Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages at Westlands


At Westlands, the core language taught throughout the school is French. It is the intention that all children in the school will access first quality teaching of French in order to adequately prepare and lay the foundations for speaking different languages in High School and beyond. We wish to instil and foster pupil’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world beyond the United Kingdom opening up their knowledge experiences to other cultures. 

Our aims in teaching a language

  • To develop an interest in learning other languages.
  • To introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating.
  • To encourage children’s confidence and creative skills.
  • To stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language.
  • To encourage children to be aware that language has a structure and that the structure differs from one language to another.
  • To help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.
  • To develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • To lay the foundations for future language learning.


In Reception and Key Stage 1 the children are taught the foundations of the language by one of our teaching assistants and in Key Stage 2 the children are taught by a specialist teacher. In Key Stage 2 we follow the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum. For further details of the curriculum please refer to the individual year group’s programme of study or information sent out by class teachers.


Our children enjoy their language lessons and are keen to share their increasing skills in speaking a different language.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes with our monitoring processes;
  • Pupil discussions about their learning.

June 2024