The Highway Primary School

Modern Foreign Language    

The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils.  Children will develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundations for their future language learning.  Our aim is for them to develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how languages work and gain an insight into different cultures.

Since 2014 the teaching of a modern foreign language has been compulsory for all children in Key Stage 2.  At The Highway pupils in Years 3 to 6 have a weekly French lesson from our specialist MFL teacher Mrs Jones, supplemented by opportunities to practice their acquired skills through classroom routines eg registering in French and incidental conversations.  The children are given the opportunity to listen to stories and native French speakers and learn songs. Through the use of flashcards, games and other activities in French they enhance their knowledge and understanding of the vocabulary and structure of the language.



  •    Develop the ability to speak in French
  •    Gain confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing in a
       modern foreign language
  •    Learn about the cultural aspects of France and other countries
       where the French language is spoken
  •    Above all, enjoy learning a language! 


The whole school relishes the annual French Week - the children (and staff) are invited to dress up as a French character or in blue white and red.  There are competitions, loads of activities which most recently included crêpe making, food-tasting, a French lunch, a treasure hunt, art, music, Eiffel tower building, French themed craft, playground games and the very popular selfie photo booth.

French week 2016 at The Highway