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Modern Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. ‚Äč

Dorchester Primary School follows the 'Plan It' French scheme of work. 

All classes from Year 3 to Year 6 will have a weekly MFL lesson following the 'Plan It' scheme. The lessons are as interactive and conversational as possible to develop the pupils' linguistic skills. 

Children are encouraged to listen and respond to certain words, structures and phrases. They play games that require concentration on listening to French being spoken. Children join in with songs, poems and rhymes and then learn them by heart. This integrates previously learnt language with newly learnt language. Children take part in pair and group work as a way to encourage each other in the acquisition of a new language. Once secure in their beginnings of spoken French, children move onto more formal recording and writing in French.

When undertaking a topic on Spain in Year 3, the children also learn Spanish for a term.