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Modern Foreign Languages at The Pines

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things. Flora Lewis.

Vision and Intent

At The Pines, our vision for the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is that children will have their eyes opened to learning different languages and that the foundational knowledge they acquire will inspire all children to make the most of future opportunities to further their linguistic skills. 


We aim to:

  • Provide an engaging, motivating MFL curriculum that promotes a love of languages
  • Ensure all children learn the basics of French language structure and grammar, enabling them to transfer these skills to other languages at secondary school
  • Develop both oral and written language skills through the use of high quality resources 
  • Model accurate pronunciation and develop children’s confidence in speaking French

Our Curriculum Drivers are reflected through our MFL curriculum as it:
Helps children understand THEIR PLACE IN OUR WORLD, enabling them to communicate with those from other countries.
Gives children confidence with LANGUAGE & ORACY so they can express themselves to others
Enables children to LEARN the SKILLS of perseverance and learning from mistakes as well as being active learners
Supports children in understanding the importance of self-expression for maintaining a HEALTHY MIND



The impact of our MFL teaching is evidenced through teacher assessment, low-stakes tests and lesson observations. Discussions with children and pupil voice surveys provide evidence of confidence, engagement and attitudes towards languages. The written and spoken outcomes of children’s learning demonstrate that they know more, can do more and remember more in MFL.


 - Children at The Pines have a secure foundational knowledge of French

 - Children’s knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical structures are on a par with or exceed that of their peers as they move to secondary school

 - Children are confident to speak in French and have improved their oracy skills through their learning

 - Children have a positive attitude towards learning languages