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Modern Foreign Languages

‘Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.’

National Curriculum, Languages


Our vision is that all language learners develop the skills and confidence to consider them as ‘World Citizens’ who belong in a multicultural, mutually respectful world. We believe that learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures; it fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Our main objective is to promote the early development of linguistic competence which aims to form a sound basis for further study and open up future work prospects.

At Sherington, children from KS2 receive weekly French lessons. Open language afternoons, specific projects and our involvement in ‘The European Day of Languages’ also enhances the rich provision offered at Sherington.

Language lessons cater for a variety of learning styles and encourage students to be actively engaged in a range of activities using a combination of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. French lessons at Sherington are interactive and teach pupils to explore the patterns and sounds of language whilst developing accurate pronunciation and understanding of basic grammar, including (where relevant) feminine and masculine. Through a high-quality languages education we provide opportunities for pupils to be able express their ideas and thoughts in French and to understand and respond to questions, both in speech and in writing. Children learn about the key structure of languages and through practical application of these become confident and able linguists. Pupils develop, broaden and build on the understanding of familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures. Teaching and learning offers links with other areas of the curriculum especially Geography and PSHE with family and cultural understanding.

Sherington has been accredited with the International School Award 2019 – 2022.