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Modern Languages

Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Overview

Modern Foreign Languages Intent and Implementation

At Cardinal Newman, we greatly value the importance of early language learning and believe all children should be given the opportunity to understand cultures and customs, other than their own.

Our pupils have weekly French lessons from Year 3-6. We follow the Rigolo programme. Lessons incorporate the skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing Particular attention is given to speaking and we endeavour to build confidence from basic vocabulary in Year 3 to longer phrases and simple sentences by the end of Key Stage 2. Year 6 pupils are given the opportunity to participate on the annual trip to Normandy and use their French in real life situations.

In addition to in class MFL lessons, pupils have the opportunity to attend extra-curricular clubs in French, Spanish and Italian.

Our aims at Cardinal Newman are to:

- Foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils.

- Develop an ability to communicate in everyday situations through speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

- Stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity of language.

- Encourage children to gain an understanding of the differences in language structures.

- Help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences.