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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world”

(Chinese Proverb)

Modern Foreign Languages at Oakwood


MFL Intent

Since September 2014, language learning has become a compulsory subject of the National Curriculum for children in Key Stage Two.

At Oakwood Primary School our chosen language is French. The children begin to learn French from Year 3. We aim to provide all of our children with a high-quality education in French through an exciting, enriching and stimulating sequence of lessons for each year group where the children are taught both skills and knowledge. We aim to foster a love and curiosity of learning a new language and finding out about a different culture and traditions. 

Learning a language helps children to build confidence, resilience and self-esteem, which has a positive effect in other areas of their learning. We will develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a variety of authentic sources – songs, poems, stories and rhymes. We use a scheme of work devised by Rachel Hawkes who is currently Co-Director NCELP, the National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy. Theme days, French visitors, links with local secondary schools and French schools will promote subject interest and cultural understanding.

We hope that children leave Oakwood with a passion for languages, which they can continue to pursue at secondary school.

Whole school MFL overview and skills progressions