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Modern Foreign Languages


At Earl Soham Primary School we aim to foster children who are enthusiastic and confident in communicating in another language. We hope to lay a strong foundation of language skills to ensure that children are able to flourish when they reach High School.


The national curriculum outlines that by the end of Key Stage 2, pupils should:


  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety  of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the  variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


Structure of learning


Each Key Stage 2 class has at least 30 minutes a week allocated to French teaching. Using our Rosenshine principles we aim to revisit and review learning regularly to ensure that it is 


Key Stage 1 


Whilst MFL isn’t a requirement for KS1 pupils, there are some skills that can be practised orally with the children.



Numbers 0 – 20






Using colouring pencils, shout out a colour, ask children to hold the colour.




Days of the week




Body parts


Head shoulders, knees and toes song:



Children leave the school as confident French speakers. The subject is given a high profile within the school, ensuring that time and resources are allocated to it. High Schools have fed back that Earl Soham pupils are given a strong foundation of language skills which ensure future success.