Modern Foreign Languages

Our Curriculum Intent for Modern Foreign Languages

At Cuddington Primary School, learning a language provides a cultural experience for our children, which allows them to deepen their understanding of the world. We develop and extend children’s knowledge of how languages work, providing them with tools which enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond, both in speech and in writing.

Across the school, we primarily teach French however we also encourage wider opportunities for other language learning. The curriculum provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language, using a variety of authentic sources. This enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

The linguistic skills learnt lay foundations for further language learning, enabling the children to explore and utilise the structure of language independently. Children leave Cuddington as confident and able linguists who are equipped to broaden their understanding of the world.

To support the teaching and learning of languages in our school, we use the Primary Languages SoW.


Promoting linguistic and cultural diversity

Children are encouraged lifelong language learning which promotes respect for not only each other but also inside the school and within the wider communities and society. French lessons not only progress children’s linguistic skills but also their confidence and self-esteem. Children work collaboratively and celebrate each other’s achievements by becoming aware of the challenge communication presents. Language learning teaches the value of the importance of our own cultural identity, practices and values as well as those from people in other countries. Children learn to be tolerant of others and have a greater acceptance of the world we live in and its cultural diversity.


Language Day

Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own culture and those of others. On our Language day, the whole school promotes and celebrates languages from around the world as well as discovering new countries and their cultures. Cross-curricular links are made with language learning through the exploration of artists and dances from around the world.

For further information about the Languages curriculum, please contact Miss Michiels (

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