French (MfL)

How we build Champion Linguists:


Curriculum Organisation:

We follow the guidelines set down for teaching and learning Modern Foriegn Languages in the National Curriculum. Our taught curriculum is organised in themes for each half term, with new vocabulary and grammar being introduced in a planned and progressive way. We also plan to review prior learning regularly and systematically.


We follow an integrated approach revisiting and practising learning in class throughout the week in order to embed vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar structures.


Key Stage 1 Children are taught in short sessions of just five or ten minutes to raise their awareness of other languages and cultures. They are introduced to the MFL and become familiar with a new termly phrase, simple games and activities.


Key Stage 2 French is taught by the class/PPA teacher during a forty minute session once a week with regular follows ups to embed within the week. 


The children are taught how to:

  • ask and answer questions; use correct pronunciation and grammar; memorise words; interpret meaning; understand basic grammar; use dictionaries;
  • work in pairs and groups and communicate in French;
  • consider life in another culture.


Teachers use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to have an active engagement with the Modern Foreign Language, including the use of the interactive whiteboard, the Internet, games, role play and action songs. They use mime, puppets, soft toys, story books and online resources to demonstrate and present the foreign language.


Listening, responding and speaking skills are emphasised in KS1 and then simple reading and writing skills in KS2. A multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching is used, i.e. a physical element is introduced into some of the games, rhymes, actions and songs as this serves to reinforce memory.


Teachers try to make lessons as enjoyable as possible so that the children develop a positive attitude to the learning of Modern Foreign Languages. Children’s confidence is built through praise for any contribution they make, however tentative.


The French Curriculum is scheduled for review in Sept 2024.