The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Modern Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. (National Curriculum)


At The Spinney Primary School, we value the many languages spoken in our school community. We have a strong focus on effective communication throughout our curriculum, which extends to our MFL curriculum.


Pupils are taught French weekly from Year 3 until Year 6 using the Language Angels scheme of work. Our approach to teaching French is underpinned by an understanding that learning one language opens the doors to learning others. By learning languages, we encourage children to broaden their horizons and appreciate the fact that they are global citizens. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.


Pupils in KS1 are exposed to a variety of other Modern Foreign Languages through a weekly session focusing on the "Language of the Term".


We seek to empower our children for their future where living, working or travelling abroad may require the confidence and skill to communicate in another language.

Our goals are that pupils will learn to:


  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

MFL at The Spinney Primary School