St Bernadette Catholic Primary School

MFL - French

‘One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.’ Frank Smith (linguist)


At St Bernadette Catholic Primary School, the core language taught in Key Stage Two is French. Our planning is based upon the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign language curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes.


All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.


Through learning a foreign language, we wish to instil and foster pupil’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world beyond the United Kingdom opening up their knowledge experiences to other cultures and languages.



All KS2 classes will have access to a high-quality scheme of work and resources. This will progressively develop pupil skills in French through well-planned weekly lessons taught by class teachers


The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning.


The progression map shows precisely how pupil foreign language learning across the key skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar progresses across each year group.

The long term overview outlines the units to be taught each half term in each year group. Each unit is divided into 6 lessons.

  • Each unit and lesson will have clearly defined objectives and aims.
  • Each lesson will incorporate interactive whiteboard materials to include ample speaking and listening tasks within a lesson.
  • Reading and writing activities will be offered in all units. Some extended reading and writing activities are provided so that native speakers can also be catered for.
  • Every unit will include a grammar concept which will increase in complexity as pupils move through units.

The end of each unit provides the opportunity to assess children’s progress against unit objectives.