Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages, French or Spanish, are taught to every year group at Brill School. We believe that learning a new language helps children develop confidence and resilience as well as offering a depth and breadth to the whole school curriculum.

MFL lessons are taught by a specialist teacher and are active and engaging. They concentrate on the 4 main skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. All are transferable skills and prepare the children for secondary school and beyond.

Intercultural understanding is integrated into all the schemes of work to ensure that the children have an awareness of the world around them. Children will enjoy the opportunity to learn about other cultures where the languages are spoken. 

We work hard to make sure that there are strong cross-curricular links such as Drama (Year 6 French Nativity), RE (Easter traditions in France and Spain), Art (Picasso in Year 5), Literacy ( grammar), Geography (where in the world is Spanish and  French are spoken) and many more. 

We try to ensure, where possible, that learners should experience and be inspired by first-hand communication with native speakers and benefit from opportunities to enhance their learning. We link with schools in France and Spain and every year we offer a week's residential trip to France to all Year 6 children.

Above all, through an enthusiasm and passion for language learning, we aim to create an inspiring culture which challenges all pupils and enriches their learning.


Year R Hopscotch in French

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Year R have learnt to count to ten in French and put it into practice today with some outdoor hopsctoch. In France they call it La Marelle




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Year 3 Poem

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Year 3 have learnt a poem in French and wanted to share it with you.

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Poisson d'avril - le 1 avril

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In France on the 1st April, April Fool's Day it is the tradition to stick paper fish on people's backs. It's more fun if you can do it without them noticing! Felix and Axel coloured in fish and secretly stuck them to each other's back! Do you think Felix knows he's got un poisson sur le dos? Great to see French traditions happening at home, it brought a big smile to Madame Tate's face. MERCI!

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Coming soon .... Yoga in French

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As you can see, my dog, Charlie is not very excited about doing yoga, but I am!

I'm looking forward to teaching you some relaxation techniques and to having fun doing poses, and true to the Brill spirit of Growth Mindset, I thought we could challenge ourselves and do it in FRENCH! 

See you soon. À bientôt, mes amis!

Madame Tate

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Keep learning your Languages at home!

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Asana and Basecamp now offered in Spanish and French through Bridge24

I've been having fun playing on some games on this website and you might like to try it too...... https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize 

You can learn some new words and revise words and grammar you already know. There are little video clips to show you French and Spanish schools too! It's really simple!

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ENGLAND KS1 for Years R, 1 and 2  and the rest on ENGLAND KS2.

Go to Modern Foreign Languages, choose your language and away you go! 

I've been trying out a bit of Mandarin this morning too! Why don't you do the same?

Have fun, I'm hoping that you have been teaching your parents some new words and we are soon going to all be multi-lingual at Brill School!

Madame / Senora Tate


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International Fun

We firmly believe in the value of offering our pupils an international element to the curriculum and in summer 2019, we were very proud to be reaccredited with the British Council's International School Award. This is what the assessors had to say about Brill School's international work:

 "Brill Church of England School. International School Award Re-Accreditation 2019 -2022: APPROVED 

The international dimension is firmly embedded in the curriculum and whole-school ethos at Brill Church of England School. It is clearly well coordinated and managed to feature in different subject areas, providing an extra dimension of enrichment and dovetailing neatly with strategic planning and key priorities. Your Impact Evaluation is detailed and insightful. Your pupils have gained citizenship attitudes and attributes and an appreciation for cultural diversity as well as increased curiosity about the wider world. The quotes from pupils' evaluations are useful in conveying their excitement and enjoyment about the international projects. The extract from the letter from your Indian colleague highlights how much your partnership is valued by your partner school, and bodes well for the sustainability and further development of this link. Congratulations to all at Brill Church of England School who have contributed to this achievement in the 20th Anniversary Year of the International School Award! We wish you continuing success and enjoyment with your international work."



Follow to 2 short videos below tos ee how the Spanish make their famous tortillas.

You will need:

1 small onion finely copped

2 potatoes peeled and sliced thinly

5 eggs

olive oil to cover the bottom of a small frying pan

a good pinch of salt.

Mrs Tate

MFL Coordinator


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"Can I show you in my literacy book that I used prepositions in English AND in French?" -  Year 4 child.

"I loved the market, it was wonderful to have your own freedom and it helped me feel confident with my French " - Year 6 child after our trip to France.

"Thank you so much ..... Our daughter has loved her first introduction to French "  -  Year R parents.

"I never knew you could drink hot chocolate out of a bowl !" -  Year 1 child after the French breakfast

"I am loving languages at my new school , but I still can't roll my r's!! .....Doing French and Spanish at Brill means that I find languages easier than most people in my class. I also heard that D's French teacher says he has a natural accent! "- Former Brill pupil now in Year 8.