Modern Foreign Languages

Arabic and French

The study of a modern foreign language is increasingly important in a global economy and also has great value in terms of cultural and linguistic richness in our society, personal fulfillment, global citizenship and understanding. Through the study of a foreign language, pupils understand and appreciate different countries, cultures, people and communities and as they do so, begin to think of themselves as citizens of the world.

Our MFL teachers are confident with the full range of learning styles and ensure the learning is very active with a range of enjoyable activities, like puppets, songs, poems, finger rhymes, learning games, dance, listening, speaking, writing and reading activities and the integration of digital learning.

Learning a language enriches the curriculum, it provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge.  All our students have the opportunity to learn Arabic, with the more formal lessons commencing in Year 1 with Arabic A (first language speakers) and Arabic B (second language speakers) lessons.  In all classes there are children with differing language abilities, we recognize this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. Our goal is to foster an interest and enthusiasm for learning an additional language in a stimulating, enjoyable, fun learning environment where children actively take part and learn.

From Year 3 students will be given the opportunity to learn some aspects of French.  Children who struggle with aspects of basic skills should not be overburdened or left out. Our specialist teachers decide what level of input is appropriate and differentiate accordingly as learning a foreign language should be fun for all children.  Our fluent French-speaking children act as helpers and are given extended tasks and more open-ended questions whilst students who have had no exposure to French may attend catch up sessions held outside the normal lesson time during after school clubs once a week every term.

Our teaching and learning is strengthened with the use of and for practicing French at home and extension activities.