At Lindens Primary School we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils.
MFL helps to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. At Lindens we provide age-appropriate primary languages learning opportunities for all children throughout the school.
To ensure that our children at Lindens Primary School achieve a developed understanding of a Modern Foreign Language we choose to focus on French from Year 3 to Year 5, as the children having an extended knowledge of vocabulary, grammatical structure and spoken French is important to us. Then, to guarantee Lindens pupils the best start at Secondary School we also offer Spanish in Year 6 , as our main feeder school, Streetly Academy, teaches both languages. Although it is not a statutory requirement to teach MFL in KS1 we offer an introduction to French through story to replicate early language acquisition following a scheme called ‘One Third Stories’ when staffing and timetabling allows.
We feel that this, as well as incidental learning of languages through our creative topics in Key Stage 1, provides a solid foundation for learning as the children progress through school.
We use a variety of resources to ensure coverage of the Languages programme of study including:-‘Twinkl’ - which provides the basis of our schemes of work across years 3-6 for French and Spanish. ‘Salut’- which offers interactive games and activities when and as required and ‘One Third Stories’ -which offers early introduction to languages through story and role play.
Please refer to our policy document below to find out more about the teaching of MFL in our school:-