At Church Langton CE Primary School, the intention of our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum is to develop an interest in and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of Spanish and the understanding of its culture in enjoyable and stimulating ways. We hope to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. We aim to build the children’s ‘culture capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures. In short, we hope to lay the foundations for future language learning.

Children at Church Langton start to learn Spanish in Foundation Stage at the age of 4, continuing all the way through key stage one. In Years 3–6 the children then start to learn French. These lessons are delivered by our specialist language staff.

Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. We ensure children acquire a bank of vocabulary organised around topics. We ensure development is progressive as teachers plan to build on previous knowledge from units already studied.

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Pupils will learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people.

Our philosophy is to provide the children with fun, lively lessons where they can learn in a positive and enthusiastic environment. The aim is to engender an excitement through exploring language which will lead to the children wishing to continue with their languages studies as they move beyond Church Langton.

In the lower part of the school the emphasis is on speaking, playing games, singing songs and reading short simple stories.  In Year 6 the children have the opportunity to take part in a French Speaking Competition as part of our membership in the South Leicestershire Collaborative Partnership..

Within our school we embrace the languages that our pupils speak at home. Classes have undertaken heritage projects linked to the backgrounds of pupils in the school as part of our global learning work.

In addition we organise additional language based learning experiences. Japanese has been our main focus in recent years with a Japanese day involving other schools, a trip to the Japanese embassy in London and the teaching of Taiko Drumming for the year five pupils.