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MFL (Modern Foreign Language)

Modern Foreign Languages (French)


Intent -Learning a foreign language at Primary age opens children’s eyes to cultural diversity and paves the way for all future language learning. At Kemble we teach French. Children explore similarities and differences between English and French words, phrases and daily life/culture. Our aim is to make language learning fun and enable children to understand and respond to simple everyday language through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our focus on embracing aspects of another culture helps to broaden the world view of socially disadvantaged children who may not have the opportunity to travel abroad.


IMPLEMENTATION KS2 – Teachers base their planning on the requirements set out in the 2014 National Curriculum Framework which has a strong emphasis on speaking and listening. Accurate pronunciation is modelled and encouraged and pupils have the opportunity to hear native speakers as we use a range of resources including French songs, cartoons and clips.

Pupils explore language in a range of ways, for example:

· Listening to and performing songs and rhymes,

· Playing interactive games,

· Asking and answering questions,

· Expressing opinions,

 · Describing people, places and things,

 · Listening to and responding to stories and

· Taking part in simple French classroom plays.

As pupils progress through KS2, they build their basic grammar knowledge and are taught to read carefully and gradually increase their writing from labelling to writing captions, descriptions and simple translations. Topics/areas of learning include, but are not limited to, the following: Greetings, numbers, colours, family, body parts, school, home, weather, time, sports, musical instruments, directions, transport, food and drink, animals.


EYFS & KS1 – Below KS2, Foreign language teaching is not a statutory requirement, however, at Kemble and Siddington, children are still given opportunities to experience French e.g. learning numbers up to 10, colours, greetings or names of animals through stories and songs.


IMPACT We strive to make language learning a fun challenge so that pupils are enthused and confident to use their knowledge and skills to communicate cross-culturally and continue their language learning well into secondary school and beyond.