Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

At Higham St John's. we teach French in Y3, 4, 5 and 6.

Children have an innate desire to communicate and a natural ability to acquire language.  By age 11, that facility starts to disappear, which is why it is so important to introduce languages at young age and give children a positive experience by making learning fun and engaging.  We hope to instil confidence in using French whilst preparing children for future language studies by acquiring transferable skills – in class we talk about being detectives and looking for connections in words to decipher unknown words and text.  This also gives children a deeper understanding of their own language.

Languages and an appreciation of other cultures helps to broaden the mind so we talk a lot about French life and customs.  

We really hope that through our lessons, children learn to appreciate their place in the world with relation to other cultures, learn to think more broadly, and realise that learning is something that we continue to do through life and not just at school.  Acquiring a language is a wonderful skill for life and the amazing thing is, that however fluent you become, there is always more to learn.

French Long Term Plan - 2023-2025

Higham St. John's Statement of Intent (MFL)