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St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

MFL:French

Intent – why we teach what we teach


We provide a Modern Foreign Language curriculum that is an opportunity for children to learn French in a creative way that promotes enjoyment and love of languages and develops their understanding of not only French, but the English language also.  We believe that children should learn to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish in Key Stage Two through exciting and engaging lessons.

During their time at St Elisabeth’s, we believe that children should have a range of language experiences.  Consequently, the children will have the opportunity to become increasingly proficient and confident at:

  • listening attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • exploring the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engaging in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speaking in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • developing accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • presenting ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • reading carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciating stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broadening their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • writing phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas
  • clearly describing people, places, things and actions orally and in writing Languages
  • understanding basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied

Implementation – how we teach what we teach
At St Elisabeth's, French is taught from Year 3-6 through weekly discrete lessons. The topics begin with basic greetings and progress to extended writing and speaking.

Our school follows the Primary Languages Network scheme of work, which is adapted to meet the needs of our own children. As we acknowledge children’s different learning styles, our children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.

Impact – how we measure what we teach
The impact of this French curriculum is that children will begin their lives as foreign language speakers with confidence, which will lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3. It will enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focusing on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

The children’s learning journey in French is assessed each term using the current assessment framework and reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year.  The progress of each child will be tracked throughout their time at St Elisabeth's CE Primary.