Modern Foreign Languages (French)


T he intention of the French curriculum at St Mary’s is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence, we strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. In planning with actively plan links to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries, through our protected characteristics, British values and curriculum enrichment opportunities. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.

Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop childrens’ skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. We use the CGP ‘Salut’ resource to ensure coverage and progression across school. This resource also supports colleagues new to French.  All our children in KS2 will have regular language lessons.



Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. 


-displays are used to remind children of key vocabulary

-practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall.

-In the classroom where possible instructions are given in French to expose children to the language as much as possible and  day to day contexts.   

-Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary.

-Word mats/ Knowledge organisers are available for children to have out on desks to support their learning and recap previous learning.



We know our languages curriculum is impactful when our children make good progress and are engaged, demonstrating enjoyment and enthusiasm. Our curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills set out by the National Curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. At St Mary's, we strive to teach our children about diversity and tolerance of others – teaching the children another language so they can communicate with others and learning about the cultures and customs of others are integral to this aim.

Modern Foreign Languages (French) Whole school curriculum map

Progression of Knowledge - All Year Groups

St Mary's Learner Leaflets (Progression of Skills and Knowledge)