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This is our Modern Foreign Languages page.

Modern Foreign Languages at Sandal Castle Primary is taught by our language expert Mrs Waddington. After completing a language degree and teaching in France for a number of years, we are really fortunate to utilise these fantastic skills around school. Mrs Waddington has written a comprehensive scheme of work to be used from Foundation Stage to Year 6 ensuring progression throughout each Key Stage.

We encourage our children to become aware of other languages and cultures. The aim is to inspire our children to love learning different languages through a range of strategies such as through the use of games and songs.

MFL Theme Day - 26.6.18

Our Summer term MFL Theme Day took place on Tuesday 26th June. As part of this day, each year group chose a country from the World Cup this year to study. KS1 selected a European country and KS2 a non European country.

There was a strong language focus e.g. greetings/please/ thank you/colours etc and there was also one activity that had a Geography focus. This was a good opportunity to address a Geography objective from the year group e.g. mapping or an environmental issue.

Other ideas utilised were: learning about the culture/traditions of the country or a famous footballer from the national team, singing, food, art, drama etc it is up to you what else you choose to do! Pupil voice feedback has been really positive so far for the Theme Days. The children have loved the range of creative opportunities we have provided so this is another opportunity for us to develop these further.

EYFS - Germany

During our MFL day Foundation Stage looked at Germany. We talked about what we already knew about Germany and then used the computer to find Germany on a map and to find out what their flag looked like. We took part in lots of activities including making a flag, learning a German game and song, finding out about and tasting German food and learning about German fairy tales and creating a Rapunzel tower.



Year 1 - Spain

Year 1 spent the day learning about the flamenco guitar which is an important part of the Spanish culture because they are often played for flamenco dancers.Some of the children even came to school dressed as flamenco dancers!The children decorated their own guitars with collage and symbols from Spain.The children had a lovely time practicing writing some Spanish words and phrases they had learned to pronounce.Year 1 enjoyed learning about Salvador Dali and his unusual art.Inspired by his work they created their own piece of artwork.


Year 2 - Poland

In Year 2 the focus of our MFL theme day was Poland.We researched key information about the country, such as its location, history, population and any interesting facts.We talked about what aspects of Polish life were similar to life in the UK, such as the weather and food, and what aspects were different – such as the language!We learnt to say some key phrases using the language, including answering the register, and practicing greeting one another.The Polish children in our classes really enjoyed being teachers for the day – even bringing in items from home to help them tell us more about their lives in Poland.

Y2 Learning Journey - Poland

Year 3 - Mexico

In Year 3 we studied Mexico. We learnt how to introduce ourselves in Spanish, studied atlases to locate Mexico and used geographical vocabulary to describe its position in the world and created a graph to compare the climate of Cancun in Mexico with the climate of Wakefield. We loved tasting some Mexican food, including tortilla chips, sour cream, salsa and guacamole and we made quesadillas in small groups. We also learnt a traditional Mexican dance and performed this for Mrs Russell!


Y3 Learning Journey - Mexico

Year 6 - Australia

LO: To understand the history and geography of indigenous Australian civilisations

LO: To acquire skills in aboriginal art (pointillism)



The history and geography of indigenous Australian civilisations


Year 4 - Japan

This is a brief overview of some of the activities explored across the different year 4 classes during our theme day on Japan:





Year 5

Year Five thoroughly enjoyed MFL Theme Day- we explored the language and culture of Senegal, a French speaking country. We learnt that Senegalese people believe that every movement needs rhythm and that drumming is a major part of their culture. We used rhythm and chanting to help us learn key phrases. We discovered their wildlife and learnt about the giraffe as a spirit animal representing grace, peace and diversity and created a class collage of Senegalese patterns to demonstrate our unity with this belief.


Year 5 Learning Journey


June 2018

We have been working collaboratively on a Drama, French and Art project.

We have used a text to practice and perform a play in French, using our skills to design and make the costumes and props.


  • I can use a simple English text to learn the animals in French.
  • I can develop my French pronunciation using simple French phrases.
  • I can practice and develop simple French phrases to have a sustained French conversation.
  • I can use mime and actions to aid the understanding of the audience and to show my understanding of French phrases used.
  • I can use the script and text to develop props and costumes for key characters, using a variety of materials, paints and methods to create dramatic effect, all fit for a specific purpose.
  • I can perform/support a performance in French using expression and mime.


Weekly French Story Time - June 2018

Our children are enjoying their weekly French story time with native French speaker Madame Evans. We have been using stories to learn the parts of the body and various animals.







Our next MFL Theme day is planned for 26.06.18. Rather than it being a French Theme Day, this time it will be linked to the FIFA World Cup. More information to follow...


French Theme Day - Spring Term

29th March 2018

In Y3 the children focussed on Paris and its famous landmarks for theirTheme day. After finding where Paris was on a map of France and using Geographical vocabulary to describe its location, the children were given photographs and names of some of the landmarks and looked for clues to match the landmark to its name