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 adding a depth and breadth to the whole school curriculum.

We follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study and adhere to the purpose of studying a modern foreign language found therein, "  ... 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."

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 throughout the World where the languages are spoken. 

We work hard to make sure that, where appropriate,  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 ( phonics and grammar), Geography (where in the world is Spanish and  French are spoken ) 

We try to ensure that learners  experience first-hand communication with native speakers and benefit from these encounters to add value and purpose to 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 experience.

Bonjour, tout le monde! To cheer us all up and to get some exercise, click on the French penguins below for some dancing fun!

Amusez-vous bien!


Year 1's French Breakfast....J'adore les croissants! December 16th, 2020

Posted: Dec 16, 2020 by: teachers on: MFL BLOG


As part of Year 1's topic, " Going Places", they have been learning all about what French children eat and drink for breakfast. Today they tried it for themselves and had a great time dunking their tartines ( bread and jam) and croissants into their bowls of chocolat chaud. Axel's mum made REAL French crepes which they loved. 

The children have also learnt how to say if they like something or not in French. What a great morning's work!


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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 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.