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Modern Foreign Language

'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me' – Philippians 4v13

We have a vision for everyone at Bridgemere to be lifelong learners; trying their best, enduring tough times with hope and courage and being open to new experiences.

We believe that God helps us to grow, especially through challenges, we therefore value resilience. In order to flourish, we aim to support every child and adult with the diverse challenges of everyday life.

perseverance, creativity, trust, compassion, friendship, community, responsibility, thankfulness

As a Church of England school we believe that good education must promote life in all its fullness.

Our Modern Foreign Language vision -we believe that learning another language gives children the valuable opportunity to develop positive attitudes to and respect for languages and cultures other than their own. It is our belief that learning a language equips pupils to express themselves in new ways.

Our Principles of Modern Foreign Language

  • Children can develop an international outlook and an enhanced understanding of the world.
  • Children acquire an awareness of other cultures, through learning about other countries and their people.
  • French lessons are engaging and fun, while ensuring children make progress in language learning.
  • Communication and presentation skills are developed during speaking and listening activities – preparing for life in the real world.

At Bridgemere CE Primary School we learn to read, write and speak French. We follow a scheme of work by Cave Languages which works on a two year rolling programme. Every year children from year 3 to Year 6 will be taught French vocabulary, grammar and how to construct simple sentences.

Learners will:

  • Develop resilience in language learning as well as enjoyment of it through a challenging scheme of work.
  • Acquire language learning strategies for memorisation and retrieval as well as for listening, reading and understanding.
  • Develop the skill of how to use a bi-lingual dictionary to decode unfamiliar language.
  • Be able to manipulate language to speak or write sentences creatively using prior knowledge of grammar and key features; with and without a dictionary.
  • Have a sound grasp of the key sounds of the French language and their corresponding graphemes and be able to apply this knowledge when speaking, listening and reading aloud.
  • Recognise some of the language patterns of French and how these differ or are similar to English.
  • Appreciate and be able to copy the sound of the language at text level through songs, stories and rhymes.
  • Have a deeper understanding of cultural differences and similarities.
  • Demonstrate substantial progress in learning French and work towards or meet the targets of the KS2 Programme of Study for Languages.