Peterchurch Primary School


Under the National Curriculum 2014, it is statutory that children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) are taught a modern foreign language. We have decided to teach French, as we believe this will give the children the best preparation for the continued teaching of French at secondary school. Although it is non-statutory, we also teach children incidental French in Key Stage 1 as a preparation for the more formal learning higher up the school.

At Peterchurch Primary School we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them 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, promotes global citizenship and encourages them to understand their own cultures and those of others.


The aims of MFL teaching at Peterchurch are to:

•              foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils;

•              stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity in experimenting with it;

•              support oracy and literacy, and in particular develop speaking and listening skills;

•              help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences and to provide a vehicle for multi-cultural understanding.

•              lay the foundations for future language study by pupils;

•              provide an added perspective on first language teaching and learning;

•              give an extra dimension to teaching and learning across the curriculum.