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Modern Foreign Language

Curriculum Rationale

At Benington, we use Twinkl to support our French curriculum. The early acquisition of a foreign language study of languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.

Impact: Learning a language helps develop confidence and raise cultural understanding and deepens their curiosity about the world around them.

Implementation: Lessons offering appropriate challenge ensures children learn effectively, continuously building their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Impact: Children continuously build on their knowledge as previous language is recycled, revised, recalled and consolidated.

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.  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 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.  Language teaching should provide the foundations for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

At Benington the pupils are taught French in Key Stage Two.  We are very fortunate in having a native French speaker who teaches years 3 and 4.

Department of Education’s Statutory Guidance on the Foreign Languages Curriculum