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Our Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum

Curriculum Intent


Modern Foreign Languages should be a chance for every child to experience and gain an appreciation of the many languages around the world alongside societal awareness and an opening to other cultures. At Greswold, we want to lay the foundations for learning further languages and empower the children with the opportunity to travel, study and work abroad in the future. We want our children to gain solid language-learning building blocks in speaking, listening, reading and writing.


Through teaching and learning in engaging and inspiring ways, we hope to enable pupils to express ideas and thoughts in another language and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. Children will learn to communicate for practical purposes, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. More importantly, we want to provide them with a thirst, curiosity and enthusiasm for language learning - we will help children learn in an area they may never have experienced or attempted before, creating a great sense of self-esteem and success.


Please note that our curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages begins at the start of Key Stage 2 in Year 3.



Click here to view the National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages.


Year 3 and 4   


Children will will begin their language learning journey at Greswold, learning French. The focus is to start to realise the importance of language learning, make connections with French and English and start to learn and remember vocabulary that could help them with daily life in a French speaking country.  Through the use of songs, role play, games and written activities, they will build up their vocabulary and their speaking and listening skills in French with the aim of being able to speak in a short conversation with simple sentences by the end of the year. There will be links to French in the real world, looking at Geography, place and culture. Units will cover how to greet others, how to express preferences in animals, drinks, food and activities and how to count in French. Children will have opportunities to practise listening to a native French speaker to hear correct pronunciation before then being able to speak the language itself; this will come alongside opportunities to apply their learning in writing and reading contexts as well. Our aim is to make lessons fun and a safe environment where they can give language learning a go. 



Year 5 and 6  


In Upper Key Stage Two, children will start a two year curriculum of Spanish language learning - this is their chance to build up to being able to hold conversations on different topics and gain confidence in another language.  The children will be shown how to make links between different languages and develop their skills further of learning a language, including Grammar points. Lessons will focus on children building up their language conversational skills, reading and writing more in another language and building their confidence in communicating. Topics will focus on everyday language such as the date, the weather, their home and their classroom. Again, lessons will be taught in interactive ways with plenty of opportunity for role play, singing and practice.


Units of Study






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European Day of Languages 26/09/22