MFL- Intent Statement
At Wren Park Primary School, our key aim in the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages is to allow children the opportunity to increase their cultural capital, foster their curiosity and open their mind to a world much wider than their own, whilst celebrating the diversity of the different languages spoken at Wren Park. We aim to provide high-quality, progressive French lessons which lay the foundations for future language study, equipping children with the skills and prior knowledge to help their transition into secondary education.
MFL is a highly inclusive subject; our dedicated French lessons introduce children to the culture and language in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils. Specific skills, concepts and vocabulary are taught, whilst allowing children to develop their communication skills in speaking and listening, as well as providing opportunities for reading and writing in the Foreign Language. As with much of the broad and balanced curriculum at Wren Park, the main emphasis of the sessions is on having fun and engaging children’s interest by using a variety of teaching methods such as song, dance, role-play and games.
Through the MFL curriculum we study language as well as the wider aspects of geography, history, culture and traditions of another country. Building this understanding and interest helps celebrate similarities and differences between children’s own experiences and those of their peers in other parts of the world. We hope this build’s the children’s own sense of place within the world, British Values and inquisitiveness in other places and people. Communication is the key to building strong relationships with others and knowing we can communicate with others who do not speak English is an important aspect of our work. Although we teach French as a main language, we recognise that many of our children are talented, skilled and bilingual and we use opportunities across the curriculum to celebrate and learn from our young experts.