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Modern Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. (NC 2014)


At Osmotherley Primary School we strive to provide a high-quality Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) education, which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to speak, listen, read and write in French.

There is a clear progression in the skills and knowledge taught throughout the school and deliberate practice allows children to improve fluency leading to mastery and an alteration to their long-term memory.   The MFL curriculum will prepare the children for the study of modern foreign languages at KS3.

We encourage our pupils to develop an understanding of the French language and culture.  The children will learn about France.  The study of MFL at Osmotherley School promotes diversity and helps children to express their own personal identity and culture.

We recognise that, as a rural school, some pupils have a limited opportunity to experience cultural diversity so we endeavour to bring other cultures into the classroom.

In KS1, the children learn colours and numbers to 10 and to use simple greetings by learning songs in French and dancing to French songs.  In KS2, children develop knowledge of the French language, expand their vocabulary in French and learn how to speak, listen, read and write in French. 


Although MFL is not taught at EYFS and KS1, the children join in with songs, rhymes and dancing in French to learn numbers, colours and simple greetings.

Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Progression