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MFL Curriculum

"A different language is a different vision of life,”   Federico Fellini


MFL Curriculum Intent 

Many of the children at St Dunstan’s speak English and an additional language, including Spanish,

Italian, Farsi, Kurdish and Tigrinya and Arabic. The approach in French lessons is to celebrate the use of French and all languages, with the intent that all pupils will develop a genuine interest, positive curiosity and pride about other foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating.

Learning a second language offers pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.

We aim for all children to develop the confidence and resilience to speak a modern foreign language with good intonation and pronunciation.



Curriculum Implementation 

French is taught on a weekly basis throughout Key Stage 2.

By the end of Key Stage 2 and through the use of songs, rhymes, stories, poems and games the children will be taught to:

  • Listen attentively to the spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language and link spelling, sound and meaning of words.
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, express ideas clearly.
  • Describe people, places, and things orally and in writing.
  • Understand some of the basic grammar in French.


Curriculum Impact 

Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

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St Dunstan's RC Primary School

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M40 9HF

Head Teacher- Mrs Eccles
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Senco - Mrs G. Baker

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