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Bedgrove Junior School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



"A different language is a different vision of life."
Federico Fellini


At Bedgrove Junior School, we want to inspire all children to become immersed in learning a new language by delivering an engaging curriculum with enthusiastic teachers.  We focus on the teaching of French. The reason we focus on French is that it is a common language taught in KS3 at our main feeder schools and we believe it is essential that we provide our pupils with the skills and knowledge to succeed when they move to secondary school with a clear foundation in a language; primarily French. These tools will support the children to adapt and learn how to understand and engage with learning any other language that they may encounter whilst at secondary school.  We aim to provide children with a broad understanding of the different ways in which they can learn and develop the skills to learn a different language. We will utilise the use of games, songs and stories to solidify the children’s knowledge and help them to progress further. We also aim to challenge all pupils by constantly providing them with opportunities to record their words or sentences from memory to help solidify the language. We also want children to be independent within their learning of a language and greatly encourage them to use their new language in their day-to-day life as well as discovering new language for themselves.  


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MFL Day - March 2021


On 30th March, Bedgrove Junior School had their very first MFL day. Each year group studied a different language and spent the day learning the basics of these languages. Year 3 learnt German, Year 4 learnt Spanish, Year 5 learnt Italian and Year 6 learnt Japanese. Each year group looked at basic greetings and carried out some role play activities. They then looked at an area of interest such as food. A local Japanese restaurant supplied all children in Year 6 with cucumber maki's and chop sticks to make their learning more purposeful. The afternoon was spent studying a famous artist or art style from the country. Children were taught how to say colours in their chosen language and created some brilliant pieces of art. 


This was a great day which was thoroughly enjoyed by all children and staff and we cannot wait for the next MFL day!