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Modern Foreign Languages


 We aim to deliver language lessons that encourage our children to explore a language, gradually building up their knowledge of words and phrases and furthering their understanding of a new language and culture. We aim to provide them with a foundation that will equip them for further language studies at Secondary School.

At The Dassett C of E Primary we also want to 

  • Foster an interest in learning other languages
  • Promote positive attitudes towards language learning through a range of activities
  • Introduce children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
  • Make children aware that language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another
  • Help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries
  • Develop children’s speaking and listening skills, as well as their phonological awareness
  • Lay the foundations for future study



Pupils will be taught to: 

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding 
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words 
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help 
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures 
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases 
  • present ideas and information orally
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing 
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language 
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary 
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly 
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing 
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English. 



  •  Key Stage 1 children will experience other languages through for example the register, counting, song and rhyme.

  • In Key Stage 2 French will be taught weekly.
  • Other languages will be taught where there is a link to other curriculum areas – for example German Christmas carols, Chinese New Year, etc
  • The Dassett will follow a scheme of work from year 3 to 6 which concentrates on two general topic areas a term.

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