Modern Foreign Languages

What is a Modern Foreign Language?

Modern foreign languages are the study of languages other than English. It promotes a love and curiosity of other languages and cultures.

Modern Foreign Languages teaching at Leagrave is delivered in line with the National Curriculum requirements and supported by La Jolie Ronde French scheme of work.

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.

Children in a class at Leagrave Primary School

We currently teach French to all children in Key Stage Two. It is our intention that by the time our children reach the end of their primary education they have acquired a good understanding of written French and they are building the confidence to speak in French.

In Key Stage Two, children are taught how to communicate practically using the language they are learning. They will be able to ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to other’s; seek clarification and help; speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures. Children will develop the ability to read carefully and show an understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.

They will be encouraged to appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language they are studying. Finally, children will build their understanding of basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including feminine, masculine and neutral forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language and how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences.