Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages School Policy


An awareness of a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. At St Paul’s it is our intent to foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world through high-quality languages education. Children should begin to be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We would hope that our language teaching provides the initial steps for a desire to learn further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.


The teaching of Primary Languages across the school follows the National Curriculum mainly using Early Start Language resources, Pupils are generally taught weekly and enjoy answering the register and following simple classroom instructions in either French or German. At the end of each academic year, a Languages Day takes place when the children enjoy dressing up and taking part in activities from either France or Germany. The sampling of different foods and drinks is always very popular! In Lower School the children study French, whilst in Upper School, German is studied. This is because our main Secondary School alternates between offering French and German in Year 7.

Through regular teaching, children are taught to:

-listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding when they feel confident

-explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and start to link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

-engage in supported conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification

and help when required using Dictionaries, classroom displays and by asking another pupil or member of staff.

-speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures

-present ideas and information orally

-start to read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing

-appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language being studied

-broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

-start to write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly

-describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing – using prepared scaffolding as required

-understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine and masculine forms

and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

-have an insight into the life, culture – including school life - and geography of both France and Germany. This is enhanced by links established through Town Twinning with schools in both France and Germany.


Assessment of children's learning in Primary Languages is an ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.

Primary Languages is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of book monitoring, drop-ins and informal pupil interviews to discuss their learning and understanding and establish the impact of the teaching taking place.

MFL National Curriculum

St Paul's Curriculum Tracker

Progression of Skills


Diary Dates