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The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources;
  • speak with increasing confidence and fluency, including through discussion and asking questions;
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt;
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


Languages is a statutory subject for all pupils in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6), but at Hereward our language teaching begins in Key Stage 1 and Reception. Our chosen foreign language is French and we use a wide variety of resources to support this.


Additionally, in Year 6 the pupils complete a unit of work on Latin with specific attention given to how Latin words have helped shape the English language that we know today.


For the 2018/2019 school year, we are delighted to be visited by a Mandarin speaking assistant; she will be working within Years 2, 3 and 4. Please see below for a video of the children speaking in Mandarin.

French 'Goodbye' song

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Our wonderful Nursery pupils sing a 'Goodbye' song in French at the end of their school day.

Mandarin song

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The children in 4H sing 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' in Mandarin.

Bonne Fete

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Year 6 sing a French song to our attendance mascot, Scooby Doo.

Singing a French song

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The Hereward pupils teach each other the song 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' in French.

Using French for everyday language choices

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Watch some Hereward children converse in simple French.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in French

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Watch one of our pupils read this popular children's story in French.