The Intent of our French Curriculum

Our intent for our Modern Foreign Language (MFL) curriculum is to have clear progression in the understanding of French through the school. Generally, the children in school rarely have any exposure to French outside of school so we begin with the basics in reception and teach throughout school.

We provide discreet French teaching throughout school to encourage children’s confidence and to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.

The Implementation of our French Curriculum

Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences.

 In school we:

  • word banks are used to remind children of key vocabulary;
  • practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall;
  • in the lessons whether possible instructions are given in French to expose children to the language;

How it is assessed:

We strive to ensure that our pupil’s attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. The teaching sequence, ensures that children are accessing work at age related expectations, with regular opportunities to use their knowledge in different contexts.

The Impact of our French Curriculum

The impact of our Modern Foreign Language curriculum is that children are encouraged to understand the relevance of what they are learning in languages and how it can be used everyday life and travel. Also, how it could help them in another country or to talk to a French speaker.

Teachers foster an enjoyment of languages through a variety of lessons including interactive, singing and outdoor lessons.

Progression through a topic should be evident in the development of  key skills and acquisition of main vocabulary.