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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.

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. They then worked in teams to study maps of Paris and locate each landmark, before using the maps to make their own pictoral map of Paris. They then enjoyed eating traditional French food- Brie, baguette and brioche.

In year 4 today, our theme was the French Alps. We learnt how to say the different activities people can do in the French Alps in the Winter and Summer and how to say these in French and we made our own actions e.g. 'En hiver on peut faire du ski'. Then we created a piece of artwork, depicting the activities in Summer and Winter, adding French labels. We also enjoyed singing a song 'Moi j'aime skier'

The children then enjoyed some French food - pain, fromage, croissant, chocolat chaud and dipped our croissants in the hot chocolate like a French breakfast! The children really enjoyed the baked camembert and dipping the bread in! We practised saying I would like a croissant/hot chocolat etc in French (Je voudrais du pain s'il vous plait)

We also enjoyed a French story from our cross -curricular library called Tout en Haut.

Year 5

In Year 5, our learning objectives were:

To explore the significance of the gargoyles positioned on the turrets of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

To trace their history and importance beyond the city.

To create a pictorial map investigating key landmarks in Paris as seen from the Gargoyles who sit above the city.

To use a text to explore Parisian landmarks, developing our understanding of their importance to the life of the city, past and present.

To taste food typically bought along the River Seine that tourists may eat whilst exploring the famous cathedral.

To design and create a gargoyle out of clay to protect a place of importance in their life.

To learn how to say key phrases in French to navigate around Paris

10th January 2018

Our children are taking part in the Change for Life 1K a Day challenge. Our plan is to link it with MFL and Geography as well as Sport/Physical/Emotional well being. We plan to walk from Wakefield to France and around significant landmarks throughout the remainder of the year. We will be taking lots of photographs of our journey!

1k a day Challenge

MFL Faculty

We are fortunate to have a number of staff with an interest and enthusiasm for developing the learning and teaching of languages making links and connections with other cross curricular subjects and areas of learning.

Staff already include a 5 minute a day 'conversation games' slot to ensure French is being spoken and developed daily in addition to the sessions within the scheme of work.

A new venture is for each year group to begin a Global Citizenship Scrapbook to log anything related to French, MFL, multiculturalism, diversity and equality, British Values etc beyond what we already do in topic work books.

Thursday 29th March will be our next MFL Theme day.

We all took part in a French Theme Day during the Autumn term. This was a great opportunity to showcase learning linked to PE, Art, Music, Food Technology and Storytelling.

French Theme Day - Autumn Term

Wednesday 13th December Year 3

The children loved their theme day and were so enthusiastic to tell their parents the second they got out of school! They put their shoes by the tree,like French children do at Christmas, and were very excited when they went back to them and found a note in their shoes from Pere Noel!

For the rest of the day, the children had a French passport and visited 3 different French cities (classrooms) and enjoyed Christmas singing in Lyon (Miss Harkin), French food tasting in Bordeaux (Miss Allan) and Eiffel Tower New Year art work in Paris (Miss Gouldsbrough). In every class they recorded their learning in their passport.

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th December EYFS, Years 4, 5 and 6.

Our children in year 5 were asked to produce a piece of art work for their homework in response to the Henri Matisse story. Thomas decided to also produce a PowerPoint and it really shows his understanding of what we learnt from Matisse- to follow our dreams and have a good imagination!


On Thursday 14th December 2017, Year 6 took part in a French Theme Day. The children completed three separate morning activities as a carousel. 6RW completed a number of activities about the human body; 6LW accomplished a fabulous sporting session and 6MF carried out fun activities whilst learning about number. During the afternoon session, all classes completed a piece of artwork based upon the arguably most famous landmark in France: The Eiffel Tower. Feedback from all children was incredibly positive from both a fun and educational perspective.

Follow the link belw to hear our Year 4 children singing their French song


Wreath Making!

Homework Inspired by our MFL Theme Day

The themes are linked to Art, Food Technology, Music and Christmas!

The photographs evidence our enjoyment of French conversation games. We danced to french music and played musical statues- when the music stopped, the children had to have a conversation in French using the conversation structures we’ve been learning

Please visit www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/French

Here you will find lots of activities and games to try. Why not practice your pronunciation by listening to the audio clips. You can also improve your understanding by playing the games found on this site.