, through our protected characteristics, British values and curriculum enrichment opportunities. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning. Although at Key Stage 1 there is no specific requirement for the teaching of MFL, we believe that introducing them to a foreign language at this age, in a fun, engaging and purposeful way, is hugely beneficial. Therefore, all children are regularly taught French across the primary aged years in school.