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French (MFL)

Bienvenue en France!

Led by Mr Maher

At Nash Mills, we are determined to ensure each KS2 child receives high quality MFL teaching. We chose to teach the children French as this supports their transition into our local high schools that also teach French.


We will:

  • Teach children the skills needed to communicate with increasing confidence in French.
  • Teach children to be able to express their thoughts and ideas both in speech and writing.


We follow the CGP scheme of work across Key Stage 2.  The children enjoy using the resources including video stories, songs, and games.  The children will learn French vocabulary linked to a range of topics including money, animals and school. Throughout the week, the children get the opportunity to practice what they have learned through continuous provision, for example when answering the register or choosing their lunch.


French supports pupils within our whole school vision in that:

  • Communication – French teaches pupils new ways of communicating with each other and develops the skills of listening.  Through consideration of etymology, it also supports pupils to learn about the roots of our language.
  • Spiritual - French supports Spiritual development by getting the pupils excited about learning about the world around them.
  • Cultural Capital – Through engaging with another culture, pupils will be exposed to new ideas and learning.  We would hope that this may encourage some to visit France as they move through the school.


The National Curriculum aims for MFL are that pupils should be taught about:

  • 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 (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter 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

Sequencing of Content

The curriculum follows the Salut! scheme of work, which ensures that key vocabulary, skills and concepts are shared and revisited at regular intervals.  The curriculum is progressive, allowing all pupils the opportunity to overlearn and revisit concepts to aid learning memory.


The Salut! scheme provides learning in a number of multi-sensory ways to meet the varied needs of learners.  This includes recordings and songs as well as written and repeated speech.  

How we add richness through discussion and cultural capital

We have planned French enrichment days where pupils will have the opportunity to develop their language skills.  In addition, pupils lower down the school have the opportunity to see and hear some French through videos shared.

How this subject supports our Christian vision

Learning another language is a vital skill in being part of our wider world and appreciating everyone regardless of differences.  Knowing about the French language and culture is a key way of learning how other people live.

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