We believe that it is important for all people to master at least one modern foreign language
(MFL). Teaching should provide the foundation for learning languages, equipping pupils to study
and work in other countries. The study of MFL enables children to develop the skills and
confidence to consider themselves ‘World Citizens’ who belong in a multicultural, mutually
respectful world. Our view is that learning a language should start early and that it should be fun.
The priority is that pupils are keen to participate and make progress in being able to converse
using useful sentences to communicate in other languages. We aim to support pupils to
understand other countries and cultures so that they can be more open and adaptable to new
experiences. Ultimately, we wish for our pupils to have a love of languages and to become
curious and respectful of the world around them.
In Key Stage 1 pupils are exposed to the French language throughout the daily routine. Simple
instructions may be given in French, registers may be taken in French, there are simple books to
enjoy and share and simple French songs may be taught in class or assembly.
In Key Stage 2 pupils will participate in a weekly lesson of at least 45 minutes, delivered by our
specialist French instructor, Madame Page or our HLTA. The lessons will involve a variety of
approaches to teaching and learning, including speaking and listening activities, opportunities to
role play simple scenes and to consolidate new learning through a variety of authentic material to
ensure all pupils are fully engaged. Our oldest pupils, in Upper Key Stage 2, also complete a
small amount of writing.
We teach French in themes. We will use a range of online resources including Rigolo and La
In key stage 2, particularly for transition to high school, we make our own books in French, such
as ‘Handa’s surprise’ or a traditional tale.
We have a range of French songs that we sing with the children.