Modern Foreign Language


“Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language.”

– Frank Smith

At Coopers Lane we believe that learning a foreign language is an important part of living in a multi-cultural society. We are given experiences of the French language and cultures through listening, speaking, writing, singing and role playing. Our curriculum encourages us to ask questions about other French-speaking countries and helps us to understand our place in the global community.

When you walk into a French lesson, you will see that we understand how valuable it is to communicate effectively with people in another language. You will also see our natural curiosity about different traditions, festivals and languages and the confidence we are given to try a new foreign language.

Across the school we celebrate a different language for each month of the year. We are taught basic greetings and phrases, and are encouraged to answer the register in that language for the month. We choose languages that represent our community.


Contacting the School

Coopers Lane Primary School is situated in Grove Park in the borough of Lewisham. The entrance to the school is in Pragnell Road, SE12 0LF

School Times

School Day
Mon-Thu 8:45am to 3:15pm,
Fri 8:45am-2:15pm
Breakfast Club 7:30am to 8:45am
EYFS/KS1 Lunchtime 12:00pm to 1:00pm
KS2 Lunchtime 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Afterschool clubs 3.30pm to 4.30pm
After school Tea Club 3:15pm to 6:00pm

School Office

Telephone: 0208 857 7680

Office Email


Ayse Mehmet – SBM (School Business Manager)

Rachel McCulloch – Senior Admin Assistant

Karen Hill – Admin Assistant/Attendance Officer

Kerry Michael – Admin Assistant

Claire Huckle – Admin Assistant