Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
Please DO NOT use the Castle Pub car park from Monday 17th May 2021 for parking/drop off or collection, both AM and PM. This is due to the inappropriate behaviours and attitudes of the minority.

Learning to read so we can read to learn and gain pleasure is at the heart of all areas of the curriculum. Early reading is therefore our first, foremost and central priority in school so all children are readers. Books are enjoyed and used across all curriculum areas as highly valued hooks, tools and a way of escaping in to other worlds, times, places and situations.

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This is our Modern Foreign Languages page.

Modern Foreign Languages at Sandal Castle Primary is led by Mrs Waddington and Miss Freeman. Mrs Waddington has written a comprehensive scheme of work to be used from Foundation Stage to Year 3 ensuring progression throughout each Key Stage.

As of September 2019, we are delivering the Lingotot KS2 MFL Course which is accredited by NCFE and CACHE, an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England and Wales. This will be available for all children to access from Year 4 to Year 6.

• On completion of this course, learners will receive a certificate of achievement from NCFE through Lingotots’ IIQ Licence.

• Three levels of award are available which have been bench marked against Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3.

• The course consists of 12 units. To be eligible for an award, learners should complete a minimum of five different units

• Learners complete internal assessments which are recorded in their portfolio for Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

We encourage our children to become aware of other languages and cultures. The aim is to inspire our children to love learning different languages through a range of strategies such as through the use of games and songs.

Outdoor French

Year 4

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Year 6

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French Theme Day

Year 1

In year 1 we have been learning how to introduce ourselves in French.

Year 2

Year 2 have been learning the names of a range of food in French. We began by matching the names of a range of French food, and then used this to help us design our own French food market. We then spent time discussing what foods we do and don't like using key phrases.

Year 4

In Year 4, we learnt about the different types of weather and recapped the French vocabulary for the seasons. We compared how the weather might be different in different regions of France and how it can change depending on the seasons. We then worked in groups to present a French weather report.

Year 5

In year 5, we have been looking at the work of the artist Matisse. We recapped the colours and learned about how to say and write what our favourite colours are in French

Year 6

In Year 6, we have entered the colourful world of David Ferreira, a French artist who uses colour and shape to create weird and wonderful versions of animals. We created these after reading Maman, a story exploring animals in French.

French Theme Day - 3rd October 2019

We are looking forward to our first MFL Theme Day of this academic year. Take a look at the content of our next 3 theme days.

MFL Theme Day Mapping


The Eiffel Tower!

Year 2

The theme for our first MFL day was ‘Les Sentiments’ (feelings).We thought about different feelings we knew, and how we could say some of these feelings in French.We then discussed what events might make us feel each of these emotions.We created our own ‘feelings frame’, recording a feeling, alongside an illustration of what might make us feel this way.In the afternoon, we learnt how to ask how somebody is ‘Ca Va?’, and how to respond ‘Je Suis etc’.We spent time practising asking each other the question and responding to it in a conversation using different emotions in our responses.Later we looked at some key scenes from our Read and Respond text ‘The Tunnel’.We recorded simple sentences in French to show how we thought the characters might have been feeling.Lastly we thought about how colours can be connected to feelings and created our own artist palette showing which colours we felt represented a particular feeling.

Year 3

This is 3SE taking part in MFL day. We have been using our map skills to find France on a map of Europe, we then looked at Paris and its famous landmarks. We made pictoral maps of Paris. We have also been learning how to ask and say where we live in French. We are continuing our theme day tomorrow by learning about Georges Seurat and creating our own Pointillism pictures of the Eiffel Tower.

Year 5

In Year 5, our first French Theme Day was based on the famous French artist, Henri Matisse. We began the morning with some retention activities, recalling what we already know and remember from French so far. This included the geographical aspects as well as words and phrases learnt during daily French and with Bex from Lingtotots who visits us weekly. To make this engaging for the children (and super tasty!) we held a short 'cafe' activity, where children were able to practise their French speaking and listening skills in a 'real-life' context. They rehearsed common phrases as a class before applying their skills, asking for a variety of popular French food and drink before enjoying their 'purchases' and listening to French music with their classmates. Following this, story time had a French twist as the class listened to 'Colourful Dreamer' by Marjorie Blain Parker. It is an account of the life of Henri Matisse and how painting became his lifelong passion. We explored his resilience and determination, right through to when he was ill in old age, still continuing to create beautiful artwork by cutting up colourful paper whilst in his bed! Taking inspiration from the story, Year 5 created their own artwork using coloured paper, pencil and oil pastels.

Year 6

In Year 6, we used our French Theme Day to explore a modern French artist called Kikayou. We looked at his work and his desire to create artwork which showcases his playful and joyful nature. We then chose either inspirational characters or characters from our favourite stories (comics as well as book) to create our own. We then learnt how to say our opinion in French. Storytime was great in French and we nibbled brioche whilst we were listening to a French story about a hungry rabbit.

European Day of Languages 26th September 2019

Our Year 4 children attended the European day of languages festival at the National Coal Mining Museum. What a great day they had. They sung songs in French, German and Spanish, learnt greetings in Spanish and created rainbow clouds to learn the names of colours in French, German, Spanish and Italian as well as playing games and acting out French stories using props.

MFL Theme Day 5th July 2019


In Foundation Stage the children joined in saying the days of the week and answering the register in French. They enjoyed looking at photographs from France and talked about the pictures, using adjectives to describe them. They then looked at Monet paintings and created their own work of art inspired by his work.

Year 1

We explored and discussed the characters in the story of the Three Little Pigs. We described the characters of the wolf and the three little pigs using French adjectives. We created our own pictures of the characters and labelled them using French adjectives. We created the three little pig's houses using the appropriate materials and labelled them in French.

Year 2

We have been learning about the French artist Matisse. We have looked closely at pieces of his work in groups, and identified what are the key themes throughout - including collage and colour. We created our own collages, and then labelled the colours we had used in French.

Year 3

For our MFL Theme Day, the children in Year 3 used maps to locate Mexico and identify key information about the country, such as its capital city and bordering countries. The children learnt how to introduce themselves in Spanish and practised using "me gusta" and "no me gusta" to share their opinions on the Mexican food they tasted. Finally, like children in Mexican schools, the children learnt the 'Jarabe Tapatío' ('The Mexican Hat Dance') and enjoyed perfecting the routine for their final filmed performance.

Year 6

On French Theme Day, we were learning how to talk and write about our favourite hobbies. Here are a couple of photos of us practising the key vocabulary


Year 6

Year 6's French Theme Day was linked to the historical context of our Read and Respond book, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. We listened to stories about the occupation of France by the Nazi army during WW2 and stories of a movement known as the French Resistance. We studied examples of French Resistance propaganda and learnt key phrases in French. 6SH created their own actions to help them to remember the new vocabulary. We then created our own propaganda posters using a range of pastels and collage.

Year 4

In Year 4 we studied Italy, using our prior knowledge from our recent Geography topic on Europe to describe the geographical features of the country. We learnt some basic phrases in Italian, including saying hello, introducing ourselves and saying which foods we like and don't like. We then designed, made and evaluated our own healthy pizzas and explained which ingredients we liked and didn't like.

Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage children enjoyed our French Day on Friday. We learned how to count to 10 and to say the days of the week in French and listened to the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. We painted and labelled fruit and made mini books based on the story. We sang French songs and loved doing' 'Tete, epaules, genoux, pieds' (Heads shoulders, Knees and Toes).

As of September 2019, we will be delivering the Lingotot KS2 MFL Course which is accredited by NCFE and CACHE, an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England and Wales.

• On completion of this course, learners will receive a certificate of achievement from NCFE through Lingotots’ IIQ Licence.

• Three levels of award are available which have been benchmarked against Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3.

• The course consists of 12 units. To be eligible for an award, learners should complete a minimum of five different units

• Learners complete internal assessments which are recorded in their portfolio for Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

MFL/Fairtrade Theme Day - 8th March 2019

Year 1

In Year 1 we designed our own house and labelled it after practising the names of the main rooms in French. We also had a tasting session in which children sampled brie, brioche rolls, croissants, baguettes and pain au chocolat. I put a small selection of these in food hamper boxes (shoe boxes) and we tasted each item together commenting on whether we liked it or not and then drew our favourite French food item.

Year 4

In Year 4, we studied atlases to identify French speaking countries around the world. We then looked at the physical and human features of the Cote D'Ivoire and Canada and compared these. Cote D'Ivoire is one of the main countries which produces chocolate, so we then looked at how chocolate goes from bean to bar and the importance of Fairtrade for these farmers. Finally, we wrote instructions for making chocolate krispie buns in French and then tested these out with delicious results!

MFL Theme Day - Spring 2019

On our second French theme day year 2 focused on French food. We learnt to name a range of common foods, and used this information to create our own French food 'boutique's. We designed what our boutiques would look like, and price lists to show what we would sell. We then spent some time talking about what we did and didn't like using French words and phrases.

In Year 3, our French Theme Day had a Geography focus. First, we used inflatable globes and maps to locate France and identify key information about its location, such as its neighbouring countries and major cities. We then focused more closely at Paris, describing and explaining its location using Geographical vocabulary. The children used a range of maps to explore the physical and human features of Paris, including famous landmarks. We then used the maps to create our own pictoral map of Paris.

Examples of French in Year 5

Year 6

In Year 6, we followed in George Seurat’s footsteps and created pictures of the Eiffel Tower using Pointilism- we built up layers and blends of colour creating a pixel effect. We learnt how to talk about our favourite colours in French.

MFL Theme Day - 19th October 2018

Foundation Stage

In Foundation the children all joined in our MFL Day 1 with enthusiasm. First they shared their existing knowledge and experiences of France and then we looked at a map and talked about how we could get to France and what we might find when we got there. The children learned to say 'hello' and 'I am called' in French and loved listening to stories and songs in French. By the afternoon they could even answer the register in French! Finally we looked at the French flag and the children made one to take home.

Year 2

In Year 2 we have been thinking about what it means to speak a langauge, and why people might speak more than one language. We then went on to think about French, and where in the world French is spoken. We used our geographical understanding to locate these on a map. We then spent some time learning greetings and colours in French, and thinking about French culture. We made crepes in small groups for our snack, and tried them with a range of different toppings.

Year 3

In Year 3, the children celebrated MFL with a variety of fun and creative activities. Each teacher held a different activity in their classroom and the children moved around in their classes. At each new stop, the children were asked to greet the teacher in French and ask simple questions, such as, “How are you?” “Are you having a good day?”. Miss Harkin held a food tasting session for some of the typical French food such as brie, baguette and pan au chocolate. The children learnt to say “J’aime la baguette. Miam Miam!” or Je n’aime pas la baguette. Beurk Beurk”. Mrs Wadworth taught the children how to say different body parts through singing, dancing and fun games. Miss Ramsden held an art session for the children. First, they learnt some fun facts about the Eiffel Tower and then the children created an evening scene using pastels and used paint to print the Eiffle Tower. What a brilliant day in Year 3!

Year 4

Year 4 had a fantastic day exploring French language and culture. First of all we found out more about the geography of France and it's position in Europe, relative to the United Kingdom. We used Google Maps to have a look around and even visited the streets of Paris and the top of the Eiffel Tower.

We learned how to greet each other with air kisses on the cheek and practised introducing ourselves - we are getting really good at this! Through a classroom treasure hunt we also learned some everyday items of clothing and then looked at the names of parts of our body. Our favourite part of the day was trying and discussing our opinion of a variety of French foods. We unanimously decided that "Le chocolat chaud est delicieux!".

During the afternoon some classes took part in French themed activities linked to our Golden Time enrichment choice. 4SR produced watercolour paintings inspired the famous impressionist painter Monet and 4HF sang a French song.

Year 6

In Year 6, we explored the time difference between France and other French speaking countries, linking to our current Geography topic. We learnt how to tell the time in French, taking part in a treasure hunt to help us remember! We used an atlas to find French speaking countries around the world and then learnt all about Quebec. We found out about the Sugar Shacks, Taffy, Maple forests, Frontenac Castle, the Biodome in Montreal, a famous cheese called OKA, and we tried their famous dish called La Poutine which is a posh version of cheesy chips and gravy! We licked our plates! We were astonished to find out that Montreal in Quebec is 6 hours behind France so when we were in our lessons, Quebecois people were still in bed! We then drew pictures to create a pictorial map of Quebec showing the important aspects of their culture and traditions!

European Day of Languages Assembly - 27th September 18

KS1 children enjoyed a wonderful assembly led by Lingotot Language expert. Lingotot will feature as one of our After School Club options after October half term.

Our Autumn Term Learning Walk of the school focused upon the subject of MFL.

KS1 celebrate a multitude of languages when answering the register daily and the languages which make up our school community are celebrated. They also order their dinners in French every day.

Year 3 evidence shows children accessing daily French lessons, working with a French parent to learn key vocabulary and phrases through story telling and following classroom instructions in French

Year 4 order their dinner in French every day and a rota allows children to decide on the date, day, month and weather daily.

Year 6 teach French daily thorough active learning, music, conversation classes and by completing daily routines in French such as the register, dinners and instructions.

September 18

In Year 3, we have been working with Madame Evans to learn some basic French. So far, we have learnt the French names for different pets and we have practised counting from 1 to 5. We have thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing our spoken French and pronunciation through playing games and we can't wait for our next session!

MFL Theme Day - 26.6.18

Our Summer term MFL Theme Day took place on Tuesday 26th June. As part of this day, each year group chose a country from the World Cup this year to study. KS1 selected a European country and KS2 a non European country.

There was a strong language focus e.g. greetings/please/ thank you/colours etc and there was also one activity that had a Geography focus. This was a good opportunity to address a Geography objective from the year group e.g. mapping or an environmental issue.

Other ideas utilised were: learning about the culture/traditions of the country or a famous footballer from the national team, singing, food, art, drama etc it is up to you what else you choose to do! Pupil voice feedback has been really positive so far for the Theme Days. The children have loved the range of creative opportunities we have provided so this is another opportunity for us to develop these further.

EYFS - Germany

During our MFL day Foundation Stage looked at Germany. We talked about what we already knew about Germany and then used the computer to find Germany on a map and to find out what their flag looked like. We took part in lots of activities including making a flag, learning a German game and song, finding out about and tasting German food and learning about German fairy tales and creating a Rapunzel tower.

Year 1 - Spain

Year 1 spent the day learning about the flamenco guitar which is an important part of the Spanish culture because they are often played for flamenco dancers.Some of the children even came to school dressed as flamenco dancers!The children decorated their own guitars with collage and symbols from Spain.The children had a lovely time practicing writing some Spanish words and phrases they had learned to pronounce.Year 1 enjoyed learning about Salvador Dali and his unusual art.Inspired by his work they created their own piece of artwork.

Year 2 - Poland

In Year 2 the focus of our MFL theme day was Poland.We researched key information about the country, such as its location, history, population and any interesting facts.We talked about what aspects of Polish life were similar to life in the UK, such as the weather and food, and what aspects were different – such as the language!We learnt to say some key phrases using the language, including answering the register, and practicing greeting one another.The Polish children in our classes really enjoyed being teachers for the day – even bringing in items from home to help them tell us more about their lives in Poland.

Y2 Learning Journey - Poland

Year 3 - Mexico

In Year 3 we studied Mexico. We learnt how to introduce ourselves in Spanish, studied atlases to locate Mexico and used geographical vocabulary to describe its position in the world and created a graph to compare the climate of Cancun in Mexico with the climate of Wakefield. We loved tasting some Mexican food, including tortilla chips, sour cream, salsa and guacamole and we made quesadillas in small groups. We also learnt a traditional Mexican dance and performed this for Mrs Russell!

Y3 Learning Journey - Mexico

Year 6 - Australia

LO: To understand the history and geography of indigenous Australian civilisations

LO: To acquire skills in aboriginal art (pointillism)

The history and geography of indigenous Australian civilisations

Year 4 - Japan

This is a brief overview of some of the activities explored across the different year 4 classes during our theme day on Japan:

Year 5

Year Five thoroughly enjoyed MFL Theme Day- we explored the language and culture of Senegal, a French speaking country. We learnt that Senegalese people believe that every movement needs rhythm and that drumming is a major part of their culture. We used rhythm and chanting to help us learn key phrases. We discovered their wildlife and learnt about the giraffe as a spirit animal representing grace, peace and diversity and created a class collage of Senegalese patterns to demonstrate our unity with this belief.

Year 5 Learning Journey

June 2018

We have been working collaboratively on a Drama, French and Art project.

We have used a text to practice and perform a play in French, using our skills to design and make the costumes and props.

  • I can use a simple English text to learn the animals in French.
  • I can develop my French pronunciation using simple French phrases.
  • I can practice and develop simple French phrases to have a sustained French conversation.
  • I can use mime and actions to aid the understanding of the audience and to show my understanding of French phrases used.
  • I can use the script and text to develop props and costumes for key characters, using a variety of materials, paints and methods to create dramatic effect, all fit for a specific purpose.
  • I can perform/support a performance in French using expression and mime.

Weekly French Story Time - June 2018

Our children are enjoying their weekly French story time with native French speaker Madame Evans. We have been using stories to learn the parts of the body and various animals.

Our next MFL Theme day is planned for 26.06.18. Rather than it being a French Theme Day, this time it will be linked to the FIFA World Cup. More information to follow...

French Theme Day - Spring Term

29th March 2018

In Y3 the children focussed on Paris and its famous landmarks for theirTheme day. After finding where Paris was on a map of France and using Geographical vocabulary to describe its location, the children were given photographs and names of some of the landmarks and looked for clues to match the landmark to its name