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MFL - French



At Harold Wood Primary School we will provide pupils with a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) curriculum which will produce individuals who are literate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident.  This will be achieved through learning in a stimulating environment and with adequate resources so that pupils can develop their MFL skills to their full potential.  We will also ensure that all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs (SEND) have the knowledge and cultural capital to succeed in life.  


The aim of our MFL curriculum is for pupils to:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

The curriculum provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3.  It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.  

Pupils are taught to

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including: feminine, masculine forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.


We follow the iLanguages scheme of work which is stored on the school staff Google drive. The iLanguages scheme follows the 2014 Primary MFL National Curriculum.  This scheme offers audio-visual and written resources which can be delivered by a non-specialist teacher.

Pupils in KS2 are taught French in weekly lessons.  The teaching of French at KS2 is the responsibility of the class teacher with support from the MFL subject leader. Teachers are also encouraged to use opportunities during the week to consolidate learning. 

Pupils in years 3 and 4 will focus on speaking and listening, understanding and recognising written words and writing simple words and phrases. Pupils in years 5 and 6 will be expected to write more substantial sentences in French.  The pupils will have a French book which will be passed up to the next year group as this will show the pupil’s progress in their French learning.



Children are enthusiastic learners and enjoy learning a new language through a fun and well structured scheme. Their confidence levels in the spoken and written language increase as they acquire new language. Progress and language development is seen in the pupil’s French books as they progress through the year and key stage.


2014 Languages Programme of Study