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Modern Foreign Languages

We do a lot of learning through song – click on the video and have a go. We’re pretty sure you’ll recognise the song.

Statement of Intent

At St Mary’s, we want our children to learn a language in an enjoyable and stimulating way. We want our children to be curious about language and develop an interest in learning different languages. Our languages teaching will enable pupils to communicate in a different language and help to deepen their understanding of the world. Our curriculum helps children to learn progressively, acquiring new vocabulary organised around different themes. We hope to provide firm foundations for further language teaching at secondary school.

We begin our journey learning key phrases and words in order that we can very quickly do basic things. Things like say hello to people, or count, or tell people about our family.

Talking about Ourselves

As we go along we learn key vocabulary – nouns and adjectives – alongside key verbs, so that we can start to talk about ourselves and others – including monsters! Before long, we can put together simple (and more complex sentences).

Here’s another well known song. Have a go… very soon you’ll know all your major body parts.

Languages Aims at St Mary's

We aim for all pupils to:

  • 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
  • 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.


Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school. 

School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning. 

Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow. 


Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return. 

We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday. 

I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority. 

Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days. 

Many thanks

Claire Halstead