Curriculum Statement - French



The learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for children. Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. A high-quality language education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between different languages. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.

In line with the 2014 National Curriculum, we aim to ensure that all children:

Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.

Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.

Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.



French is taught to all children at All Saints’. 

Lessons support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing:

Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, joining in with songs, rhymes and games.

Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French that are delivered through the curriculum content.

After detailed research, we have chosen to follow the MFL PlanIt curriculum from Twinkl. This provides detailed planning and resources to ensure effective progression across key stage 2. It also provides valuable resources to support teacher CPD.  



Our curriculum ensures that children:

Develop their knowledge of where different languages are spoken in the world.

Begin to develop confidence and ability in speaking, reading and writing in French


Skills Progression

Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. See links below for the Long term plan for French and for French Skills Progression.



Teachers assess children’s progress informally during lessons. Assessment for learning is continuous throughout the planning, teaching and learning cycle. Assessment is supported by use of the following strategies:


  •          Observing children at work, individually, in pairs, in a group and in class during whole class  teaching.
  •          Using differentiated, open-ended questions that require children to explain their understanding.
  •          Providing effective verbal feedback and written marking feedback where appropriate.