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Primary Language Learning

20 September 2016

  • APAA-9261

¡Hola! Bonjour! Ni Hao!

According to people that speak multiple languages compared to those who speak one language are more likely to:

  • have higher general intelligence
  • be better at planning, prioritising, and decision making
  • score higher on standardised math, reading, and vocabulary tests 
  • be more perceptive of their surroundings
  • understand others’ points of view
  • have better focus, concentration, and attention 
  • delay immediate gratification in the pursuit of long-term goals
  • have better memory and memorisation skills, including better working memory 
  • exhibit mental flexibility 
  • switch between tasks quickly
  • be creative
  • have good listening skills

This is why we take language learning very seriously at BIS and ensure that from 4 years old, our children receive a language lesson each week in either French, Spanish or Mandarin.

So many things have happened in our MFL lessons since the start of the new school year!

In French, Y4 year students have been learning about the different French speaking countries and are getting reading to jet off around the world with their French “Passports”. Further up the school, the year 5 students have been competing against each other, revising everything they have learnt so far with a game of Kahoot!


In Chinese, the children did a lot of activities related to the Moon Festival, including songs, stories, and dances. They have also had fun learning how to introduce themselves using flashcards and songs.


In Spanish, F3 have met Miguel their new Spanish ‘teacher’ who has been teaching them greetings and also reading them the story of La Caperucita Roja (Little Red Riding Hood).


In year 5, the students are practising simple conversations and having fun with Quizlet whilst Year 6 students are preparing presentations about their families to improve both their speaking and writing skills.

We all look forward to a fun filled and exciting year in MFL!


Alice Ragouzaridis-Clark, Primary MFL Subject Leader