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Modern Foreign Languages

We offer both French and German at St Mary’s, with all Key Stage 2 pupils learning each language for 2 years each (lessons are once a week). The aim of the lessons is to learn everyday French and German, as well as encourage a love of languages and other cultures. The children learn through video, songs, interactive lessons, and cover all skills required for any language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Resources include target language books, dictionaries and newly arrived puppets! An immediate benefit is the linking of their learning in English, particularly grammar, and also a solid base for learning languages at GCSE and beyond, bringing extra skills to their lives for the future.

In 2019 we applied for, and received, an Erasmus + grant to further develop languages in the Key Stage 2 curriculum, with the aim of introducing it to the Key Stage 1 curriculum as well. The project started in September 2019 and was due to finish in August 2021, but has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, so we have secured an extension until 2022. The project includes training for staff to develop their languages and language teaching skills via intensive language courses, which take place in Rouen in France and Hamburg in Germany. Unfortunately 3 members of staff had their April 2020 course in France postponed due to the pandemic! The project also aims to encourage the wider community, parents, carers and the church to develop more awareness of international diversity and the richness of developing links with other countries through the children.

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