MFL (French)


Through progressive and purposeful planning, children will begin to express their ideas in another language. Through the exploration of another culture and language the children will be given another perspective on the world, facilitating their natural curiosity and interest in other languages; a love of languages will flourish, laying the foundations for future language learning.  Children will develop their skills and knowledge in phonics, vocabulary and grammar.  This culminates in the children having sufficient language knowledge and skills to gain maximum cultural benefit for a day trip to France in the summer term of a child’s year 6.


In all Key Stage 2 classes we teach French.  We teach French at Blackboys through fostering an interest in language learning; through stimulating and encouraging children’s curiosity about language and creativity in experimenting with it;  through supporting both oracy and literacy, and in particular develop speaking and listening skills; through helping children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences;  through laying the foundations for future language study by pupils;  through providing an added perspective on first language teaching and learning.

Modern languages is planned following the broad guidelines set out in the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages. The school’s Scheme of Work ensures that there is continuity and progression in both skills and content across all classes.

We use a bespoke set of units which all include speaking and listening and reading and writing the French language.  We build the skills and knowledge that children will need on their Year 6 French Trip.


Opportunities to monitor the children’s progress in French are built into our programmes of study.  Most assessment is formative and is used to support teaching and learning and inform future planning.  Assessments are based on observation of children working on different oral activities and written product with progress made in phonics, vocabulary and grammar..  Frequent low stakes quizzing is used to build memory through repeated recall.  The subject leader uses assessment to refine planning and set cpd needs.