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At Hurlingham, children learn both French and Spanish from the moment they enter Reception. Children learn a language for one half of the year and then swap to the other language for the second half of the year. In Year 4, they begin their Latin studies, guided by a trilingual classicist.

Modern Foreign Languages is taught by specialist teachers and all pupils have two lessons a week. The lessons are delivered in a fun and creative way using songs, rhymes, games and a variety of activities. Pupils learn to communicate effectively and practically, and develop a cultural understanding of French and Spanish-speaking countries.

In the Lower School, pupils begin by learning a basic range of vocabulary through songs and games with a focus on oral and aural skills. In Years 3 and 4, pupils are introduced more formally to the written language and grammatical structures and broaden their knowledge of vocabulary. Finally, in Years 5 and 6, pupils establish the skills, grammatical knowledge and vocabulary to promote and facilitate their further study of MFL at their next schools.

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