Preparatory School for Girls

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

The learning of Modern Foreign Languages prepares pupils to participate in a world in which activities are often carried out in languages other than English. Capability in the use of MFL promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society. Pupils are encouraged to develop lifelong language learning skills and learn about customs and cultural differences.

Ici on parle français!

French is incorporated into the curriculum from Year 2. Spanish and German clubs are offered from Year 1 and in Year 6 an introduction to Latin is given.

Language is predominantly learned in lively lessons through imitation and repetition, with progress planned in small steps. Songs and rhymes help pupils remember phrases and vocabulary and improve pronunciation. Visits from storytellers or theatre groups are arranged for further exposure to French. Pupils are encouraged to communicate competently and confidently in the foreign language while developing skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.


New language is presented orally and pupils are encouraged to speak in a range of contexts and situations. The classroom atmosphere allows pupils to speak without inhibitions.


The development of listening skills is supported by visual aids and gestures, with recordings and videos allowing familiarity with a range of voices and accents.


Activities include reading single words or sentences, matching sentence halves, or reading labels or descriptions. Pupils also enjoy children’s books in French to develop independent reading skills.


Written work relates to the vocabulary being taught and helps develop awareness of spelling patterns. In Years 2 to 5 pupils copy write, while in Year 6 some development of the model is encouraged.

The school subscribes to the Linguascope website. IPads are used creatively and for research and practice.