At Lingfield Primary School, we teach Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) from Year 1 to Year 6, although it is not a requirement in years 1 and 2. The main language taught is French, extending to German in Year 6.

We aim to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world through teaching them about the language and culture of other countries. This enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to speakers, both in speech and in writing. Learning MFL gives opportunities for children to communicate for practical purposes; learn new ways of thinking and read literature in the original language. Language teaching provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils with the necessary skills and knowledge to study and work in other countries.

Through MFL, children have opportunities to listen to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding. They explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes, using actions to help memory and pronunciation. During weekly lessons, children engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others.