Windermere Road, Leigh, Lancashire WN7 1UX

01942 674226

Leigh Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

‘Live And Learn With Jesus’

Modern Foreign Languages


Modern Foreign Languages

Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement


The KS2 classes have been language learners from 2006. The school is a one and a half form entry school with approximately 300 pupils. The first language of some of the pupils in the school is English. There are also a large number of pupils who have other languages as their first language, these are Polish, Punjabi, Arabic, Urdu, French, Romany, Curdish, German, Persian, Hungarian and Italian



At school we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils.  It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed and extended.  Lessons will enable pupils to make substantial progress in French and gain a recognised OCR Asset Languages Qualification in Year 6. The linguistic skills gained will assist and lay foundations for further language learning. It will provide pupils with the confidence and independence to explore and be able to attempt manipulation of the structure of language. Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.


Intent and Implementation


Since September 2014, the new National Curriculum has made learning a language compulsory in Key Stage 2. With Primary Languages Network’s team’s history, knowledge, and background, we were impressed with their standards, curriculum, teaching style and rapid progress. The majority of schools only offer the language that teachers feel most able to cope with, however, with Primary Languages Network, our teachers are able to learn on-the-go, teach interactively, attend CPD events, have the opportunity to practice conversationally and use of DVDs and online resources during class. They also provide the opportunity for staff upskilling and contracting their specialist language teachers to come into school. Primary Languages Network has given our teachers and pupils confidence to speak another language and our teachers to support the children’s language-learning at home.



DfE Attainment targets will be achieved by our children by the end of Year 6.  These are:

  1. Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  2. Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  3. Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
  4. Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  5. Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
  6. Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
  7. Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  8. Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  9. Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

10.Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly

11.Describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing

12.Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.