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Modern Foreign Languages

The teaching of MFL ensures "  ... a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world." National Curriculum Programme of Study.

The Vision For Our Curriculum


At Brill School we believe that, in line with our vision of a Brill Child”, a high-quality MFL curriculum will enrich their education. It fosters children’s curiosity and thirst for knowledge. The teaching of MFL enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond in both the spoken and written language. It also provides exciting opportunities for them to use the language for practical purposes and to rise to the challenge that this presents. We believe that learning a new language helps children develop confidence and resilience as well as adding a depth and breadth to the whole school curriculum.

The learning of languages provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all children, regardless of ability. Children develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning.  

Learning languages raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to the children’s learning thus giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. It ensures diversity though deepening their understanding of the world and widening their horizons.

The learning of French and Spanish provides a medium for cross-curricular links and the reinforcement of the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.


Although the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages is only statutory in the KS2 curriculum, we at Brill School believe that preparing the children in KS1 will have a positive effect on their confidence and enable them to become successful linguists.

MFL at Brill School:

  • Ensures every child has the opportunity to study a foreign language; developing their interest in the culture of other nations, communities and beliefs.
  • Ensures children have access to high-quality, engagingteaching and learning opportunities.
  • Ensures children develop an increased wider cultural understanding through our enrichedand varied MFL curriculum.
  • The curriculum is designed in line with the National Curriculum and the skills therein : Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding.
  • Languages are taught by a specialist MFL teacher and supported by class teachers and TAs using “ Word of the Week” outside of MFL lessons.

 A multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching is used with a physical and outdoor element introduced wherever possible as an aid to understanding and retention. Lessons are enjoyable, non-threatening with success built in at every level  in order that the children develop a positive attitude to their learning. Confidence and self-esteem are built through positive reinforcement for any contribution they make, however tentative. Higher ability and bilingual children are given extension activities where appropriate.


Our MFL curriculum is engaging and accessible to all learners, well-resourced and planned to build in progression. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through:

  • Pupil discussions about their learning
  • A robust marking scheme with which the children are familiar
  • Clear learning objectives set out and progress recorded on “ What I will Learn “ sheets for each new topic.
  • Monitoring and reflection against subject-specific skills defined in each year of study.
  • Children apply their knowledge of language to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Children apply their cultural understanding and tolerance across society and cultures.


The French Postcards have arrived! January 2023

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The long- awaited postcards from our link school in Chaumont in France have arrived! The handwriting caused us a few difficulties but the children could pick out information about the French children and found lots of things in common. A great start to the new year in MFL!

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MFL at Brill School - Week beginning 5th December 2022

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Rehearsals for the eagerly anticipated Year 6 Nativité Française have been taking place in the Hall this week. Watch this space for photos of the actual performance. It promises to be FANTASTIQUE once the children have donned their costumes, learnt their lines and tuned their voices for the singing of the beautiful carol.

There's lots of Christmas fun going on in all the MFL classes this week. " Joyeux Noel" and " Feliz Navidad" are ringing out in the corridors and playground.  

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MFL Week beginning November 29th

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We celebrated 2 KS1 birthdays in the Spanish way this week. Cumpleanos Feliz to Arthur and Connie! In Spain they sing "Happy Birthday" and then a friend gently pulls the earlobe ( the number of years old they are ) of the birthday boy or girl while the rest of us count. It's a typically Spanish tradition which we all enjoy in Brill School.

 Year 3 are learning all about masculine / feminine nouns in French

Year 6 are busy practising their French Nativity play and Year 5 are helping them sing the beautiful carol

Here is a French Christmas song  link for you all to enjoy. Year R loved it!


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MFL at Brill School Week Ending 18/11

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Year R: What fun we had singing the colours song and listening to a story. Here's the link to "Toutes les Couleurs"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXKADGN-Hus for you to listen to it again.

Year 1:  Year 1 did a great job of copying the words for Spanish colours and colouring in a worksheet. They were totally immersed in their work and concentrated brilliantly. !Estupendo!

Year 2: Senora Tate is SO impressed with how well the children in Year 2 have learnt how to say dates in Spanish. They honed their listening skills by watching and hearing Spanish children say their birthdays on a DVD. Even though they spoke very fast, they managed to repeat them ALL!!

Year 3: The children in Year 3 marked the end of the "Quel age as-tu" topic by joining in with a song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WksvcV6vU0 They have all made great progress!

Year 4: Year 4 children embarked on the last part of their postcards. They learnt how to tell their French penfriends what they Like ( j'aime... ) and what they don't like ( je n'aime pas... ) There were some strange and amusing tastes. Some like les serpents, others really don't!  L'ananas sur le pizza  ( pineapple on pizza ) provoked some discussion too! all good fun and interesting for the French children to read when they receive their postcards..

Year 5: Some children in Year 5 have learnt all 29 French speaking countries! They LOVE finding them in an atlas ( see phot above ) . This week they learned how to say "in" in French depending on whether a country is masculine ( eg Le Madagascar ) or feminine ( eg La Suisse ). We finished with a game of loto which Henry won remarkably quickly!

Year 6: No Lesson this week due to the school closure but TWO lessons next week to catch up on some much needed Nativity practice!

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What's been happening in MFL this week? Week beginning 31st October

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Year R's French is coming on in leaps and bounds. We have started learning colours this week. Here is a little clip to share with your children so they can teach you some French colours too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPPIT1nbe7Q 

Year 1 showed me that they have remembered how to count to 10 in Spanish and then we started to learn some colours. Here's a link to help you share them with your children and practise them at home. Please note that I taught them a different word for ORANGE : The word we learnt was "naranja"(pronounced na -ran-ha) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpRPiZY-eWg  

Year 2's topic is months and dates in Spanish. They can already count from 1 - 29 brilliantly, and we have had great fun playing a game to remember the order of the months in Spanish. Next week we will be talking about birthdays so it would be a real help if all the children know when their special day is!

Year 3 have been introduced to French phonics using numbers 1 - 10. Their pronunciation is brilliant! This week we started to ask how old someone is - "Quel âge as-tu?" and replying with "J'ai .... ans". The finger puppets certainly helped!

Year 4 - Only a couple more sentences to add to the postcards and they'll be ready to be written up in best and sent to France. This week we added a line or two about pets so we did a revision of some of the words for animals. 

Year 5 - MFL met Geography this week in Year 5's French lesson! We are looking at the 29 countries where French is spoken in the world. Did you know that over 270 million people speak French worldwide. The children were interested to find out that a lot of people in East African countries speak French as well as in Quebec and Madagascar. It will be fun to see how many they remember next week and then we can start building sentences around these facts. This is the video we watched in class https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUhJ9x3xcOM 

Year 6 - It's finally here! THE FRENCH NATIVITY!  The parts have been cast and the scripts printed.... Be ready to be wowed by Year 6's fabulous French, acting and singing ability in December. It is such a great way ti build confidence in a foreign language, and I'm already impressed with them all for embracing the opportunity. All that's left to do is practise, practise and practise some more!

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Brill School's Year 6  Trip to France 2023...

What a trip!  We are extremely proud of all of the Year 6 children who embraced all aspects of the trip to France,they showed courage and resilience and were great ambassadors for their school and country.   

May 2023

Year 4's Whacky French Sentences ...

Year 4 used bilingual dictionaries to look up words to form a whacky French sentence. They used prepositions to help make them even more extraordinary!

The class then had a good look at them all ( the wall came in very handy! ) and voted....

Year 3 Have written their very own French version of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"

March, 2023

After reading "La Chenille qui fait des Trous", Year 3 decided to use the story to make up their own version. They used different fruits and lots of different foods. They wrote about an egg which hatched into a maggot who eventually turned into a beautiful DRAGONFLY (une superbe libellule!)

Mrs White visited the class and heard the new story being read. She was extremely impressed, and Class 3 were brimming with pride. 

Year 6 French Nativity Play

December 13th, 2022

Year 6 excelled themselves on Monday afternoon with a fantastic performance of the Nativity in French. They were word perfect, and showed great courage as they had to fill in for their absent classmates who were ill on the day. Thank you to Year 5 pupils who did a splendid job as the back-up choir. The carol, "Etoile de Noel" sounded beautiful. 

It was a pleasure to see the faces of the proud parents (and teachers!) and there were definitely a couple of "wow"s as the younger children watched in awe. 

All in all a BRILLIANT performance, Year 6. Bravo!!

Les Phrases Extraordinaires de la Classe 5

October, 2022

Year 5 have been working hard to learn some French prepositions and how to use them in a sentence. The final task of the unit was to look up new words using an online dictionary and a traditional dictionary in order to construct an "extraordinary" sentence. They did a fantastic job! Here are the results which will be displayed in the classroom, but we thought everyone should be able to see and admire them. 


September 22nd 2022

Ecoutez! C'est fantastique!


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Year 6 French Day

le 14 juillet, 2022 

What a day Year 6 had today!

A treasure hunt around the village, a history lesson, buying lunch in a French market, eating delicious French food and finally enjoying a closely fought boules competition.

 Thank you to all the adults involved for making it happen and all the children for embracing it with such enthusiasm. We hope it helped ease the disappointment of the cancelled trip to France in May, and Year 6 will have made some great memories. 

Year 2 Spanish Food Tasting

July 13th, 2022

Year 2 showed great enthusiasm as they tried some traditional Spanish foods. The tortilla was a great hit, the ice cold gazpacho was welcome in the heat, and the children were amazed at how thin the jamon was sliced, but it was the the churros con chocolate that stole the show! 

Year R's French Song about growing tomatoes 

June 27th, 2022

Year 5's French Art Work

May 2022

We are all so excited to be doing a joint French /Art project in Year 5. The children have planned their Delaunay style pictures in art lessons and will soon be describing them in French. It's been a great learning experience, and Year 5 have given it their all in both Art and French lessons. Merci, les enfants! Bravo!

KS1 Flamenco Dancing

May 11th 2022

Years 1 and 2 have been having lots of fun learning parts of the body in Spanish, and what better way to show off their knowledge than to sing a song and dance flamenco at the same time? 

IMG_7796.jpg Year 3's French Book.

Year 3 have been reading " La Chenille qui fait des Trous"    ( The French version of " The Very Hungry Caterpillar " ) They then set about writing and illustrating one of their own but with different vocabulary. They chose to write a story about a very hungry turtle who started out life as an egg on a beach and ended up as a beautiful giant turtle in the ocean.  April 4th, 2022

         Poisson d'avril : April 1st 2022



Every year on April 1st in France, children try and stick paper fish on the backs of their friends and teachers without them realising! We thought we would adopt this tradition at Brill School today.

During our collective worship in the hall, the children were shown the significance of Ichthus ( the Ancient Greek symbol of a fish first used by Christians during Roman times and still used today) and the French tradition of sticking fish on each other's backs was explained.

Finally, at break time, it was time for the children to try it out for themselves. As you can see from the photos, great fun was had! Thank you to Mrs Ardley for sharing the idea, it is hoped that this will become an annual event!

Year 4's French "Guess Who" Morning

What a brilliant morning Year 4 had playing "Guess Who" in French, eating croissants and drinking chocolat chaud! All their hard work and preparation paid off. They all felt very proud of themselves, and so they should! 

Bravo, Year 4 !

Year 6 French Day  June 2021

Year 4 Guess Who April 2021



Follow the 2 short videos below to see 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.

MFL Coordinator

                      Madame / Senora Tate


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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.