Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Walsden St Peter’s Primary School teaches French as its Modern Foreign Language. The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all pupils. It also enables pupils to develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the French language and English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others.
Although foreign language learning is only statutory from Year 3, the children at Walsden St Peter’s are first introduced to French in Reception classes through greetings. In Years 1 and 2, classroom commands and games are used to familiarise the children with basic nouns and phrases, in preparation for the more formal teaching that happens from Year 3. Progression from year to year is ensured through following the teaching sequences and objectives in the Culturethèque teaching materials produced by Catherine Cheater for the Institut français.