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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic
Primary School


Statement of Intent:

To learn a language is to offer the hand of friendship to another nation – Marina Dixon

We recognise that learning a modern foreign language is an entitlement for all pupils during their time in Key Stage 2 and we are committed to the principle that learning another language helps foster a curiosity and deeper understanding of other cultures and the world in general. We believe that learning to understand, speak, read and write another language will provide the basis for learning other languages, which in turn will provide important opportunities for future study and work in other countries. We hope to provide a life long respect of other cultures and languages and respect the diverse culture we live in.  We recognise that language learning in its broadest sense has three core strands learning to communicate,learning about language and learning about and comparing different cultures (inter-cultural understanding). One of the main benefits to the children of learning a modern foreign language at primary school level is a social one.


The MFL Leader is Julie Dyer

Threshold Concepts

Threshold concepts are the ‘big ideas’ that shape students’ thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be
explored in every year group and students will gradually increase their understanding of them.

  • Read fluently

    This concept involves recognising key vocabulary and phrases.

  • Write imaginatively

    This concept involves using key vocabulary and phrases to write ideas.

  • Speak confidently

    This concept involves using key vocabulary and phrases to verbally communicate ideas.

  • Understand the culture of the countries in which the language is spoken

    This concept involves the background knowledge and cultural capital needed to infer meaning from interactions.