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MFL News 2023-2024

Coming soon ......Spanish/Portuguese after-school club. 


Miss Fathers is planning to run her very popular after-school club again, hopefully in the Spring term, so watch this space! 



Y4 French for the Family - March 2023


It was wonderful to welcome 45 parents/carers to the first two Y4 French for the Family workshops this year. Children and their loved ones enjoyed learning French alongside each other and sampling the wonderful croissants, pains au chocolat, gaufres, crêpes and brioches.


Participants particularly enjoyed sharing a learning experience together and the wonderful camaraderie between adults and children. The feedback we received was that parents/carers would like more cultural events like this.


As a Rights Respecting School, we are always keen to act on children and parents’ feedback and have exciting cultural events planned for the remaining of the year.



Y5 CET French Theatre Day - June 2023


All the schools in the Children Endeavour Trust met in early September and identified 3 areas which they would like to focus on this year.


  1. harmonising the KS2 French Curriculum throughout the Trust (coverage & assessment).
  2. enhancing the confidence of non-native speakers in teaching MFL
  3. raising the profile of language learning and culture throughout our schools


The team felt that a creative and holistic whole-trust approach was required to address Point 3 and it was decided that this could include a Y5 whole-trust Theatre Day which Whitehouse was happy to organise and manage. It was felt that besides promoting British Values and enhancing SMSC provision, it would provide a genuine opportunity to enhance Children’s Rights within its fold.


The French play entitled “Parlez-Vous Français”, was performed by a theatre company called Onatti Production which is well-regarded by UK language teachers for the quality of its performances. 






In September 2023 we started to use a French language scheme called 'Kapow' to help us in our French lessons.  There are lots of informative power points, fun games and lots of examples for children to copy to help them with their pronunciation and phonics work.  Throughout the year, we will be asking the children what they think of our new French scheme.  



What have we been learning in Autumn term 2023?


Year 3 have been learning how to greet people in French and have been starting to use adjectives of colour, size and shape to describe things. 


Year 4 pupils children have been learning how to describe people (physical and character) in French and have been starting to describe their clothes. 


Year 5 pupils have been learning to describe animals in French using adjectives to create descriptive paragraphs and have been starting to use numbers to describe prices and foods to use phrases when shopping. 


Year 6 pupils have been learning to express opinions on French sports and countries around the world, creating an interview about the Olympics and have been starting to describe houses in French.