A Modern Foreign Language (MFL) was introduced into Year 4 at DWJS in January 2008 and was rolled out across the year groups so that every child in the school now receives about one hour a week of MFL.
We are very lucky at DWJS to have an excellent level of knowledge of French amongst the staff, including several trained specialists, and have therefore chosen French as the Modern Foreign Language to be delivered.
Whilst the focus is predominately on enjoyment of interaction through speaking and listening, recognising written French and being able to write in the target language also form a part of lessons. Alongside these traditional aspects of language teaching, and in line with the Key Stage Two Framework for Languages, activities designed to improve the children’s understanding of other cultures and their understanding both of how languages are structured and how they inter-relate are provided.
In addition to timetabled MFL lessons, care is taken to take advantage of other opportunities to integrate MFL into the curriculum such as registration in other languages and foreign language songs in assembly.