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At Fordcombe Primary School we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our MFL lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s 
knowledge, skills, and understanding. Children have the opportunity to support their work with a variety of resources. We aim for a balance of 
whole class, group and independent learning. Wherever possible we encourage children to use and apply their learning in other areas of the 
curriculum; ICT, Geography, PE and Music, for example, are particularly appropriate for cross-curricular teaching. 


Our chosen language is French, based on popularity of choice at KS3, nearby secondary schools’ preferred languages, staff knowledge and 
availability of quality resources. The lessons are to be delivered by the MFL Subject Teacher or Class Teacher. 


Many Foundation and KS1 children attend a lunchtime French club on a voluntary basis. Children become accustomed to the French language, accent and intonation through French songs. They build their confidence and retain vocabulary through the songs and actions. Language songs, games and activities are highly enjoyable, motivating and inclusive and also develop other literacy skills. 

KS2 children are entitled to 45 minutes of MFL teaching a week and lessons aim to present new language once a week in the communicative approach, supporting new material with a balanced variety of activities enforcing learning through listening, speaking, reading and writing, games, role-play and comprehension activities. 

Directions in French!

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Oak class have been busy recently learning some all-important French phrases for asking the way….and understanding the directions given! Pupils have made tourist phrase books and now have become confident enough to record role-plays, practising the conversations.
It’s worth remembering, if you’re ‘Lost in France’ this summer!

Giving Pupils the Best Start to Their Education