Modern Foreign Languages
Subject Lead: Mrs M Brookfield
“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”
– Nelson Mandela
At Abbey Hulton Primary School, we aim to develop children’s experience of language acquisition and encourage curiosity about languages. We develop their understanding of what they hear and read, and help them improve their ability to express themselves in speech and writing. Extending their knowledge of how language works and exploring differences between French, English and indeed other modern foreign languages is important. We also aim to strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in Francophone countries and comparing it with their own culture. Language learning and exploring other cultures helps children to develop personally, socially and emotionally. We introduce informal language learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage and continue to develop children's skills in key stage 1 and 2 so by the time children are in year 6, they have a firm foundation of French vocabulary, phonics and grammar, as well as key language learning skills to equip them for key stage 3 language learning and beyond.
At Abbey Hulton Primary School we believe that good modern foreign language teaching and learning happens when:
For details of our core vocabulary mats, knowledge organisers, vocabulary sheets and phonics mats, please visit www.languageangels.com.
What our learners say about French at Abbey Hulton Primary School:
"French is fun." Leo, Year 1
" I love French." Jully, Year 2
"When I talk to a French person, I can speak their language." Theo, Year 2
"I like it because if I go on holiday I will be able to speak another language." Cecile, Year 3
"French is easy and I like it. I will be able to talk to lots of people as lots of people live in France." Dominic, Year 4
"French can help you cross borders." Minnie, Year 4
"I like the accents and singing the songs." Lena, Year 5
"The French songs are the best." Alex, Year 6
Our reception class celebrated Chinese New Year by learning the key greetings (pronounced Gong hei fat choy), making Chinese lanterns, trying fortune cookies and sharing stories about the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the Rabbit.
Mrs Brookfield led an assembly about the European Day of Languages where diversity and culture across Europe was celebrated. At lunch time, the children enjoyed a variety of dishes from Italy, Spain, France and Germany. Thank you to Mrs Edwards and her team for providing this delicious menu, it was lovely to see some of the children tasting foods they had never tried before!