Learning an additional language has a range of benefits for children. It helps to break down social barriers and encourages cross-cultural understanding, as well as helping the individual to boost their problem solving, memory, critical thinking and listening skills. Being able to speak and communicate in a second language can even help improve understanding of areas such as grammar in their first language.
At St Nicholas, we aim to provide all of our children with a high-quality education in foreign languages, which develops their love of learning about other languages and cultures. We aim to ensure that by the end of Year 6, pupils have an understanding of both spoken and written French, the confidence to speak in French with others and an appreciation of the advantages that being competent in more than one language. Although we only deliver French formally as part of the statutory KS2 curriculum, there are a range of opportunities for younger pupils to build their language skills, including volunteers coming into the classroom and lunchtime French clubs.
Our overarching aim is to inspire our pupils to continue to pursue languages beyond primary, and to explore the world with the confidence of knowing how to communicate effectively in French.
Click here to view the whole-school Progression map for MFL (French).
Click here to view the whole-school Long Term Plan for MFL (French).