Modern Foreign Language

Gipsy Hill

We encourage our pupils to be lifelong learners in every aspect of their lives. There are many advantages of learning another language at primary school. 

Research suggests that simply thinking in another language helps creativity, flexibility and decision making skills. It opens children’s eyes to a new and different culture and language, and encourages their enthusiasm and motivation for learning further languages.  The teaching of a new language also enriches the children’s English language skills, as they use what they learn in one language to reinforce what they have learned in another.


  • To encourage and motivate pupils to be lifelong learners of a number of languages.
  • To develop their confidence and competence in a foreign language as well as enjoyment and engagement
  • To learn how to learn a language successfully
  • To identify links and patterns between different languages, enriching their experience of literacy


Effective language teaching at primary level includes:

  • Short but regular lessons with lots of opportunities for oral rehearsal
  • Repetition of key vocabulary and language structures
  • Opportunities to apply key vocabulary and language structures
  • Enjoyment of language learning through songs and games
  • A cumulative approach building up understanding of language patterns and grammar through their application of prior knowledge.
  • Opportunities to develop intercultural understanding and awareness
  • Opportunities to reflect on the strategies and structures that they have used and how this applies/compares to prior knowledge as well as other languages.

Kingswood, Elm Wood, Crawford, Fenstanton and Glenbrook: French

A non-specialist model is used based on La Jolie Ronde scheme of work. Each lesson is divided up into four 15-minute parts to support regular repetition. It includes songs sung by native French speakers as well as sound files modelling the correct pronunciation and a range of engaging games and activities for the whole class as well as for children working in pairs. All Key Stage Two teachers have received training in the delivery of MFL using the scheme of work. The scheme of work is cumulative from Year 3 through to Year 6. This year the whole of Key Stage 2 are following the Year 3 scheme of work to ensure that all children have a firm foundation before moving on.

Overview of the topics covered in the scheme of work.

The non-specialist model is also supported by the use of a native French speaker. This year a Foreign Language Assistant is working across the above schools and has delivered 30-minute lessons fortnightly in all classes. She has supported teachers with the delivery of accurate language models and has also shared a range of cultural experiences with the pupils at all the schools.

Paxton: Mandarin

Children in Nursery through year 4 attend a 30 minute weekly session of Mandarin Chinese.  Year 5 and 6 children attend a 40-45 minute session.  All lessons are delivered by a Language Teacher.  Learning is further supported by periodic homework, newsletters home and a wordpress site with links to sound files, games and videos.

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  • Year 4 PGL Residential 2017

    Day 1 Four seasons in one day We started bright and early ready for our adventure to PGL. Parents waved us off gleefully as we bordered the coach (possible looking forward to some child-free time). The coach journey was pleasant and the children enjoyed moving through the familiar landmarks of London and out beyond to the less familiar countryside. Once we arrive we quickly saw our family of federation schools waiting for us. We soon realised that we were in for a wonderful time with our friends. After a hearty lunch, we split into our mixed federation groups. Children and adults dispersed across the site to begin the many exciting activities. We climbed, jumped, swung and abseiled like we were fearless. We cheerer on our friends and supported those who needed our support. Unfortunately the weather did not match our enthusiasm and spirit as we experienced sun, rain, hail and then back to sun again..truly four season in one day! Nevertheless and not to be defeated we continued on and showed our true determination to do what we had set out to do.... learn, have fun and make new friends. Day 2 Facing our fears! After a full breakfast we were ready to face our fears and challenge ourselves to achieve all that we can. We had a range of exciting outdoor activities to try and we were keen to get started. At the crate challenge we learned how to belay correctly. Our instructor Katie taught us a rhyme to help as remember to belay correctly. We learned that it is very important to 'lock off' so that we can help our friends to climb safely. Stacking and climbing the crates was quite tricky and we had to balance carefully. When we could climb no more, we got to swing off and kick the mountain of crates over. We thought this would be scary but as soon as we jumped it was exhilarating and felt like we were flying. Another activity we really enjoyed was 'The Giant Swing'. This is a highlight for many children and we had been told all about it from the children who went to PGL last year. The swing is quite daunting to look at. It is like a giant trapeze suspended high in the sky. You have to have a harness and be safely strapped into it before you can have a turn. Your friends have to use their muscles to pull the rope which winches you as high into the sky as you dear to go. Then you count down 3-2-1....ahhhhh! It's definitely an experience we will cherish from our primary school days.

    Year 4 PGL Residential 2017
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