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"The KS2 MFL Pilot has had such a positive impact on all aspects of the children's learning, including the boys and those with special needs. Our parents are so supportive of the scheme that we are now considering extending it to our year 3 / 4 classes." Primary Headteacher


Enriching the primary curriculum 

"Not only does it foster a love of languages, but there is also a positive effect on their language skills in Welsh and English. It gives the children a broader outlook and they become more aware of other peoples and cultures..."
Primary teacher of Welsh as a second language

Introducing a MFL into the primary school curriculum can greatly enhance and enrich children's educational experience. It can support pupils' literacy and oracy and build on and complement the skills acquired in Welsh and English. MFL lends itself to the development of the key skills such as thinking and communication and can enhance the development of ICT and number skills. It provides an enjoyable cultural experience for all pupils, bringing them into contact with other cultures and countries and helping them to develop a greater understanding of their own lives and communities, thus complementing the Curriculum Cymreig. It also enables children to have a positive early experience of learning a foreign language and move on to the statutory secondary phase of MFL learning with a clear head start. According to the independent evaluation of the National KS2 Pilot an important benefit of introducing a MFL in the primary school was  "the general promotion of language skills and...raised confidence in language learning" (i).  Pupils were also more confident when dealing with issues such as grammar and pronunciation. The aim of this section is "to provide teachers as well as curriculum managers with support and ideas for classroom activities in line with the KS2 non-statutory framework for MFL2" (ii) and to complement guidance which is already available.

(i) People and Work Unit – Evaluation of Key Stage 2 Modern Foreign Language Pilot Projects - 2006

(ii) DCELLS - Key Stage 2: a non-statutory framework for modern foreign languages – 2008