Grimley and Holt CE Primary School

Modern Foreign Languages (German)

“You live a new life for every language you speak. If you only know one language, you only live once.” Czech proverb.

At Grimley and Holt Primary School, modern foreign languages are introduced across the school in Key Stage 1 and German is taught formally in Key Stage 2. We believe that learning a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils but it also prepares them for a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. “Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.”(National Curriculum 2014)

The MFL curriculum is based on a scheme of work developed by the subject leader. This is linked to the statutory guidelines for KS2 outlined in the National Curriculum Framework as well as the learning objectives of the non-statutory KS2 Framework for Languages. The curriculum is delivered in weekly sessions across Years 3 to 6, taught by the Subject Leader who is a fluent German speaker. ICT is used through language web-sites to support the teaching, providing engaging and fun games, songs and activities as well as ensuring that correct pronunciation is taught to the children.
Through our teaching of German we aim to:

  • foster a love of learning other languages by stimulating and encouraging children’s curiosity about language in an enjoyable and engagingway
  • develop their understanding of what they hear and read and have an ability to express themselves in speech andwriting.
  • extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between German and English
  • promote a deeper intercultural understanding through learning about the traditions, culture and geography of other countries including Germany
  • lay the foundations for the learning of further languages when they move onto secondary school.


Additional opportunities to use the German language the children are learning, are explored in a variety of ways, including year group assemblies, family days and European Day of Languages annually. Other languages are taught as part of the Mantle of the Expert approach- for instance, in preparation for work on WW1, children have the opportunity to expend on French skills.

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” (Frank Smith)

Attainment targets:

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Subject content

Teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication. If an ancient language is chosen the focus will be to provide a linguistic foundation for reading comprehension and an appreciation of classical civilisation. Pupils studying ancient languages may take part in simple oral exchanges, while discussion of what they read will be conducted in English. A linguistic foundation in ancient languages may support the study of modern languages at key stage 3.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
    explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simplewriting
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using adictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
    describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing

Ofsted Outstanding 3D

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