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Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Leader: Mrs Handford

Governor Link: Mrs Jarvie


At St. Joseph's, KS2 pupils follow the 'Salut' program. Our children begin the Salut programme in Year 3. However, in Reception and KS1, children are encouraged to learn some of the key French words such as answering the register and greeting each other. Each lesson in Salut introduces new words to help children expand their French vocabulary. The lessons across each unit incorporates fun games, stories and songs to support their understanding of the French language. 


Language learning stimulates children's creativity and our children enjoy taking an active part in language lessons. They join in with singing, reciting rhymes and poems, and respond to stories. They play games, take turns,  and experiment creatively with language. Children spend much of their time in language lessons speaking, listening and interacting. They take part in role-plays, conversations and question and answer activities, sing songs and perform to an audience.This emphasis on communication, underpins children's capabilities in oracy, which is critical to effective communication as well as a key foundation for literacy.  


Language learning supports and celebrates the international dimension. Although it enjoys much more linguistic diversity than in the past, England remains a place where the motivation to learn another language is affected by the position of English as a widely spoken, world language. This makes it even more important that we give all children the chance to learn a language in order to gain insights into their own lives and those of others around the world. They need the chance to make contact with people in other countries and cultures and to reflect upon their own cultural identities and those of other people.


The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity; continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied


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Learning a foreign language contributes to the development of our children’s listening and speaking skills. It also develops the children’s grasp of linguistic features such as rhyme, rhythm and emphasises the importance of knowing the role of different word types in sentence structure.


Children reinforce their Maths skills by playing time-related games in a foreign language. We play number games, too, that reinforce their counting and calculation skills, expand their understanding of date, and increase their knowledge about money.

Personal, social and health education (PSHE)

One of the main benefits from learning a modern foreign language at primary school level is a social one. It gives our children the opportunity to learn about cultures from a different country. Lessons also give children the opportunity to take part in paired/ group work.


In MFL lessons children will learn the names of cities and towns in France and will also begin to describe the weather and climate. Our children develop an awareness of the wider world around us.



Skills progression


At St Joseph's, the children's learning is assessed using teacher assessment and the children are tracked using the progression tools on Cornerstones where we are able to individually track each child's progress. 



We have been looking at Art from around the world and recreated some of our favourites.

Water Class have explored music from around the world and compared Frere Jacques in French and English.

European Language Day

Fire Class have been learning to count to ten in French. We have also looked at Henry Matisse art work and recreated some of his famous art.

French Afternoon! We have enjoyed singing French songs and sampling French foods!